His introspective debut album Long Way Down swiftly followed, ferrying the then 22-year-old straight to the top of the charts.
His expert grasp of balladry and blues came together yet again to deliver the lovelorn troubadour two more BRITs nominations into 2014.
But the accolades didn’t stop there. Last month Tom was at The Ivors to receive the coveted Songwriter of the Year Award.
We spent some time with him on the red carpet to find out how he’s dealing with all the praise and what he thinks of the new generation of British songwriters…