Driven by a melancholic piano and Tom’s powerful, distinctive vocals “For Those Who Can’t Be Here” speaks of heartfelt sorrow, remembering those who can’t be there at this time of the year.
Walker will perform the track at the Royal Carols: Together At Christmas on ITV in the UK at 7.30pm on Christmas Eve. He recently played a Forward Trust Charity Event of which The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron. Hosted and spearheaded by The Duchess, and supported by The Royal Foundation, the Christmas carol service will pay tribute to the incredible work of individuals and organizations across the UK who have supported their communities through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Streams and downloads of the track this Christmas will benefit The Samaritans, helping them provide vital emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide.
Walker says: “I wrote this song last year after we lost my grandad, it was a tough time for everyone but especially my mum. I wanted to write this song for her as I can’t imagine how difficult it is to have a parent or a loved one absent at Christmas for the first time. My Gran always raises a glass every year around the table and we do a cheers in honor of those who can’t be here with us. This song is for anyone who does the same.”
Last month, Tom launched his own podcast series “Memories That Made Us,” which recently hit #1 on the UK Podcast Charts. Featuring a host of high-profile guests, including Jamie Oliver, Fearne Cotton, Craig David & Dodie, Tom turns interviewer as he explores the power of recall, and most importantly, the moments that have shaped us. It’s like a conversational version of a Tom Walker song. Tune in HERE.
Tom, a Brit Award winner, whose global streams have passed three billion, was the biggest selling UK signed artist of 2019 and is now working on new material. Expect a new album next year.