Tommy Shafer is a 16 year old pop singer/songwriter hailing from Waldwick, New Jersey. Tommy has developed a pure passion for creating music ever since the young age of 12, when he watched Justin Bieber’s 2011 documentary “Never Say Never.” Tommy sings, plays guitar, piano, and writes songs from deep within his heart. He has grown from performing at local open mic nights in front of 25 people to performing on the respected stage of the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ in front of 1,600 people. Tommy has a new single and music video set for release on April 27th, 2016 called “The World Is Mine.” Tommy continues to write, create, and perform music every day, while trying to achieve his goal of getting his music heard by as many people as possible.
“The World Is Mine”, the newest single from 16-year-old performing artist Tommy Shafer, is high-energy from the get-go and immediately likable. Listeners are first greeted by entertaining melodies that play overtop a familiar, appealing progression of notes. The software instruments employed sound extremely refined and are mixed very well, too. The first chorus is broken down, the percussion building steadily over time during re-entry. Later, the song’s intro progression reappears as a transition, leading to the second verse, which is broken down at its opening before ramping back up again shortly thereafter.
Later, the bridge of “The World Is Mine” diverts largely from what we’ve heard up until this point, showcasing an entirely different vibe and subsequent progression of notes before returning to the song’s familiar progression. Within the song, there is a lot of repetition to emphasize the main hooks, allowing them to stick in the minds of listeners well after they were first played, and Shafer’s vocal performance is solid and filled with a lot of emotion. This is a very impressive track overall, so much so that it would not be a stretch to expect to hear this song on the radio, performed by an artist with a larger and more established fan base.