Sunderland-based singer Tom A. Smith has released his debut single, Wolves. We asked him the BIG questions . . .

The 17-year-old newcomer played his first ever gig aged just eight, performed at Glastonbury before he was even in secondary school, and Tim Burgess of The Charlatans handpicked him to play his stage at Kendal Calling, making him the festival's youngest ever performer.

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He has also played live with local hero Sam Fender and Catfish & The Bottlemen as well as supporting other Northern acts on the rise like The Lathums and The Mysterines.

The week David Bowie passed away, Bowie's widow Iman shared Smith's cover of Bowie's Lazarus online, commenting on the emotional impact of Smith's rendition, while Morrissey played Smith's cover of Please Please Please, Let Me Get What I Want as his walk-on music on a recent US tour.

Nile Rodgers, James frontman Tim Booth, indie legends The Coral, and many more besides have shared footage of his performances across the globe.

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"It's never normal. Every single time it happens it's surreal," says Smith on the countless pinch-me moments of his career so far. "Music is always what I wanted to do. I just fell in love with it. I asked for guitar lessons when I was four. It's all I've ever known."

Tell us three things about yourself?

Iman shared on her Twitter account a cover version of a Bowie song I had recorded shortly after he passed away.

I was given music lessons by Barry from The Futureheads, Bondy from Catfish and The Bottlemen and Ed, who played drums on Play God by Sam Fender.

When I was 11, I stood with Florence Welch (Florence and The Machine) watching Paolo Nutini’s set at Glastonbury.

How would you describe your music?

I’d hate to classify it to one genre, as I take it wherever I fancy at the time, but I’d say my voice was distinctive. My debut song has a 1980’s The Cure vibe mixed with Billy Bragg and stadium rock.

Who are your musical inspirations?

All the obvious ones: The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bowie, Radiohead, and I love a bit of Sam Fender at the minute. Just watched the Get Back documentary and now I'm obsessed again. Unreal how McCartney wrote all those bangers in a fortnight.

What was the first gig you ever went to and the first record you ever bought/downloaded?

The first gig I ever went to I performed at too. The Cluny in Newcastle supporting a band called Detroit Social Club, I was 8 and they were just being nice people. The first record I downloaded was The Balcony by Catfish and The Bottlemen as I was obsessed with it and covered virtually every song.

What’s your favourite song right now?

Listening to Seventeen Going Under by Sam Fender which I didn’t even like that much at first, anything on the FIFA 22 soundtrack because I have no choice, and the four songs Wet Leg have released, all perfect pop.

Favourite lyric of all time?

"Now then Mardy Bum/I’ve seen your frown/And it’s like looking down the barrel of a gun" Mardy Bum by Arctic Monkeys. Absolute lyrical perfection. Could probably name a few other Arctic Monkeys songs that are brilliant lyrically too.

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If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?

Bohemian Rhapsody, because at least it would feel like I'm listening to a few songs. That would be torture wouldn’t it? I think I’d rather never hear a favourite song again, than only have one. I’d stick with the memories and sing it in my head.

Where can people find your music/more information?

tomasmithmusic on every social site and Tom A. Smith on every streaming service. New music is coming soon.