Theo Tams - Fixable (Slaight Music/Hidden Pony): This is the latest single from a Toronto-based singer/songwriter who continues to impress as he hones his creative vision. Tams wrote the tune with Andrew Martino and Alexandra Soumalias, and co-produced with Marty Martino.
The emotional honesty that lies at the heart of Tams' work is on display here. He explains that "Fixable was inspired by having a really honest look at love and relationships - for me, there have been times where I've had to ask myself the question - is this too far gone? Is it broken? And if it is broken, can it be fixed? I've always been really intrigued by the notion of fixing what's broken rather than looking for something new, when you apply the same concept to love and relationships. I ist often is a bit more complicated."
The R&B meets pop track features Tams' soulful and plaintive tenor in full flight, as captured in the accompanying live video, filmed on location at Slaight Music.
The Alberta born and raised Tams first made a national splash by winning the Canadian Idol competition in 2008, followed by the release of a debut album, Give It All Away, in 2009. He has released several EPs since then, while gradually forging his own musical identity.
He credits gaining a step-daughter with providing fresh musical inspiration. His press bio notes that this role "is a joyful responsibility" that has given him a new lease on life and inspired him in his music. He recalls a recent conversation with his step-daughter: “I had this eye-opening moment where I thought, ‘It's hypocritical of me to be encouraging her to do all of these things and be comfortable with herself when I am not.’ It was a very quick shift for me.”
As well as his solo recordings, Tams regularly partners with Ali Slaight, as Ali and Theo, and their pure vocal harmonies are popularly showcased on a fresh remake of a Christmas classic each year.
Publicity: Rosie Boyce, Auteur Research
Management: Mike Renaud, Hidden Pony