Photo Credit to Londin Thompson Article by Kayla Bride
In late March when the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic set in, 20-year-old singer-songwriter Julia Thompson passed the time in quarantine like many others her age — she started making TikTok videos. Thompson, who uses the stage name Londin, mainly used the platform to share clips of herself performing covers of songs, which gradually began to accumulate tens of thousands of views. Ironically, it was a TikTok she posted on April Fools’ Day that went viral. Thompson shared a 60 second demo of an original song called “Wish It Would Rain,” and the reaction was almost immediate.
The video’s view count skyrocketed and its comment section was flooded with users begging for a way to stream the song and wondering how Thompson wasn’t famous yet. The TikTok has amassed over 3.1 million views and almost 11 thousand comments to date, and has opened doors Thompson could only have dreamed of. It turns out TikTok users weren’t the only ones drawn to Thompson’s acoustic pop sensibility; her demo sparked interest from several record labels, and just weeks after posting the TikTok, she signed a contract with Republic Records.
Last week, Thompson released the completed version of “Wish It Would Rain” as her first single with Republic. The single has already been featured on several popular playlists, including Apple Music’s “In My Room” and “New in Pop,” and Spotify’s “Music You Should Know.” Thompson’s fans are now eagerly awaiting her debut EP, which is in the works.
Only time will tell how many other aspiring artists will be able to turn TikTok notoriety into a record deal, but in this case, the app made the impossible possible — it helped a 20-year-old girl from Cleveland secure a recording contract with one of the world’s most prestigious labels, all while in the midst of a global pandemic.
Check out the official lyric video for “Wish It Would Rain” and listen to the single - available everywhere now: LondinThompson.lnk.to/WIWRYD