Fraser T Smith

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Fraser Thorneycroft-Smith
Fraser T Smith in the studio.jpg
Background information
Born (1971-02-08) 8 February 1971 (age 46)
Buckinghamshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • bass
  • drums
  • keyboards
Years active 1995–present
Labels
  • 70Hz
  • My Audiotonic
Associated acts
Website frasertsmith.com

Fraser Lance Thorneycroft-Smith (born 8 February 1971), known professionally as Fraser T Smith, is a multi Grammy nominated English record producer, songwriter and musician.

Smith has co-written, produced and mixed six number one singles and has contributed to fifteen 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] He contributed to seven tracks on Kano's album Made in the Manor. Smith has also worked with Sam Smith, Craig David, Kano, Britney Spears, Ellie Goulding, Stormzy, Katy B, Tinchy Stryder, Plan B, DJ Mustard, Bipolar Sunshine, Jon Bellion, and Gavin James.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Fraser grew up in Marlow, Buckinghamshire and received education in Marlow and Reading having attended Reading Blue Coat School and Sir William Borlase's Grammar School. After leaving school, Smith attended Woolwich Polytechnic for a year before leaving the faculty having won a scholarship to study at the West London Institute.

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.[4] In 1992, Smith met Rick Wakeman with whom he toured and recorded.[5] Smith then went on to work with Tony Hadley.[6] He also worked extensively with Adam Wakeman.[7] 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".[8][9]

Career[edit]

1999-2012

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.[10] By working with Craig David, Smith was able to develop his production skills, remixing and songwriting. 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”. Smith decided to stop touring and performing and went on to focus on songwriting and production full-time.

2012-2013

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". He was also nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for his writing on "Broken Strings". 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.

2013-2016

Between 2013-2016, Smith worked with long time collaborator Kano on his critically acclaimed album, "Made In The Manor". The record was subsequently shortlisted for the 2016 Mercury Music Prize and nominated for Album Of The Year at the Brit Awards 2017. It went on to win best album at the MOBOS.

At this time, Smith also collaborated with Mexican duo Jesse & Joy on their huge award winning album, "Un Besito Mas" 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. The single "Ecos De Amor" was nominated for Song Of The Year and Record Of the Year. Un Besito Mas also won a Grammy award for Best Latin Pop Album and a Lo Nuestro Award for Pop Album Of The Year.

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

The same year, Smith was approached by grime and hip hop artist Michael Omari, better known as Stormzy. They spent ten months writing and producing his debut album, "Gang Signs & Prayer" released independently through #Merky Records on 24th February 2017. The album was supported by lead single"Big For Your Boots". Gang Signs & Prayer has received critical acclaim on release and has been publicly supported by fellow artists Ed Sheeran, Adele and Niall Horan.


Smith has most recently been working with Calum Scott, Gorillaz, Anne-Marie, Ray Blk, Jon Bellion, Dave and Jorja Smith


Discography[edit]

