Here’s where we post our “Question of the Month” and where you can send in a question about Tom and we’ll do our best to answer. To submit a question, please click on the “contact” link on the bottom right side of the page. Looking forward to hearing from you!Thursday, December 1st, 2011
There’s been a great deal of talk about Sir Tom’s career, most especially, what he’s going to do next.
Will he join the panel on The Voice? If he does, approximately three months will be taken up with all that’s involved in 12 episodes. People in the field say that, if he does sign on, he will essentially cut out three months of doing anything else, although he may still be able to do one-nighters near London, where the TV show is done.
Or, with a new CD coming out – supposedly early next year – should he tour in support of that? And, where should he tour? Praise and Blame was a wonderful move into a seldom-explored-by-Tom-Jones area of music and it should have won heaps of awards. It was certified gold in the UK, signifying 100,000 units shipped to retailers, not necessarily units sold.
Most of the fans who visit TJI all agreed that the effort deserved all it got and more but, to get more recognition, it had to get more promotion – specifically in the USA where the population is 312,696,857 (current as of the moment of this writing according to the US Census Bureau as compared to the UK’s most current population number,62,218,761 (2010 number). With the right promotion, there would logically be more units shipped and sold in the USA. (For the record, Europe has more people than North America but they are divided by diverse languages and cultures so every promo effort has to be specifically targeted.)
Note: I am not even remotely suggesting that Sir Tom only tour the USA/North America. He should go where it makes good sense to go to promote his music and get the widest possible audience and sell the most product.
The GrammyÂ® nominations were announced Wednesday night and – although Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Susan Boyle and Seth MacFarlane were nominated – we know who wasn’t. Admittedly, Praise and Blame might not fit in the category in which they were all nominated – Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album – but it could fit in a gospel category if (1) the voters were daring enough for a slight departure and (2) if the GrammyÂ® nominating committee had heard it often enough. Well, maybe the next one.
So, here’s the TJI Question of the Month for December, 2011:
In the new year, what should Sir Tom Jones do? Make a commitment to The Voice?? Tour? And if he should tour, where should he go? Should he do anything else?