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 Thorneycroft-Smith (born 8 February 1971)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".

Production discography[edit]

Songs Artist Credit Album Year UK Chart
"Screwface Capital", "Drama", "Environment", "Black", "Lesley", "Voices" Dave Writing and Production Psychodrama 2019 1
"No Matter What" [17] Calum Scott Production Only Human (Special Edition) 2018
"Love Letter" Nina Nesbitt Production and Writing The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change 2018
"Colder" Nina Nesbitt Production The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change 2018
"It Is What It Is" Ruth-Anne Production and Mixing N/A 2018
"Come Alive" Craig David Production The Greatest Showman Re-imagined 2018
"Photographs" Professor Green, Rag'n'Bone Man Production N/A 2018 79
"Funky Friday" Dave Writing and Mixing N/A 2018 1
Nightmares Easy Life Production N/A 2018
"Loyal To Me" Nina Nesbitt Production and Mixing N/A 2018
"Just Fine" Not3s Co-Production, Mixing and Writing Take Not3s II 2018 60
"Me Not You", "Neverland", "Nigerian Eagle", "Palm Wine", "Stressin Me", "Trekked Like Me", "GOT", "Interlude" Not3s Mixing Take Not3s II 2018 16
"Love Hurts" Elias Writing Entwined [18] 2018
"Got You" [19] 169 ft. Dave Production Seasons EP [20] 2018
"Man Don't Dance" [21] Big Shaq Production N/A 2018
"Confidence"[22] Raye Writing and Production Side Tape EP 2018
"Used To Love You" Anne-Marie Writing and Production Speak Your Mind (Deluxe Edition) 2018 3
"Family Tree"[23] Ramz Writing and Production N/A 2018 42
"If Our Love Is Wrong", "Come Back Home", "Hotel Room", "Won't Let You Down", "Only You" Calum Scott Production Only Human 2018 4
"Going On", "Love Will Come Around", "Love Me Like It's Yesterday","Focus" Craig David Writing, Production and Mixing The Time Is Now 2018 2
"Sober"[24] Tom Grennan Writing and Production Lighting Matches 2018
"Question Time", "Calling Me Out", "How I Met My Ex", "Game Over", "My 19th Birthday", "Attitude" Dave Writing and Production Game Over EP 2017
"No Words" Dave Writing and Production Game Over EP 2017 17
"Decline" Raye Writing and Production Side Tape EP 2017 15
"I Know You" Craig David Writing and Production The Time Is Now 2017 5
"You Are The Reason" Calum Scott Production Only Human 2017 86
"Blinded By Your Grace Pt 2 ft MNEK" Stormzy Writing and Production Gang Signs & Prayer 2017 7
Tequila [25] Dave Writing and Production N/A 2017
"Grace Gold" Meg Mac Writing Low Blows 2017
"Good Goodbye" Linkin Park (feat. Stormzy and Pusha T) Vocal Engineering One More Light 2017
"Revenge"[26] Dave Writing, Production and Mix N/A 2017
Album Gorillaz Production Consultant Humanz 2017 2
"Save My Soul" Mike + The Mechanics Writing Gang Signs & Prayer 2017
"Chronic Sunshine" Cosmo Pyke Production Just Cosmo EP [27] 2017
"Wish You Were Gone", "Afterschool Club", "Great Dane", Cosmo Pyke Writing and Production Just Cosmo EP [28] 2017
"Blinded By Your Grace Pt. 1", "Blinded By Your Grace Ft MNEK", "Lay Me Bare", "Cigarettes & Cush" Stormzy Writing, Production and Mix Gang Signs & Prayer 2017 1
"Cold", "Bad Boys Ft Ghetts & J Hus", "Big For Your Boots", "Velvet/Jenny Francis Interlude", "Mr.Skeng", "21 Gun Salute Ft Wretch 32/ Interlude", "Return Of The Rucksack", "100 Bags", "Don't Cry For Me Ft. Raleigh Ritchie", "Crazy Titch Interlude" Stormzy Production and Mix Gang Signs & Prayer 2017 1