Artist Song Album Credit Release Date UK Singles Chart US Singles Chart UK Album Chart US Album Chart
Stormzy "Lay Me Bare" Gang Signs & Prayer Writing/Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "Crazy Titch Interlude" Gang Signs & Prayer Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "Don't Cry For Me Ft. Raleigh Ritchie" Gang Signs & Prayer Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "100 Bags" Gang Signs & Prayer Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "Return Of The Rucksack" Gang Signs & Prayer Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "Blinded By Your Grace Ft MNEK" Gang Signs & Prayer Writing/Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "21 Gun Salute Ft Wretch 32/ Interlude" Gang Signs & Prayer Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "Cigarettes & Cush" Gang Signs & Prayer Writing/Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "Mr.Skeng" Gang Signs & Prayer Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "Velvet/Jenny Francis Interlude" Gang Signs & Prayer Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "Big For Your Boots" Gang Signs & Prayer Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "Blinded By Your Grace Pt. 1" Gang Signs & Prayer Writing/Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "Bad Boys Ft Ghetts & J Hus" Gang Signs & Prayer Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "Cold" Gang Signs & Prayer Production/Mix February 2017
Stormzy "First Things First" Gang Signs & Prayer Production February 2017
The Manor "The Reducer" Weak Days, Strong Nights Production November 2016
The Manor "Don't Like Going Places" Weak Days, Strong Nights Production November 2016
Cosmo Pyke "Social Sites" Production October 2016
Dave & Drake "Wanna Know (Remix)" Writing/Production October 2016
Ray Blk 'Baby Girlz" DURT Writing/Production October 2016
Dave[11] "71 / End Credits" Six Paths EP Writing/Production September 2016
Dave "Wanna Know" Six Paths EP Writing/Production September 2016
Dave "Breathe" Six Paths EP Writing/Production September 2016
Dave "Panic Attack" Six Paths EP Writing/Production September 2016
Dave "Picture Me" Six Paths EP Writing/Production September 2016
Dave "Six Paths" Six Paths EP Writing/Production September 2016
DJ Snake Featuring Bipolar Sunshine "Future Pt. 2" Encore Writing/Production August 2016
Dakota "Long Hot Summer" Single Release Production August 2016
Grace "Coffee" FMA Writing/Production July 2016
Magic! "No Regrets" Primary Colours Writing July 2016
Jon Bellion "Maybe IDK" The Human Condition Writing/Production June 2016 5
Kano "Drinking In The West End" Made in the Manor Writing/Production March 2016 8
Kano "Deep Blues feat. Damon Albarn" Made in the Manor Writing/Production March 2016 8
Kano "Seashells In The East" Made in the Manor Writing/Production March 2016 8
Kano "T-Shirt Weather In The Manor" Made in the Manor Writing/Production March 2016 8
Kano "Little Sis" Made in the Manor Writing/Production March 2016 8
Kano "Hail" Made in the Manor Additional Production/Mixing March 2016 8
Kano "New Banger" Made in the Manor Additional Production/Mixing March 2016 8
Gavin James "Bitter Pill" Bitter Pill Production March 2016 52
Gavin James "Nervous" Bitter Pill Production March 2016 52
Gavin James "Coming Home" Bitter Pill Production March 2016 52
Gavin James "Say Hello" Bitter Pill Production March 2016 52
Gavin James "Two Hearts" Bitter Pill Production March 2016 52
Sundara Karma "A Young Understanding" Writing/Production February 2016
Coasts "You" Coasts Writing/Production January 2016
Coasts "Wolves" Coasts Writing/Production January 2016
Sigma "Feels Like Home feat. Ina Wroldsen" Life Writing/Production/Mix December 2015 28
Fleur East "Like That" Love, Sax and Flashbacks Writing/Production December 2015 14
Jesse & Joy "Qué Pena Me Da" Un Besito Más Production December 2015
Jesse & Joy "Ecos de Amor" Un Besito Más Production December 2015
Jesse & Joy "No Soy Una De Esas" Un Besito Más Production December 2015
Jesse & Joy "Me Soltaste" Un Besito Más Production December 2015
Jesse & Joy "More Than Amigos" Un Besito Más Writing/Production December 2015
Sam Smith "Drowning Shadows" In the Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition) Writing October 2015
Maverick Sabre ”Come Fly Away" Innerstanding Writing/Production October 2015 41
Spector ”Bad Boyfriend” "Bad Boyfriend - Single" Writing/Production June 2015
Coasts ”Modern Love” Modern Love - Single Writing/Production March 2015
Bipolar Sunshine ”Daydreamer” Daydreamer - Single Writing/Production February 2015 64
Mikky Ekko ”Time” Time Writing/Production January 2015 16
The Kooks ”Are We Electric” Listen Writing/Production September 2014 16
