The journey so far
According to Tom Smith, so far his journey as a worship leader and writer has been all about one thing: trust. “I felt a calling to lead worship from a young age,” he says, “but I wasn’t equipped and had no experience.” He chose to take a risk, and in the process found himself on the receiving end of God’s kindness, faithfulness and perfect timing. He also learned a valuable lesson about the nature of following God. “When we step out and follow the call of God on our lives, it gives Him something to play with.”
Today, as director of worship at Soul Survivor, Tom gets most excited about seeing people meet Jesus for the first time through worship in song and with their lives. Tom featured on this years Soul Survivor Live album The Promise - leading on the songs Come Holy Spirit, Reality, 1000 Years, Jesus I Love You, The Promise and Sing Your Glory.
He’s currently writing songs ahead of his first solo full track album, due to be recorded in 2018.
My earliest memory is… Puking all over my mum’s face (must have been about 18 months old)
If I wasn’t a songwriter/worship leader I’d probably be… If all had gone well, a footballer or a Graphic Designer.
The best sermon I ever heard was… Our pastor Mike Pilavachi ‘Obedience is one of God’s Love Languages’
What’s your favourite lyric that you didn’t write?: I have quite a few! Oceans - “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”. In Christ Alone - “And as he stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me”. Beautiful - “When we arrive at eternity’s shore, where death is just a memory and tears are no more”.
The greatest sports team ever in the history of everything… TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR… Obvs!
It was pretty embarrassing when I was leading worship one times and... I was borrowing Martin Smith’s acoustic guitar once whilst I was starting out leading worship. I raised my hands, full of praise in the presence of God leaving my guitar strap very vulnerable. All of a sudden I felt a weight being taken off me and heard a massive ‘bang’. I opened my eyes, looked down, and saw the guitar on the floor. The band stopped playing. Everyone was looking at me in shock. I knelt down, picked up the guitar and carried on leading worship as if nothing had happened, keeping my eyes shut the remainder of the time! The worst thing was Martin was in the front row at the time. But he never mentioned it! Ha!
My first album that I ever bought was… The Killers - Hot Fuss
When I search Netflix, I mainly browse the… Thriller Box Set section.
When I listen to music, my favourite way to do is… In the car or on a plane where I can’t be distracted by wifi & social media!
My first mentor was… Tim Hughes
The most recent thing I saw God do that made me praise Him was… I got to go back to my church I grew up in recently to see 16 youth get baptised after making the decision at Soul Survivor to follow Jesus. One of them was my little brother and I had the privilege of helping baptise him with my dad. Praise God for the one, and for the many!