Just because she’s off “American Idol” doesn’t mean she’s not still helping to make singers’ dreams come true. Talk show maven Ellen DeGeneres announced on Thursday that British teen Tom Andrews is the newest artist signed to her eleveneleven record label.
Andrews joins Internet sensation Greyson Chance on DeGeneres’ recently launched label. It was announced that the 16-year-old will release his album later this year. “We see people come on the scene but now we get to watch you from the very beginning, all the way through your career. So it’s fun for all of us to watch this happen to you. You are 16 years old, and I just called you out of the blue at home and I said, ’Hi, I’m Ellen…’ ” DeGeneres said on the episode that aired on Thursday.
“My mum saw an advert [and] it was just for a little singing contest and I did, I went down there. My legs were shaking. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it,” Andrews said. Eventually he did sing in front of a crowd of nearly 900 at the contest, performing the Beatles classic “Let It Be” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” On DeGeneres’ show he sang James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.”
Andrews once played with British band the Noisettes; he was handpicked by the band to play with them at Bristol’s Anson Rooms in the U.K. “Most of my music has a soulful, gospel type influence,” the singer/songwriter and Devon native told the BBC in 2009 when interviewed about his music. He described himself as a soul singer “with an edge.”