Fraser T. Smith

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Fraser T. Smith
Fraser T Smith in the studio.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
Associated acts
Websitefrasertsmith.com

Fraser T. Smith (Thorneycroft-Smith born 8 February 1971)[citation needed] is an English record producer, songwriter and musician.

Smith has co-written, produced and mixed seven number one singles and has contributed to sixteen number one albums in the UK and US.[1] 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".[2] In 2016, Smith teamed up with Stormzy to produce his acclaimed debut number 1 album "Gang Signs & Prayer", which won best album at the 2018 Brit Awards. Earlier that year he'd produced 7 tracks on Kano's celebrated Made in the Manor album and co produced the debut EP from South London rapper Dave. Other artists Smith has worked with include Britney Spears, Drake, Sam Smith, CeeLo Green, Florence and the Machine and Gorillaz.

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]

Having spent a year at the West London Institute studying music, Smith started his career playing guitar in pubs and clubs both as a solo musician and in bands.[3] In 1992, Smith met Rick Wakeman with whom he toured and recorded.[4] Smith then went on to work with Tony Hadley. He also worked extensively with Adam Wakeman.[5] 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 hits such as Rui Da Silva's number one "Touch Me" and Tim Deluxe's "It Just Won’t Do".[6][7]

Career[edit]

In 1999, Smith was introduced to the then-unknown Craig David and spent the next five years working as his guitarist performing on television and radio around the world, 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.[8] They remixed songs together under the pseudonym of Treats and have written songs such as “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 won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year with Adele for 21 having produced, co-written and mixed "Set Fire to the Rain".[citation needed] He was also nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for his writing on "Broken Strings".[9] In 2015, Smith was also nominated for Album of the Year in the 57th Grammy Awards for his contribution to Sam Smith's album, In the Lonely Hour.[10]

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[11] and nominated for Album Of The Year at the 2017 Brit Awards.[12][13] It went on to win Best Album at the MOBO Awards.[14]

At this time, 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[15] and a Lo Nuestro Award for Pop Album Of The Year.[citation needed]

In 2016, Smith teamed up with Dave and went on to write and produce his EP Six Paths, along with 169.[citation needed] The single 'Wanna Know' was subsequently picked up and remixed by Canadian artist, Drake.[citation needed]

The same year, Smith was approached by grime and hip hop artist Stormzy.[16] 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".

