Fraser T. Smith

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Fraser T. Smith
Fraser T Smith Portrait.jpg
Background information
Born (1971-02-08) 8 February 1971 (age 48)
Buckinghamshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • bass
  • drums
  • keyboards
Years active1995–present
Labels
  • 70Hz
  • My Audiotonic
Websitefrasertsmith.com

Fraser Thorneycroft-Smith (born 8 February 1971) is an English record producer, songwriter and musician. Some of the singles he collaborated on include Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain", James Morrison's "Broken Strings", Tinchy Stryder's "Number 1" and Taio Cruz's "Break Your Heart".[1] In 2016, Smith teamed up with Stormzy to produce his debut album "Gang Signs & Prayer", which won best album at the 2018 Brit Awards. Earlier that year he produced 7 tracks on Kano's Made in the Manor album and co produced the debut EP from South London rapper Dave. Other artists Smith has worked with include Sam Smith.

Early life and education[edit]

Smith grew up in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and attended Reading Blue Coat School and Sir William Borlase's Grammar School.[citation needed] After leaving school, Smith attended Woolwich Polytechnic for a year winning a scholarship to study at the West London Institute.[citation needed]

Smith started his career playing guitar in pubs and clubs both as a solo musician and in bands.[2] In 1992, Smith met Rick Wakeman with whom he toured and recorded.[3] Smith then went on to work with Tony Hadley and Adam Wakeman.[4] In the mid-1990s, they formed Jeronimo Road; a progressive rock band. Smith then became involved in playing guitar in studio sessions, performing on over 200 records, including Rui Da Silva's number one "Touch Me" and Tim Deluxe's "It Just Won’t Do".[5][6]

Career[edit]

In 1999, Smith was introduced to the then-unknown Craig David and spent five years working as his guitarist performing on television and radio, as well as at concerts including the John Lennon Tribute Concert at Radio City Hall in New York, the Tsunami Relief Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and Live 8, London.[7] They remixed songs together under the pseudonym of Treats and have written songs “World Filled With Love”, “6 Of 1 Thing” and “Hot Stuff”.[citation needed] Smith decided to stop touring and performing and went on to focus on songwriting and production full-time.[citation needed]

In 2012, Smith was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for his writing on "Broken Strings".[8] In 2015, Smith was nominated for Album of the Year in the 57th Grammy Awards for his contribution to Sam Smith's album, In the Lonely Hour.[9]

Between 2013-2016, Smith worked with long time collaborator Kano on his album "Made in the Manor". The record was subsequently shortlisted for the 2016 Mercury Prize[10] and nominated for Album Of The Year at the 2017 Brit Awards.[11][12] It went on to win Best Album at the MOBO Awards.[13]

Smith also collaborated with Mexican duo Jesse & Joy on their album "Un Besito Más", which was released in December 2015. At the 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards, the album received the nomination for Album of the Year and won for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album. MOBO Awards: the single "Ecos De Amor" was nominated for Song Of The Year and Record Of the Year. MOBO Awards: Un Besito Más also won a Grammy award for Best Latin Pop Album[14] and a Lo Nuestro Award for Pop Album Of The Year.[citation needed]

In 2016, Smith was approached by grime and hip hop artist Stormzy.[15] They spent ten months writing and producing his debut album, "Gang Signs & Prayer", released independently through #Merky Records on 24 February 2017. The album was supported by the lead single "Big for Your Boots".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "— The Manifesto". Themanifesto.co. 26 March 2014. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Fraser T Smith". Soundonsound.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  3. ^ "A&R, Record Label / Company, Music Publishing, Artist Manager and Music Industry Directory". Hitquarters.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Explore Multimedia". Explore Multimedia. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  5. ^ Cassandra (2 April 2001). "Release "Touch Me" by Rui da Silva feat. Cassandra". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Tim Deluxe Featuring Sam Obernik - It Just Won't Do (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Fraser Smith - From Craig David to Plan B". Gforce Software. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
  8. ^ https://www.completemusicupdate.com/article/ivor-novello-noms-out/
  9. ^ "Grammy Awards 2015: The Complete Winners List". Rolling Stone.
  10. ^ "Mercury Prize 2016: David Bowie gets posthumous nomination". BBC. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Brit Awards 2017: The nominations". BBC News. 14 January 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  12. ^ "BRIT Awards 2017 full winners list". NME. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  13. ^ http://www.itv.com/news/update/2016-11-04/kano-named-best-album-at-2016-mobo-awards/
  14. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (6 December 2016). "Here Is the Complete List of Nominees for the 2017 Grammys". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  15. ^ Savage, Mark (1 March 2018). "Meet the man Stormzy hugged at the Brits" – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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