"Children's music can seem cheesy when you're an adult, but I've rediscovered the goofy, uninhibited joy of dancing to kids' songs thanks to Tom Knight's new album Look Both Ways." - Clare Ellis, research editor, Woman's Day Magazine Jan/Feb. 2023
Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?
After college, I didn’t think I could make a living as a musician, so I started training to be an elementary school teacher, but it didn’t work out. I had too much trouble with “classroom management.” My hat goes off to all those teachers who know how to do that! When my brief teaching career fizzled in my 20s, I decided to focus on figuring out how to make money as a musician — busking at a farmer’s market, playing guitar in a pick-up contra dance band, singing original songs in a café. The café ended up being the best paid gig, because I got dinner out of it! The “a-ha moment” came when I was invited to play music for a puppet troop and 200 people showed up for a gig! We had to schedule a second show. I realized I had some talent as a children’s performer, and I really enjoyed it, and in that moment, I began to see a path forward to making it a real career.
HVY.com - "Look Both Ways: Interview with Musical Artist Tom Knight"
MM: You also run a YouTube channel, so how has that helped your career along?
TK: The music videos became a really important way to connect with audiences during the pandemic. My goal with the Tom Knight Show was to bring elements of my live show to people’s home devices and make high quality records of some of my most popular pieces. YouTube has helped me keep in touch with my old fans and brought me to the attention of new fans from around the world. Besides being a musician, I’m also a videographer, so I really enjoy the creative aspect of figuring out how to make my songs come alive visually.
“Wiggly Tooth” celebrates a universal rite of passage by combining country rock with a honky-tonk piano by Frank Shelton. On Look Both Ways, Tom’s acoustic folk song, “The Garbage Monster,” has transitioned to an R&B bop, showcasing some fantastic bass guitar playing from Daniel Yoong along with Tom Knight’s charming story-song performance. “Stone Soup,” inspired by the traditional folk tale, emerges with new lyrics highlighting community building and mutual aid, voiced as a country-folk bit of Americana featuring fiddle and banjo.