About the Mentor
Thomas Oliver is an award-winning singer-songwriter who is known for his tender vocals, his engaging demeanor on stage, and his slide guitar playing skills.
In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award for his hit, 'If I Move To Mars', from his new album, 'Floating In The Darkness', which debuted at #6 on the NZ Album Charts. 'Floating In The Darkness' is a dynamic journey of the heart which showcases Oliver's distinctive blend of Roots, Soul, Folk and Electronic music, and also features a collaboration with renowned producer/composer, Rhian Sheehan.
With millions of views and streams across different platforms, Thomas has developed an international audience from his home base in New Zealand, and has performed throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe and Vietnam, and has toured and shared the stage with such legends as Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton and Fat Freddy's Drop. The most recent tours showcase an all-new lineup of band members, and a live show that's more spirited and powerful than ever.
Thomas is also internationally recognised as one of the world's leading players of the Weissenborn lap-steel guitar, established by his 2013 album titled 'Beneath The Weissenborn', the world's first full-length, all-instrumental, all-Weissenborn album, which debuted at #6 on the NZ charts, received 5-star reviews, and sold out shows across the nation.
His vocal diversity has also earned him a reputation in Drum & Bass and other electronic music, and his list of collaborations includes some of DnB's most respected producers, including Black Sun Empire, Nu:Tone and Logistics, and boasts releases on prestigious labels including Hospital Records, RAM Records, and Metalheadz.
Teacher Evan Davies from New Plymouth Boys' High School says,
"We are very grateful to the NZ Music Commission for this opportunity. Thomas inspired our students in a way that a teacher cannot - he is out there, living his song writing, but is able to communicate his learnings in a clear concise and engaging way. It was awesome that he was able to share a few songs at lunch time and inspire an even wider range of students and staff. We are hugely appreciative of this opportunity and I believe it will help the boys with their NCEA assessment and their love and passion for music in general. Huge thanks" - Evan Davies