Tom Peter Odell is a British singer-songwriter from Chichester, who studied at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Signed to Columbia Records, Odell made his television debut on November 30, 2012 as a performer on Later... with Jools Holland. He released his debut extended play, Songs From Another Love, on October 15, 2012; with a studio album set to succeed it on June 17, 2013.
It was announced on December 6, 2012 that Odell had been shortlisted for the BRITs' Critics' Choice award, announced as the eventual winner on December 20. Odell was also announced as one of fifteen nominees for the BBC Sound of 2013 poll.
When asked by presenter Eamonn Holmes of his artistry influences, Odell said: "I grew up listening to Elton John. One of the first albums I listed to was Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973). I am a huge Elton John fan"; also citing the likes of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and Bruce Springsteen as influences.