Tom Hugo, well-known as the lead member and composer of the chart-topping Eurovision favourites band KEiiNO, has ventured into solo work that captivates audiences with its authenticity and social relevance. 'Fade Out' follows Tom's previous solo release, 'Royal,' which showcased a departure from the upbeat pop style of KEiiNO, presenting a more acoustic and introspective sound.
Reflecting on the inspiration behind his new solo works, Tom explains, "Isolated in my conservative hometown during the pandemic, I wrote a collection of songs inspired by stories from our own and other LGBTQ+ lives. I wanted to create songs that normalize being different and shine a light on those struggling to fit in."
Tom and his husband Alex N.O., who collaboratively wrote the songs, aspire to foster acceptance of diversity through their music. Tom's dedication to promoting inclusivity is not new; it has been a consistent thread throughout his career. From his solo endeavors to the sensational success of KEiiNO's 'Spirit In The Sky' at Eurovision 2019, Tom Hugo has championed the cause of a more open and diverse world.
Tom Hugo took the Norwegian audience by surprise with his energetic MGP-entry I Like I Like I Like in March 2018. He used his TV-minutes well in Norway's most popular music show, and has big plans for the upcoming year. His upcoming song Family is chosen to be Norway's official Pride-song in 2018, and Tom Hugo will perform at many HBTQ+ events in Europe this summer. Follow his Facebook-page for updates!
Tom was 7 years old the first time he performed publicly, and after years in different pop and rock-bands he made his debut as a solo-artist in 2011. The single, Open Up Your Eyes, reached #100 on the German radio-charts and made it to #12 on the Norwegian charts (VG-lista). Tom released his critically acclaimed debut album Sundry Tales the year after, and in 2013 he participated in the Norwegian ESC with the song “Det er Du”. The song has since become a frequently played song on Norway's most popular radiochannel (NrkP1). Tom's comeback-single "Better Than Me" reached #12 on the Norwegian Radio-charts in august 2017. In 2018 Tom Hugo returned to MGP with I Like I Like, and released Norway's pride-song "Family" later the same year.
In fall 2018 Tom Hugo formed KEiiNO with the goal of winning Eurovision Song Contest. Together with Fred Buljo and Alexandra Rotan, he almost succeeded in 2019 (winning the public vote, but not the jurys..). But KEiiNO quickly became Tom's main project, and the band has been very productive and have reached a large audience (150 mill. streams, 5x platinum, #1s etc..)
Now Tom is based in Oslo, where he is working on new music both for his solo-career and his band KEiiNO. He's currently touring with 10 songs inspired by queer-stories written together with his husband Alexander and is soon to release an album, Eden.