The Kooks ”Icons” Listen (Deluxe) Writing/Production September 2014 16
Kimbra Goldmine The Golden Echo Writing August 2014
Giorgio Moroder "Don't Let Go" Déjà Vu Writing/Production June 2015 30 72
Sam Smith ”Not In That Way” In the Lonely Hour Writing/Production May 2014 1 2
Lily Allen Holding On To Nothing Sheezus Writing/Production May 2014 1 12
Kaiser Chiefs ”The Factory Gates” Education, Education, Education & War Writing March 2014 1
Kaiser Chiefs ”Ruffians on Parade” Education, Education, Education & War Writing March 2014 1
Kaiser Chiefs ”Cannons” Education, Education, Education & War Writing March 2014 1
Kaiser Chiefs ”Song For Stephanie” Education, Education, Education & War Writing March 2014 1
Example Kids Again" Live Life Living Writing/Production March 2014 13 8
Example ”10 Million People" Live Life Living Writing/Production March 2014 8
Example ”Seen You" Live Life Living Writing/Production March 2014 8
Example ”Can't Face The World Alone" Live Life Living Writing/Production March 2014 8
Jayme Dee "Red Lights" Broken Record (EP) Writing/Production July 2013
Katy B "Still" Little Red Writing/Production March 2014 1
Katy B ”Blue Eyes” Little Red Writing March 2014 1
The Wanted "Show Me Love (America)" Word Of Mouth Production October 2013 8 9 17
Birdy "Standing in the Way of Light" Fire Within Writing/Production September 2013 8
Ellie Goulding "Hearts Without Chains" Halcyon Days Writing/Production July 2013 1 9
Quadron "Hey Love" Avalanche (Quadron album) Writing/Production May 2013
Rita Ora "Shine Ya Light" Ora (Rita Ora album) Writing/Production November 2012 10 1
Dappy "Good Intentions" Bad Intentions Production September 2012 12 6
Dappy "All Or Nothing" Bad Intentions Production October 2012 6
Nelly Furtado "End Of The World" The Spirit Indestructible Production/Mix September 2012
Leona Lewis "Hurt" Hurt: The EP Production December 2011 8
Leona Lewis "Colorblind" Hurt: The EP Production December 2011 8
Leona Lewis "Iris" Hurt: The EP Production December 2011 8
Rebecca Ferguson "Diamond To A Stone" Heaven Writing/Production December 2011 3 23
Adele "Set Fire To The Rain" 21 Writing/Production/Mix July 2011 11 1 1 1
Cody Simpson "On My Mind" Coast to Coast (Cody Simpson EP) Writing/Production April 2011 12
Britney Spears "Trouble for Me" Femme Fatale Writing/Production/Mix March 2011 8 1
Britney Spears "Scary" Femme Fatale Writing/Production/Mix March 2011 8 1
Tinchy Stryder feat. Taio Cruz "Second Chance" Third Strike Writing/Production/Mix November 2010 22 48
Clare Maguire "Are You Ready?" Light After Dark February 2011
Clare Maguire "The Shield and the Sword" Light After Dark February 2011 91
Clare Maguire "The Last Dance" Light After Dark February 2011 23
Clare Maguire "I Surrender" Light After Dark February 2011
Clare Maguire "Bullet" Light After Dark February 2011
Clare Maguire "Happiest Pretenders" Light After Dark February 2011
Clare Maguire "Sweet Lie" Light After Dark February 2011
Clare Maguire "Break These Chains" Light After Dark February 2011
Clare Maguire "You're Electric" Light After Dark February 2011
Clare Maguire "Ain't Nobody" Light After Dark February 2011 7
Clare Maguire "Light After Dark" Light After Dark February 2011
Clare Maguire "This Is Not the End" Light After Dark February 2011
Clare Maguire "Lucky" Light After Dark February 2011
Tinchy Stryder "In My System" Third Strike Writing/Production/Mix August 2010 10 48
Kano "iPod Generation" Method to the Maadness Production/Mix August 2010
Kylie Minogue "Everything Is Beautiful" Aphrodite Writing/Production/Mix June 2010 1 19
McLean "Finally In Love" Finally In Love Writing/Production/Mix May 2010 44
Keane "Stop for a Minute" Night Train Production May 2010 40 1 25
Taio Cruz feat. Ke$ha Dirty Picture Rokstarr Writing/Production/Mix May 2010 6 14 8
Chipmunk feat. Esmee Denters "Until You Were Gone" I Am Chipmunk Writing/Production/Mix April 2010 3 2
Ellie Goulding "Your Biggest Mistake" Lights Writing/Production/Mix March 2010 1 21
James Morrison "Get to You" Songs for You, Truths for Me Writing November 2009 3 49
Taio Cruz No Other One Rokstarr Writing/Production/Mix November 2009 42 14 8
Tinchy Stryder "You're Not Alone" Catch 22 Writing/Production/Mix November 2009 14 2
JLS "Keep You" JLS Writing/Production/Mix November 2009 1
Young Soul Rebels (War Child) "I Got Soul" Non-album Single Production/Mix October 2009 10
Taio Cruz "Keep Going" Rokstarr Writing/Production/Mix October 2009 14 8
Taio Cruz "Only You" Rokstarr Writing/Production/Mix October 2009 14 8
Cheryl Cole "Stand Up" 3 Words Writing/Production October 2009 1
Taio Cruz "Break Your Heart" Rokstarr Writing/Production/Mix September 2009 1 1 14 8
Tinchy Stryder "Preview" Catch 22 Writing/Production/Mix August 2009 2
