Bailey Tomkinson

Chart-topping Bailey returns – virtually – to where her musical journey began

In November, students from the British School of Brussels were lucky enough to meet virtually with singer/songwriter/musician and BSB alum Bailey Tomkinson, who shared how she made it from BSB to the top of the iTunes charts (initially as an unmanaged, unsigned artist!).

Number 1 on iTunes’ Country and Singer/Songwriter charts and described “Britain’s Answer to Taylor Swift”, British School of Brussels alum Bailey, now 22, has emerged as one of the UK’s most promising acts.

Originally from St Ives, Cornwall, Bailey made national headlines when she reached number one in the iTunes video charts.  Further success followed when the Times showcased her song ‘Bright Red’ as a rallying cry for sustainability and social justice ahead of the 2021 G7 Summit in her hometown.

Her advice to students on how to make it in music? Hard work, perseverance, believing in yourself – and people who believe in you:

“I came out of my shell at BSB.  It was the first place I performed my own original material to a crowd of people and I had so much support from the school, teachers and my peers; even after departing, this support remains. The music department has such fantastic facilities. As a student, I was in there every day, writing music.”


Wonderful to see you Bailey, we’re so proud of everything you’ve achieved and look forward to seeing what else lies in store!

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