Tommy Reilly (Scottish musician)

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Tommy Reilly
Birth name Tommy Reilly
Also known as Tommy Rundle,[1] David Nelson,[2] John Harding[3]
Born (1989-03-07) 7 March 1989 (age 27)
Origin Torrance, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland
Genres Acoustic, pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Labels A&M Records, Euphonios
Website Official website

Tommy Reilly (born 7 March 1989) is a Scottish singer–songwriter from Torrance, East Dunbartonshire. He gained recognition after winning the Channel 4 TV show Orange unsignedAct.[4] Shortly after, Reilly's first single "Gimme A Call" reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release.[5] Reilly released his debut album, Words on the Floor, in 2009. His follow-up, Hello! I'm Tommy Reilly, was released less than a year later on 14 June 2010.

Orange unsignedAct[edit]

Reilly entered the television talent show Orange unsignedAct after hearing that his friends entered the competition themselves.[6] After the first round in the open auditions, Reilly was picked out, however he flew from Glasgow to the auditions and made it through with four yeses from the judges. Reilly almost did not make it to the first auditions. Jo Whiley at first decided at the open auditions he did not have enough experience, but later re-thought her decision. After that slight hiccup, Reilly carried on, impressing Amanda Ghost. This led to him receiving a place on the Unsigned act tour, winning over judges Lauren Laverne, Simon Gavin and Blur bassist Alex James.

Reilly then went to win the competition via public vote with Hip Parade coming second and Scarlet Harlots coming third place. Reilly received a £60,000 advance, a recording contract with Universal Music, a single release, an album deal and a multi-media marketing campaign.[7]

Words on the Floor[edit]

After winning Orange UnsignedAct, Reilly released his debut single, "Gimme A Call", which reached number 14 in the UK Singles Chart.

Soon after he began recording his debut album, Words on the Floor, which was released on 3 August 2009. The album proved commercially unsuccessful, and only managed to reach number 79 in the UK Albums Chart.

Reilly headlined the T Break Stage at 2009's T in the Park, and appeared on the main stage of Lovebox Festival 2009 in Victoria Park, London. Soon after, he toured the UK in support of the album.

Hello! I'm Tommy Reilly[edit]

Shortly after the release of Words on the Floor A&M ended Reilly's recording contract, soon after this he signed with Euphonios and recording began on the follow up to Tommy's debut release. The second studio album, titled Hello! I'm Tommy Reilly, was produced by Roddy Hart who supported Reilly on the Words on the Floor Tour.

The album, Hello! I'm Tommy Reilly, was released on 14 June 2010 with the first single taken from the album, "Take Me Away For the Night" released the week before on 7 June. To promote the new album ahead of its release, Reilly went on tour in the UK supporting Justin Currie and The Proclaimers throughout May and June 2010. Following this Reilly announced that he would tour again, this time as the headline act throughout September 2010.

Waking A Sleepwalker[edit]

On 23 April 2012, Reilly started a PledgeMusic project with the aim to raise funds to enable him to record and independently release his third studio album. On 26 July 2012 the project had reached 100% of its target and had been completely funded by fans' pledges.[8] The album was release to pledgers on 24 July titled Waking A Sleepwalker.




  • Weightless (2015)


  • "Gimme A Call" (2009) UK No. 14
  • "Jackets" (2009)
  • "Take Me Away for the Night" (2010)
  • "Make The Bed" (2010)
  • "Shut My Eyes" (2013)
  • "This Time of Year" (2015)
  • "Weightless" (2015)


  1. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: RUNDLE TOMMY". BMI Repertoire. Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved 22 October 2013.  Compare with the corresponding entry for Tommy Reilly
  2. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: NELSON DAVID". BMI Repertoire. Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: HARDING JOHN". BMI Repertoire. Broadcast Music Incorporated. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Reilly, Tommy (2008). "Tommy Reilly". Orange unsignedAct. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  5. ^ McAlpine, Fraser (30 January 2009). "Tommy Reilly – 'Gimme A Call'". BBC Online. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  6. ^ Harrison, Ruth (7 January 2009). "Tommy Reilly lumps on the Scottish charm". Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "What's the Prize". Orange unsignedAct. 2008. Archived from the original on 5 February 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  8. ^ Tommy Reilly: New Album! Pledge Music (26 July 2012). Retrieved (28 February 2013)]