Tinchy Stryder "Halo" Catch 22 Writing/Production/Mix August 2009 2
Tinchy Stryder "Spotlight" Catch 22 Writing/Production/Mix August 2009 2
Tinchy Stryder feat. Amelle "Never Leave You" Catch 22 Writing/Production/Mix August 2009 1 2
Pixie Lott "Boys and Girls" Turn It Up Additional Production/Mix August 2009 1 6
The Dolly Rockers "Gold Digger" Non-album Single Production/Mix August 2009 46
Frankmusik "Confusion Girl" Complete Me Additional Production July 2009 29 13
Tinchy Stryder feat. N-Dubz "Number 1" Catch 22 Writing/Production/Mix April 2009 1 2
Jennifer Hudson "If This Isn't Love" (Fraser T Smith Remix) Jennifer Hudson Production/Mix March 2009 37 21 2
N-Dubz "Strong Again" Uncle B Writing/Production/Mix February 2009 24 11
Miho Fukuhara "Everybody Needs Someone" Rainbow Writing/Production January 2009
Tinchy Stryder feat. Taio Cruz "Take Me Back" Catch 22 Writing/Production/Mix January 2009 3 2
Florence and the Machine "You Got the Love" Lungs Production/Mix January 2009 5 1 14
James Morrison feat. Nelly Furtado "Broken Strings" Songs for You, Truths for Me Writing December 2008 2 3
Craig David feat. Tinchy Stryder "Where's Your Love" Greatest Hits Writing/Production November 2008 58 48
Tinchy Stryder "Stryderman" Catch 22 Writing/Production/Mix July 2008 73 2
"Craig David" "6 of 1 Thing" Trust Me Writing/Production February 2008 39 18
Jennifer Lopez "Hold It Don't Drop It" Brave Remix January 2008 24 12
Kano "Feel Free" London Town Writing/Production December 2007 12 14
Kano "Police & Thieves" London Town Writing/Production/Mix December 2007 14
Craig David "She's On Fire" Trust Me Writing/Production/Guitar November 2007 18
Craig David "Kinda Girl For Me" Trust Me Writing/Production/Guitar November 2007 18
Craig David "Hot Stuff (Let's Dance)" Trust Me Writing/Production/Mix November 2007 7 18
Kano "This Is My Life" London Town Writing/Production September 2007 14
Kano feat. Kate Nash "Me & My Microphone" London Town Writing/Production September 2007 14
Kano "Fighting The Nation" London Town Writing/Production September 2007 14
Kano "Bad Boy" London Town Writing/Production September 2007 14
Kano & Craig David "This Is the Girl" London Town & Trust Me Writing/Production August 2007 18 14
Jamelia "La La Love" Walk With Me Writing/Production March 2007 20
Beyoncé "Listen" (Fraser T Smith Remix) B’Day Production February 2007 8 3 1
Plan B "Dead & Buried" Who Needs Actions When You Got Words Writing/Production June 2006 30
Plan B "Charmaine" Who Needs Actions When You Got Words Writing/Production June 2006 30
Plan B "Kidz" Who Needs Actions When You Got Words Writing/Production June 2006 30
Plan B "Young Girl" Who Needs Actions When You Got Words Writing/Production/Mix June 2006 30
Rachel Stevens "It's All About Me" Come and Get It Writing/Production October 2005 28
Kano "Signs In Life" Home Sweet Home Writing/Production June 2005 36
Kano "Nobody Can't Dance No More" Home Sweet Home Writing/Production June 2005 36
Kano "Ghetto Kid" Home Sweet Home Writing/Production June 2005 36
Kano "Typical Me" Home Sweet Home Writing/Production February 2005 22 36
Craig David "World Filled with Love" Slicker Than Your Average Writing/Production October 2003 15 4 32
Craig David "4x a Lady" Slicker Than Your Average Writing/Production November 2002 4 32
Craig David "Can't Be Messin' Around" Born To Do It Production/Mix August 2000 1 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fraser T. Smith (2012-01-21). "Fraser T. Smith | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  2. ^ "— The Manifesto". Themanifesto.co. 2014-03-26. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Sweet As A Productions » Out Of Step". Sweet-as-a.co.uk. 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  4. ^ "Secrets Of The Mix Engineers: Fraser T Smith". Soundonsound.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  5. ^ "A&R, Record Label / Company, Music Publishing, Artist Manager and Music Industry Directory". Hitquarters.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
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  7. ^ "Explore Multimedia". Explore Multimedia. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  8. ^ Cassandra (2001-04-02). "Release "Touch Me" by Rui da Silva feat. Cassandra". MusicBrainz. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  9. ^ "Tim Deluxe Featuring Sam Obernik - It Just Won't Do (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  10. ^ "Fraser Smith - From Craig David to Plan B". Gforce Software. Retrieved 2014-05-30. 
  11. ^ Anderson, Sian (27 September 2016). "Dave is the south London MC you need to know about". Red Bull. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 

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