Songwriting and Production Credits[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Songwriter Producer
Primary Secondary Additional Vocal
"Cry for Help" 2001 Shed Seven Truth Be Told ☑Y
"If the Music Don't Move Yer" ☑Y
"Eyes Before" ☑Y
"Thinking Again" ☑Y
"Be Myself" ☑Y
"Laughter Lines" ☑Y
"Fathers" ☑Y
"Never Felt So Good" ☑Y
"To the Wind" ☑Y
"Love Equals" ☑Y
"Step Inside Your Love" ☑Y
"Hark! The Foe is Advancing" ☑Y
"World Filled with Love" 2002 Craig David Slicker Than Your Average ☑Y ☑Y
"Typical Me"
(featuring Ghetts)
2005 Kano Home Sweet Home ☑Y ☑Y
"Ghetto Kid"
(featuring Ghetts)
☑Y ☑Y
"Remember Me" ☑Y
"Nobody Don't Dance No More" ☑Y ☑Y
"Signs in Life" ☑Y ☑Y
"Kidz" Plan B Who Needs Actions When
You Got Words
☑Y ☑Y
"Dead and Buried" ☑Y ☑Y
"It's All About Me" Rachel Stevens Come and Get It ☑Y ☑Y
"Sick 2 Def" Plan B Who Needs Actions When
You Got Words
☑Y
"Charmaine" 2006 ☑Y ☑Y
"La La Love" Jamelia Walk with Me ☑Y ☑Y
"This Is the Girl"
(with Kano)
2007 Craig David Trust Me / London Town ☑Y ☑Y
"Bad Boy"
(featuring Craig David)
Kano London Town ☑Y ☑Y
"Fightin' the Nation" ☑Y ☑Y
"Feel Free"
(featuring Damon Albarn)
☑Y ☑Y
"Me & My Microphone"
(featuring Kate Nash)
☑Y ☑Y
"This is My Life" ☑Y ☑Y
"2 Nights 2 Days" WinterKids Wonderland EP ☑Y
"Not Me" Amy Pearson Who I Am ☑Y
"Hot Stuff (Let's Dance)" Craig David Trust Me ☑Y ☑Y
"6 of 1 Thing" ☑Y ☑Y
"Kinda Girl for Me" ☑Y ☑Y
"She's on Fire" ☑Y ☑Y
"You Got Tha Touch"
(featuring Sam Obernik)
2008 Tim Deluxe Non-album single ☑Y
"Stryderman" Tinchy Stryder Catch 22 ☑Y ☑Y
"Broken Strings"
(featuring Nelly Furtado)
James Morrison Songs for You, Truths for Me ☑Y
"Take Me Back"
(featuring Taio Cruz)
2009 Tinchy Stryder Catch 22 ☑Y ☑Y
"Number 1"
(featuring Dappy)
☑Y ☑Y
"Confusion Girl" Frankmusik Complete Me ☑Y
"Never Leave You"
(featuring Amelle Berrabah)
Tinchy Stryder Catch 22 ☑Y ☑Y
"Spotlight"
(featuring Tanya Lacey)
☑Y ☑Y
"Halo" ☑Y ☑Y
"You're Not Alone"
(featuring Meredith Edwards)
☑Y ☑Y
"Preview" ☑Y ☑Y
"Boys and Girls" Pixie Lott Turn It Up ☑Y
"Break Your Heart" Taio Cruz Rokstarr ☑Y ☑Y
"Dirty Picture"
(featuring Kesha)
☑Y ☑Y
"No Other One" ☑Y ☑Y
"Forever Love" ☑Y
"Only You" ☑Y ☑Y
"Stand Up" Cheryl 3 Words ☑Y ☑Y
"Keep You" JLS JLS ☑Y ☑Y
"Your Biggest Mistake" 2010 Ellie Goulding Lights ☑Y ☑Y
"Stop for a Minute"
(featuring K'naan)
Keane Night Train EP ☑Y
"Your Love" ☑Y
"Looking Back"
(featuring K'naan)
☑Y
"Finally in Love" McLean Non-album single ☑Y ☑Y
"Everything is Beautiful" Kylie Minogue Aphrodite ☑Y ☑Y
"In My System" Tinchy Stryder Third Strike ☑Y ☑Y
"Maad" Kano Method to the Maadness ☑Y ☑Y
"Ain't Nobody" Clare Maguire Light After Dark ☑Y ☑Y
"Second Chance"
(featuring Taio Cruz)
Tinchy Stryder Third Strike ☑Y ☑Y
"Wildflower" CeeLo Green The Lady Killer ☑Y ☑Y
"Satisfied" ☑Y
"I Want You" ☑Y ☑Y
"Cry Baby" ☑Y
"Together"
(featuring Alexis Jordan)
