This Day In Music 29.04.2016
Thomas Michael Henry "Tom" Smith was born on April 29, 1981 in Northampton, England.
As a teenager Smith listened to Britpop band albums and songs that included Oasis' Definitely Maybe and Blur's Parklife albums. "Suddenly, all I wanted to do was to be in a band," Smith has said. "I learned to play the guitar by playing those records."
In 2006 Smith stated that Murmur by R.E.M. was his favourite album of all time.
He studied Music Technology at Staffordshire University where he met fellow Editors band members.
Previously known as Pilot, The Pride and Snowfield, the band consists of Tom Smith (lead vocals, rhythm guitar and piano), Russell Leetch (bass guitar), Ed Lay (drums), Justin Lockey (lead guitar) and Elliott Williams (keyboards and synthesizers).
Smith's vocal style has been compared to that of post-punk singers such as Joy Division's Ian Curtis, Paul Banks of Interpol, Robert Smith of Cure and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. Smith's vocal range is Baritone, but he uses falsetto to reach higher notes.
In 2014, the Daily Mirror published a list of singers with largest vocal range in the UK. Statistics were based on sheet music data from musicnotes.com, a website with over 260,000 sheet music arrangements. With his vocal range of 4.75 octaves, Smith topped the list, beating singers like Elton John, Robert Plant of Freddy Mercury.
Editors - Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors (from 'An End Has A Start', 2007)