"First Things First" Stormzy Producer Gang Signs & Prayer 2017 1
"Rhythm Inside" Calum Scott Producer Only Human 2016 -
"Kids Again" Example Writing/Production Live Life Living 2014 13
"Show Me Love (America)" The Wanted Production Word Of Mouth 2013 8
"Standing in the Way of Light" Birdy Writing/Production Fire Within 2013
"Hearts Without Chains" Ellie Goulding Writing/Production Halcyon Days 2013
"Hey Love" Quadron Writing/Production Avalanche (Quadron album) 2013
"Shine Ya Light" Rita Ora Writing/Production Ora (Rita Ora album) 2012 10
"Good Intentions" Dappy Production Bad Intentions 2012 12
"Hurt", "Colorblind", "Iris" Leona Lewis Production Hurt: The EP 2011 8
"Set Fire to the Rain" Adele Writing/Production/Mix 21 2011 11
"On My Mind Cody Simpson Writing/Production Coast to Coast (Cody Simpson EP) 2011
"Second Chance" Tinchy Stryder feat. Taio Cruz Writing/Production/Mix Third Strike 2010 22
"In My System" Tinchy Stryder Writing/Production/Mix Third Strike 2010 10
"Finally In Love" McLean Writing/Production/Mix TBA 2010 44
"Stop for a Minute" Keane Production Night Train 2010 40
"Dirty Picture" Taio Cruz feat. Ke$ha Writing/Production/Mix Rokstarr 2010 6
"Until You Were Gone" Chipmunk feat. Esmee Denters Writing/Production/Mix I Am Chipmunk 2010 3
"No Other One" Taio Cruz Writing/Production/Mix Rokstarr 2009 42
"Get to You" James Morrison Writing Songs for You, Truths for Me 2009 104
"You're Not Alone" Tinchy Stryder Writing/Production/Mix Catch 22 2009 14
"I Got Soul" Young Soul Rebels (War Child) Production/Mix Non-album single 2009 10
"Break Your Heart" Taio Cruz Writing/Production/Mix Rokstarr 2009 1
"Boys and Girls" Pixie Lott Add Production/Mix Turn It Up 2009 1
"Gold Digger" The Dolly Rockers Production/Mix Non-album single 2009 46
"Never Leave You" Tinchy Stryder feat. Amelle Writing/Production/Mix Catch 22 2009 1
"Confusion Girl" Frankmusik Additional Production Complete Me 2009 29
"Number 1" Tinchy Stryder feat. N-Dubz Writing/Production/Mix Catch 22 2009 1
"If This Isn't Love" (Fraser T Smith Remix) Jennifer Hudson Production/Mix Jennifer Hudson 2009 37
"Strong Again" N-Dubz Writing/Production/Mix Uncle B 2009 24
"Take Me Back" Tinchy Stryder feat. Taio Cruz Writing/Production/Mix Catch 22 2009 3
"You Got the Love" Florence and the Machine Production/Mix Lungs 2009 5
"Broken Strings" James Morrison feat. Nelly Furtado Writing Songs for You, Truths for Me 2008 2
"Where's Your Love" Craig David feat. Tinchy Stryder Writing/Production/Guitar Greatest Hits 2008 58
"Stryderman" Tinchy Stryder Writing/Production/Mix Catch 22 2008 73
"6 of 1 Thing" Craig David Writing/Production/Guitar Trust Me 2008 39
"Feel Free" Kano Writing/Production London Town 2007 12
"Hot Stuff (Let's Dance)" Craig David Writing/Production/Mix Trust Me 2007 7
"This Is the Girl" Kano & Craig David Writing/Production London Town & Trust Me 2007 18
"Listen" (Fraser T Smith Remix) Beyoncé Production B'Day 2007 8
"Typical Me" Kano Writing/Production/Guitar Home Sweet Home 2005 22
"World Filled with Love" Craig David Writing/Production/Guitar Slicker Than Your Average 2003 15
"I Wanna Be With You" Mandy Moore Guitar I Wanna Be With You 2000 21
"Touch Me" Rui Da Silva Guitar Non-album single 2000 1