Tinchy Stryder Third Strike ☑Y ☑Y
"Set Fire to the Rain" 2011 Adele 21 ☑Y ☑Y
"The Last Dance" Clare Maguire Light After Dark ☑Y ☑Y
"Are You Ready (Intro)" ☑Y ☑Y
"The Shield and the Sword" ☑Y ☑Y
"Freedom" ☑Y
"I Surrender" ☑Y ☑Y
"Bullet" ☑Y ☑Y
"Happiest Pretenders" ☑Y ☑Y
"Sweet Lie" ☑Y ☑Y
"Break These Chains" ☑Y ☑Y
"You're Electric" ☑Y ☑Y
"Light After Dark" ☑Y ☑Y
"This is Not the End" ☑Y ☑Y
"Lucky" ☑Y ☑Y
"Burn" ☑Y ☑Y
"Trust Me I Lie" Nicole Scherzinger Killer Love ☑Y
"Trouble in Me" Britney Spears Femme Fatale ☑Y ☑Y
"Scary" ☑Y ☑Y
"On My Mind" Cody Simpson Coast to Coast EP ☑Y ☑Y
"If Not for You" Pete Lawrie A Little Brighter ☑Y
"Forever" James Morrison The Awakening ☑Y
"The Hourglass" The Good Natured Skeleton EP ☑Y ☑Y
"Diamond to Stone" Rebecca Ferguson Heaven ☑Y ☑Y
"No One" 2012 Maverick Sabre Lonely Are the Brave ☑Y ☑Y
"Running Away" ☑Y ☑Y
"Pulse" Mandy Capristo Grace ☑Y
"Shine Ya Light" Rita Ora Ora ☑Y ☑Y
"End of the World" Nelly Furtado The Spirit Indestructible ☑Y
"Good Intentions" Dappy Bad Intentions ☑Y ☑Y
"Trouble"
(solo / featuring Childish Gambino)
Leona Lewis Glassheart ☑Y ☑Y
"Un Love Me" ☑Y ☑Y
"Come Alive" ☑Y ☑Y
"I to You" ☑Y
"Stop the Clocks" ☑Y ☑Y
"When It Hurts" ☑Y
"Fingerprint" ☑Y ☑Y
"Colorblind" ☑Y
"All or Nothing" Dappy Bad Intentions ☑Y
"I.O.U." ☑Y
"Same Old Song" Tyler James A Place I Go ☑Y ☑Y
"No Comedown" ☑Y ☑Y
"Prisoner in the Rain" ☑Y ☑Y
"Hey Love" 2013 Quadron Avalanche ☑Y ☑Y
"Broken Strings"
(featuring Rich Knight)
Milk Inc. Undercover ☑Y
"Red Lights" Jayme Dee Broken Record EP ☑Y ☑Y
"Standing in the Way of the Light" Birdy Fire Within ☑Y ☑Y
"Show Me Love (America)" The Wanted Word of Mouth ☑Y
"Still" 2014 Katy B Little Red ☑Y ☑Y
"Kids Again" Example Live Life Living ☑Y ☑Y
"The Factory Gates" Kaiser Chiefs Education, Education,
Education & War
☑Y
"Ruffians on Parade" ☑Y
"Cannons" ☑Y
"Song for Stephanie" ☑Y
"Holding On to Nothing" Lily Allen Sheezus ☑Y ☑Y
"Not in That Way" Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour ☑Y ☑Y
"10 Million People" Example Live Life Living ☑Y ☑Y
"Seen You" ☑Y ☑Y
"Can't Face the World Alone" ☑Y ☑Y
"Goldmine" Kimbra The Golden Echo ☑Y
"Fool Boy" Liam Bailey Definitely Now ☑Y ☑Y
"We Are Electric" The Kooks Listen ☑Y ☑Y
"Icons" ☑Y ☑Y
"Breaking"
(featuring Javeon)
Cyril Hahn Voices EP ☑Y
"Time" 2015 Mikky Ekko Time ☑Y ☑Y
"The Book of Love" Gavin James Bitter Pill ☑Y
"Modern Love" Coasts Coasts ☑Y
"For You" Gavin James Bitter Pill ☑Y
"Don't Let Go"
(featuring Mikky Ekko)
Giorgio Moroder Deja Vu ☑Y
"Bad Boyfriend" Spector Moth Boys ☑Y
"Qui Parle D'Elle" Chimene Badi Au-delà des Maux ☑Y
"Wolves" Coasts Coasts ☑Y ☑Y
"Come Fly Away" Maverick Sabre Innerstanding ☑Y ☑Y
"22" Gavin James Bitter Pill ☑Y
"Bitter Pill" ☑Y
"You" Coasts Coasts ☑Y ☑Y
"Drowning Shadows" Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour:
Drowning Shadows Edition
☑Y
