For a young, developing artist from small town Canada, making it onto a nationally televised music competition is a very big deal. But Theo Tams, a native of Coaldale, Alberta – located just outside of Lethbridge – did better than that. In 2008, the pop singer, songwriter and piano player won the sixth season of Canadian Idol, and also nabbed a 2009 Gemini Award nomination for “Best Performance or Host in a Variety Program or Series” for his efforts.


Six years later, Tams has a number of releases and international performances to his credit. His debut album, 2009’s Give It All Away, struck a chord with its many love songs and anthemic ballads. Now based in Toronto, Tams recently released six-song EP Back Pocket through Warner Music Canada/ Slaight Music Canada. Largely self-written, the EP showcases a more playful side of Theo along with the piano-driven romance of songs such as new single “Stay.”


With a number of projects under his belt, and a long career ahead of him, Tams is able to reflect on having been introduced to a huge Canadian audience via their television screens.


TD Music had the chance to speak with Tams during NKPR’s very busy IT Lounge event, and asked him about receiving such huge national exposure early in a career. Where there more pros than cons?


Hear what Theo had to say about that “double-edged sword.”