A debut single by a student from north Liverpool has soared to the top of the iTunes top ten.
Here We Are by Liverpool teenager Tom Rogan went to number one in the UK's iTunes singles charts and was ranked at number seven on Friday. The song also went to the top of iTunes alternative top ten within days of its release.
Tom, 19, who grew up on the Grizedale estate in Everton, told the ECHO that everyone on his street had downloaded the song.
He said: "All my neighbours on Beacon Lane have bought or streamed the song, old and young. People have congratulated me for what I have achieved so far."
Tom studies at LMA in Liverpool city centre, a performing arts institute partly owned by Robbie Williams. Tom said he was baffled by the song's success, as it has outperformed some of the world's biggest artists such as The Weeknd.
He said: "It must be down to people power. I’ve got a great loyal fanbase, I haven’t paid for any promotion or radio play. It’s just me and my friend Chris Grant promoting it on our socials.
"I think I have a good grassroots following in the city and that has been enough to get me out there. But I need help if I am to sustain the success."
The ECHO asked Tom about growing up on the Grizedale estate, where times have sometimes been tough.
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He said: "I’ve grew up with no problems around there. It's a very tight community, and everyone is supportive of each other. I am grateful to have grown up here.
"Liverpool has the best people and it’s always home to me. There’s nothing I can think of that is bad apart from the seagulls in town."
Tom said his mates were surprised by his success.
He said: "All my mates are shocked with what has happened. None of us expected this to happen. They all have supported me very well over this short period and I can’t thank them enough."
Tom said that he had been recording his own material for some time and used easy to use software to upload his latest song to iTunes. His friend Chris Grant has helped make the record.
Tom said he was inspired by classic British artists such as The Beatles, Artic Monkeys and Noel Gallagher. The north Liverpool man now wants to start singing to live audiences once it is safe to do so.
He said: "I just want to make great music and hopefully get to play live soon when everything gets back to normal."
Richard Wallace, co-founder of media, music and performing arts institute LMA, where Tom studies BA Music, said: “We’re incredibly proud of how Tom has gone out there and got his music heard by so many people in such a short space of time.
“It’s a true testament to his talents, the skills he’s been able to hone at LMA and, crucially, his drive to succeed. At LMA, we make sure we maintain a close-knit community and, despite us being in lockdown at the moment and unable to all be together, I know that our students will join me in giving a Tom a huge pat on the back – we’re excited to see what his future holds.”
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