Tom Robinson is a British songwriter and broadcaster born in 1950. His music career began with the London acoustic trio Café Society, whose 1975 album was produced by Ray Davies. With the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) in the late seventies he was a vocal supporter of Rock Against Racism and LGBT rights - enjoying chart success with Glad To Be Gay, 2-4-6-8 Motorway and Up Against The Wall. TRB's debut album Power In The Darkness went gold in the UK and Japan, and after the band broke up in 1979 Tom subsequently wrote songs with both Peter Gabriel and Elton John.
His third band Sector 27 was unsuccessful in the UK, but in New York they played Madison Square gardens with The Police before splitting in 1981. After further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, Tom was offered his own regular radio show on the BBC World Service.
His broadcasting has subsquently won two gold Sony Academy Radio Awards, and Tom has hosted programmes on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 4 Extra, 5 Live and 6 Music - where he currently presents three shows a week. In recent years he's become known as a champion of independent musicians - both through BBC Introducing and via his own new music blog at Fresh On The Net.
In 2015, inspired by the vibrancy of today's new artists, Tom has returned to the recording studio with award-winning producer and multi instrumentalist Gerry Diver to make his first new album in almost 20 years. The songs are as vibrant and edgy as any he's ever written:
the sound of a veteran craftsman - drawing on his long, rich fund of experience - with a renewed energy and purpose.