The UK may have a highly unexpected new number one album this week in the form of country pop duo Ward Thomas. The group, who hail from Hampshire in England, are reported to be currently outselling Jamie T’s ‘Trick’ and could be set to hit the top spot on Friday.
The group comprises of twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas, who began writing songs together in high school. It was there where two of their teachers Ann Bailey and Matt Greaves (who also happened to be session musicians) spurred the sisters towards recording their material. They released their first album entitled ‘From Where We Stand’ in 2014. The album, which included the singles ‘Push for the Stride’, ‘The Good & The Right’ and ‘Guest List’, peaked at number 41 in the UK album chart.
Now, seemingly out of nowhere the group are set for a number one record with their second album ‘Cartwheels’, which was released on September 2 by Sony. So far two singles have been released from ‘Cartwheels’ titled ‘Carry On Home’ and ‘Guilty Flowers’.
Ward Thomas have been compared to similar UK groups The Shires and The Staves.
The Shires Crissie Rhodes described Ward Thomas’ music as being written “from a British perspective. While people have been able to appreciate the American sound, they can connect with the themes of British lyrics.”
Elsewhere in the chart there have been a number of other new entries.
Wretch 32’s latest record ‘Growing Over Life’ has come in at number 4, The Divine Comedy’s ‘Foreverland’ is in at number 5, The Carpenters have come in at number 7 and Sophie Ellis-Bextor completes the latest Top 10 entries at number 8.
More information can be found about Ward Thomas on their website: www.wardthomasmusic.com