Some amazingly talented people never get the chance to get their music heard, because being a great writer or performer means very little if no-one knows your work. Some people get a break by accident or design, but unless they have the talent to follow it through, they will be a one-hit-wonder or a ‘flash in the pan’. Sandi Thom came to world attention by playing her songs to a webcam for many consecutive nights, and is one of those that have gone on to build a solid career from the winds of change that blow through the internet. From the ‘hippy/folk’ quality of her quirky early work she has explored deeper into the music to present a fresh viewpoint and a considerable talent as a singer, guitarist and songwriter.
Sandi plays ‘Gold Dust’ at a Festival in Switzerland;
Sandi’s first two albums and numerous singles for a major label established her as a folk influenced singer/songwriter with a world profile. There was controversy over her rise to fame, with claims of record company manipulation, but she had the courage to leave RCA/Sony when they essentially wanted her to become a pop star. Setting up her own Guardian Angel label in 2010, Sandi was able to give free rein to her shimmering vocals, her considerable guitar chops and more mature songwriting, operating with a raw, rootsy sound that she had perhaps been denied before. She had a hand in writing all the songs on ‘Merchants and Thieves’, and Joe Bonamassa played, sang and co-produced the album. He and Sandi became an item, in a relationship that lasted for several years. She moved to LA, and her next album ‘Flesh and Blood’ was recorded in Nashville with Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson and Rolling Stones sax player Bobby Keys. These were years of constant touring, sometimes with Joe as a guest, and their gig at London’s Borderline Club was released on DVD. Sandi’s ‘Covers Collection’ album saw her produce, sing and play all the instruments in a tribute to the music that had formed her taste as a youngster.