"Que Pena Me Da" Jesse & Joy Un Besito Más ☑Y
"Ecos de Amor" ☑Y
"No Soy Una de Esas"
(featuring Alejandro Sanz)
☑Y
"Me Soltaste" ☑Y
"More Than Amigos" ☑Y ☑Y
"Quiereme Despacito" ☑Y
"Feels Like Home"
(featuring Ina Wroldsen)
Sigma Life ☑Y ☑Y
"Nervous" 2016 Gavin James Bitter Pill ☑Y
"Remember Me" ☑Y
"Coming Home" ☑Y
"I Don't Know Why" ☑Y
"Ghost" ☑Y
"Hole in My Heart" ☑Y
"Say Hello" ☑Y
"Two Hearts" ☑Y
"Till the Sun Comes Up" ☑Y
"Dancing on My Own" Calum Scott Only Human ☑Y
"Maybe IDK" Jon Bellion The Human Condition ☑Y ☑Y
"No Regrets" Magic! Primary Colours ☑Y
"Coffee" Grace FMA ☑Y ☑Y
"Wanna Know" Dave Six Paths EP ☑Y
"Don't Like Going Places" The Manor Weak Days, Strong Nights EP ☑Y
"The Reducer" ☑Y
"Rhythm Inside" Calum Scott Only Human ☑Y
"Big for Your Boots" 2017 Stormzy Gang Signs & Prayer ☑Y
"First Things First" ☑Y
"Cold" ☑Y
"Bad Boys"
(featuring Ghetts and J Hus)
☑Y
"Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 1" ☑Y ☑Y
"Velvet / Jenny Francis (Interlude)" ☑Y
"Mr Skeng" ☑Y
"Cigarettes & Crush"
(featuring Kehlani and Lily Allen)
☑Y ☑Y
"21 Gun Salute (Interlude)"
(featuring Wretch 32)
☑Y
"Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2"
(featuring MNEK)
☑Y ☑Y
"Return of the Rucksack" ☑Y
"100 Bags" ☑Y
"Don't Cry for Me"
(featuring Raleigh Ritchie)
☑Y
"Crazy Titch (Interlude)" ☑Y
"Lay Me Bare" ☑Y ☑Y
"The Apprentice"
(featuring Rag'n'Bone Man, Zebra Katz and Ray BLK)
Gorillaz Humanz ☑Y
"Decline"
(with Mr Eazi)
Raye Side Tape ☑Y ☑Y
"I Know You"
(featuring Bastille)
Craig David The Time Is Now ☑Y ☑Y
"You Are the Reason"
(solo / with Leona Lewis, Ilse DeLange or Barbara Pravi)
Calum Scott Only Human ☑Y
"Sober" 2018 Tom Grennan Lighting Matches ☑Y ☑Y
"Going On" Craig David The Time Is Now ☑Y ☑Y
"Love Me Like It's Yesterday" ☑Y ☑Y
"Love Will Come Around" ☑Y ☑Y
"Focus" ☑Y ☑Y
"If Our Love is Wrong" Calum Scott Only Human ☑Y
"Come Back Home" ☑Y
"Only You" ☑Y
"Won't Let You Down" ☑Y
"Hotel Room" ☑Y
"Not Dark Yet" ☑Y
"Used to Love You" Anne-Marie Speak Your Mind ☑Y ☑Y
"Confidence"
(with Nana Rogues and Maleek Berry)
Raye Side Tape ☑Y
"Just Fine" Not3s Take Notes II ☑Y
"Hate Loving You" Dakota Call Me When You Get This EP ☑Y
"Loyal to Me" Nina Nesbitt The Sun Will Come Up,
The Seasons Will Change
☑Y
"Funky Friday"
(featuring Fredo)
Dave TBA ☑Y
"Girl Like Me" Ray BLK Empress ☑Y ☑Y
"Photographs"
(with Rag'n'Bone Man)
Professor Green Non-album single ☑Y
"Thank You" Lena Only Love, L ☑Y
"Come Alive" Craig David The Greatest Showman: Reimagined ☑Y
"Colder" 2019 Nina Nesbitt The Sun Will Come Up,
The Seasons Will Change
☑Y
"Love Letter" ☑Y ☑Y

References[edit]

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  16. ^ Savage, Mark (1 March 2018). "Meet the man Stormzy hugged at the Brits" – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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