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RJ THOMPSON’S LONDON“I have always believed that musicians, artists, authors… they all have a responsibility at least to some degree, to hold up a mirror to society.”
Geordie singer-songwriter RJ Thompson was raised on a diet of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. A music feast which has impacted every step of his career to date. As he works towards the release of his long-awaited studio album, his latest single, London, picks up where his poignant cover of Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ left off.

Having enjoyed a meteoric rise in profile over the last 18 months, the Tyneside talent may now be as comfortable sharing the stage with Jools Holland and Joss Stone as he is at a local open mic night, but that has not altered his ambition or creative vision.

He explains, ‘As a songwriter, the events of the last 12 months have certainly given me plenty of reason to write music – to try to rationalise everything that happened and how it affects me and everyone around me. London is one of the the songs that came out of that process. It is a song about an immigrant, or truth be told, a song about any person that feels alienated. The overall message being ‘there’s chaos in the world outside, but there’s hope in the ones you love.’

The video, directed by Ian West, is as full of provocative meaning as the songs lyrical content. The imagery is rich with metaphor and illustrates a songwriters view of the events of the last 12 Months. Although clearly written with ‘London’ in mind, the video has a much wider altruistic message. As RJ explains below..

“I wanted to make a video that was bold… something that you’d want to watch again… something that you’d uncover new meaning each time you watched it. I’m really proud of it. It’s obviously political in it’s nature, but more than anything, I really believe that by the end of the video we have left the viewer with a feeling of hope or empowerment.” – RJ Thompson

With ongoing support from BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music, as well as The Times, The Guardian, Acoustic and Guitarist, RJ admits he is an artist who is still developing his craft, but is excited to take you on the journey with him.

RJ Thompson is available for interviews or playlist features. Please email jeremy@sonnetmusic.co.uk 

Tour Dates

15th September – Sage, Gateshead (Headline Show)
29th November – City Hall, Newcastle (Jools Holland Support Tour)
30th November – City Hall, Newcastle (Jools Holland Support Tour)
1st December – SECC, Glasgow (Jools Holland Support Tour)
22nd December – First Direct Arena, Leeds (Jools Holland Support Tour)


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