Other Credits[edit]

Song Artist Credit Album Album Release
"Not In That Way" Sam Smith Writing/Production In the Lonely Hour May 2014
"Holding On To Nothing" Lily Allen Writing/Production Sheezus May 2014
"Still" Katy B Writing/Production Little Red February 2014
"Blue Eyes" Katy B Writing Little Red February 2014
"I.O.U." Dappy Writing/Production Bad Intentions October 2012
"All or Nothing" Dappy Production Bad Intentions October 2012
"End of the World" Nelly Furtado Production/Mix The Spirit Indestructible September 2012
"Diamond To A Stone" Rebecca Ferguson Writing/Production Heaven December 2011
"Trouble for Me" Britney Spears Writing/Production/Mix Femme Fatale March 2011
"Scary" Britney Spears Writing/Production/Mix Femme Fatale March 2011
"Everything Is Beautiful" Kylie Minogue Writing/Production/Mix Aphrodite June 2010
"iPod Generationl" Kano Production/Mix Method to the Maddness August 2010
"Your Biggest Mistake" Ellie Goulding Writing/Production/Mix Lights March 2010
"Keep You" JLS Writing/Production/Mix JLS November 2009
"Stand Up" Cheryl Cole Writing/Production 3 Words October 2009
"Keep Going", "Only You", "Dirty Picture", "No Other One" Taio Cruz Writing/Production/Mix Rokstarr October 2009
"Spotlight", "Preview", "Halo" Tinchy Stryder Writing/Production/Mix Catch 22 August 2009
"Under The Fence", "Best Friend" Sam Beeton Production/Guitar No Definite Answer March 2009
"Everybody Needs Someone" Miho Fukuhara Writing/Production/Guitar Rainbow January 2009
"Not Me" Amy Pearson Production, Guitar Who I Am April 2008
"Hold It Don't Drop It" Jennifer Lopez Remix Brave January 2008
"She's On Fire", "Kinda Girl For Me" Craig David Writing/Production/Guitar Trust Me November 2007
"This Is My Life" Kano Writing/Production/Guitar London Town September 2007
"Me & My Microphone" Kano feat. Kate Nash Writing/Production/Guitar London Town September 2007
"Fighting The Nation" Kano Writing/Production/Guitar London Town September 2007
"Bad Boy" Kano Writing/Production/Guitar London Town September 2007
"La La Love" Jamelia Writing/Production/Guitar Walk With Me March 2007
"Dead & Buried" Plan B Writing/Production/Guitar Who Needs Actions When You Got Words June 2006
"Charmaine" Plan B Writing/Production/Guitar Who Needs Actions When You Got Words June 2006
"Kidz" Plan B Writing/Production/Guitar Who Needs Actions When You Got Words June 2006
"All About Me" Rachel Stevens Writing/Production/Guitar Come and Get It October 2005
"Signs In Life", "Nobody Can't Dance No More", "Ghetto Kid" Kano Writing/Production/Guitar Home Sweet Home June 2005
"Personal" Craig David Guitar Slicker Than Your Average November 2002
"4x a Lady" Craig David Writing/Production/Guitar "Slicker Than Your Average" November 2002
"Can't Be Messing Around" Craig David Production/Mix Born To Do It August 2000
"A Vision", "The Return Overture", "Mother Earth", "Buried Alive", "The Enigma", "Is Anybody There", "The Ravine" "The Dance of a Thousand Lights", "The Shepherd", "Mr Slow", "Bridge of Time", "Never Is a Long, Long Time", "Tales From The Lindenbrook", "The Kill", "Timeless History", "Still Waters Run Deep", "Time Within Time", "Ride of Your Life", "Floating", "Floodflames", "The Volcano", "The End of The Return" Rick Wakeman Guitar "Return To The Centre of The Earth" 1999
"A Brighter Dawn" Rick Wakeman Guitar "Tapestries" 1996
"A Little Piece of Heaven" Rick Wakeman Guitar "Can You Hear Me?" 1996
"Starship Trooper" Jeronimo Road Guitar "Tales from Yesterday" 1995
"Burlington Arcade" Rick Wakeman Guitar "The Romance of the Victorian Age" N/A
"Black Bird" Rick Wakeman Guitar N/A N/A
"The Blue Lily" Rick Wakeman Guitar N/A N/A
"Tapestries" Rick Wakeman Guitar N/A N/A
"The Last Teardrop" Rick Wakeman Guitar N/A N/A
"We Can Work It Out" Rick Wakeman Guitar N/A N/A
"Elanor Rigby" Rick Wakeman Guitar N/A N/A
"Fremiet's Cat" Rick Wakeman Guitar N/A N/A
"Fool On The Hill" Rick Wakeman Guitar N/A N/A
"Norwegian Wood" Rick Wakeman Guitar N/A N/A
"Box of Secrets" Zarif Additional Production/Guitar TBC TBC
"California" Zarif Production/Guitar TBC TBC
"Over" Zarif Additional Production/Guitar TBC TBC
"Seen It All Before" Zarif Production/Mix/Guitar TBC TBC
"You Take The Darkness" Zarif Production/Mix/Guitar TBC TBC
"Cash Me Up" Overkillers Writing/Production/Guitar N/A N/A
"Colours" Rosie Ribbons Writing/Production/Guitar Levitate N/A
"Don't Wanna Be A Daddy" The Wayne Foundation Writing/Production/Guitar N/A N/A
"Milf" The Wayne Foundation Writing/Production/Guitar N/A N/A
"Euphoria" Dave Pearce Guitar N/A N/A
"Get Up" Nina Jayne Writing/Production/Guitar N/A N/A
"Could've Been" Nina Jayne Writing/Production/Guitar N/A N/A
"No Ordinary Pain" Nina Jayne Writing/Production/Guitar N/A N/A
"How Could You (Bring Him Home)?" Eamon Remix N/A N/A
"How Could You (Bring Him Home)?" Mandy Moore Remix N/A N/A
"It Just Won't Do" Tim Deluxe Co-production "The Little Ginger Club Kid" N/A
"Less Talk More Action" Tim Deluxe Co-production "The Little Ginger Club Kid" N/A
"You Got Tha Touch" Tim Deluxe Writing/Guitar N/A N/A
"Mundaya" Tim Deluxe Acoustic Guitar, Co-production "The Little Ginger Club Kid" N/A
"Let It Out" Driza Remix N/A N/A
"Love Is In The Air" Colin Firth & Rupert Everett Production/Guitar St Trinian's Soundtrack N/A
"My Love Is Always" Saffron Hill Co-production/Engineering/Mix N/A N/A
"Police & Thieves" Kano Writing/Production/Guitar/Mix "London Town" N/A
"Trouble" Girl's of St Trinians Production/Guitar St Trinians N/A
"Will You Take Me" Tony Hadley Guitar N/A N/A
"Young Girl" Plan B Writing/Production/Guitar/Mix Who Needs Actions When You Got Words N/A
"Fixate" 24/7 Guitar N/A N/A
"Shine Your Light" Rita Ora TBA Ora N/A

References[edit]

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