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“My whole life is a breakup song,” jokes Thomas Day. Though he’s only 19, the Brentwood, Tenn., native has had his fair share of heartbreaks. Lucky for him, he has a pretty great outlet: songwriting.
“Music is like a cheat code to finding my emotions,” Thomas says. He adds with a laugh, “Half the time I’m running from my emotions. The only way I can really deal with any emotion is to write songs.”
Before he started writing his own music, Thomas knew that heartfelt songs were what he connected with most. His earliest memories include listening to Maroon 5’s “Songs About Jane” in the car with his dad and singing The Beatles’ “Yesterday” (“probably my favorite song ever,” he gushes). Growing up in a musical family and getting his start in musical theater, Thomas says he realized that music was his future when he was just 9 years old.
But once he hit his teenage years, he found that his passion wasn’t exactly accepted by his peers. “I used to get made fun of for doing music,” he recalls. He found another outlet in football, becoming his high school’s star kicker, which landed him multiple college scholarship offers upon graduating earlier this year.
Even as things took off with football, Thomas never let go of his musical dreams. He credits his “ex-ex-girlfriend’s ex-ex-boyfriend” for pushing him to create an Instagram page dedicated to his music, where his cover of Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” helped him grow a loyal fan base. Joining TikTok in the summer of 2019, Thomas quickly found that his covers of super-honest artists like Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, and Bruno Mars — three of his biggest inspirations — were captivating hundreds of thousands. That following has since turned into nearly six million followers and more than 66 million likes, proof that there’s something special in the way he delivers a song.