British singer Tom Andrews, the newest artist to join Greyson Chance on Ellen DeGeneres' eleveneleven label, chatted exclusively with J-14 about his upcoming album, the inspiration behind his music, and his love of Lady Gaga.
J-14: You're currently working on your debut album. What's the process like?
Tom Andrews: I'm writing about what's happening in my life and all the things that are going on because I think I've been having a pretty eventful few years. There's been a lot going on. Working with Ellen DeGeneres and coming to LA for 6 weeks was great for writing - it gave me loads of inspiration. That's where "Carry Me On" came from, which is the most important song to me.
J-14: What is it like working with Ellen DeGeneres?
Tom: It's really incredible. She's such a great person. She's so supportive and it's just really amazing being able to work with someone like that.
J-14: Most people think stars are born overnight, but that's not usually the case. What has your journey been like?
Tom: There have been lots of times when things haven't gone as planned and it's been really difficult. Looking back on it, everything happens for a reason. I entered the X-Factor in England when I was 14 and I didn't even get through to the judges. It was the worst day of my life.
J-14: How do you cope with failure?
Tom: I just pick myself up, dust myself off, and make sure I do better next time to prove myself. I guess there have been lots of failures, but they've just pushed me in the right direction to where I'm supposed to go. I think that mentality always helped me because no matter how many times I was knocked back, I always just picked myself up again and went forward with it. I'd rather do what I'm doing now than what I thought I wanted to do then.
J-14: You're a big fan of Lady Gaga. What do you like about her as an artist?
Tom: She's what a pop star should be. She's talented because she writes her own songs and plays piano like a genius. When I saw her doing an acoustic set, I became slightly obsessed. And whenever there's an award show, it's interesting to watch what she's going to do -- If she's going to wear a meat dress or come out in an egg!
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