Theo Tams

FRESH: ‘Therapy’ – Theo Tams

Theo Tams opens up about “Therapy”

Canadian singer, songwriter and musician Theo Tams has just released his brand new comeback single, the funky and superb “Therapy”, his first new music since his 2018 album, “Call The Doctor”. “Therapy” is soulful and harmonious with a great down-tempo beat as Theo questions how he has to love ‘you’ when he’s rundown and in need of some therapy to get him back to full strength. The song delivers his situation and predicament with his usual heartfelt vocals and vocal range set against a slow, easy beat with a very simplistic soundtrack to accompany.

Theo tells us of his return: “This is the start of my fourth project, and it’s the first time in my career where I really feel like I’m doing things on my own terms. It’s taken over a decade to surround myself with a team that is letting me steer my own ship, that’s so damn hard to find in this industry but it really just comes down to trusting your instincts and knowing what feels right. ‘Therapy’ is the start of a new sound for me, but it’s the most authentic my music has ever been, it was time to stop being told what the hell to sing or how to look or act. I started demanding more from myself instead of those I surround myself with”.

Growing up in a fairly strict reformed Christian household in Coaldale, Alberta, Theo discovered a natural inclination towards music while attending church. Towards the end of the 2000’s, his life changed, first through coming out to his parents and then by winning Canadian Idol. Having released his debut album, “Give It All Away”, in 2009, as well as several EP’s in recent years, Theo struggled navigating a post-Idol image and harboured a desire to branch out in his work. Now, he unapologetically finds himself and it would seem that he has finally found his place in the world. “Therapy” is the first taste of his next and most exciting phase of his career yet!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!