Posted on May 16, 2019

Country music is a big deal in the UK, both in importing American acts and our own homegrown talent. And no one exemplifies this more than Ward Thomas. 

Their debut album, 2014's ‘From Where We Stand’, was released on a tiny label. Through hard touring and word of mouth, it ended up selling over 25,000 copies. 

For their second LP, 2016's 'Cartwheels', the pair partnered with Sony Music and produced a more polished, slicker effort, full of catchy singles. But when it was released in September of 2016, the pair were still largely an unknown quantity. It was a testament to the newfound power of country music in Britain when the album went straight in at Number One. 

Jumping into 2019, for the new album 'Restless Minds', Ward Thomas have brought in some serious production talent to help them become household names. 

Among the collaborators on the new album are Ed Drewett (Olly Murs, One Direction and Little Mix), Steve Robson (Busted) and Joe Rubel (Ed Sheeran).

It's time to find out more about Ward Thomas, who are set to play on The Isle Of Wight stage very soon!

Who are they?

Ward Thomas are 25-year-old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas. They grew up on a farm in rural Hampshire and have been writing songs together since sixth form.

What’s their story?

‘Cartwheels’ is their second album and looks to be their breakthrough into more mainstream circles. They released their debut album ‘From Where We Stand’ in July 2014, which peaked at Number 41 on the Official UK Albums Chart. However, it went to Number One on the UK Country Chart and was named the UK Album Of The Year at the British Country Music Awards so if this new record does top the charts it won’t be their first taste of success.

The twins got their start after playing a song they’d written to their singing teacher, Ann Bailey, who had been a session singer in Nashville. She sent some of their music to contacts there and the sisters were soon in the home of country, recording their debut album and working on new tracks for ‘Cartwheels’.

Who’s influenced them?

On their Facebook page they list country-star-turned-pop-phenomenon Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Kacey Musgraves and Fleetwood Mac, while in interviews they’ve also name checked the grand dame of country, Loretta Lynn, amongst others.

 

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