Sam Fender

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Sam Fender
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Sam Fender in January 2019
Background information
Birth nameSamuel Thomas Fender
Born (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 25)[1]
North Shields, England, United Kingdom[2]
Occupation(s)Actor, Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Years active2016–present
Websitesamfender.com
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
LabelsPolydor[4]
Members
  • Dean Thompson - lead guitar
  • Tom Ungerer - bass
  • Drew Michael - drums
  • Joe Atkinson - keys/synth
  • Johnny Blue Hat Davis - saxophone

Samuel Thomas Fender (born 25 April 1994) is an English actor, singer-songwriter and guitarist. After starting his acting career, he then was signed as a singer and released several singles independently, named one of the BBC's Sound of 2018.[5] Fender signed to Polydor Records in June 2018 and released his debut EP, Dead Boys, in November 2018.[6] He won the Critics' Choice Award at the 2019 Brit Awards the following year and released his debut album, Hypersonic Missiles.[7] The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number one in September 2019.[8]

Early life[edit]

Fender was raised in North Shields in the northeast of England. He attended John Spence Community High School and Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form College with guitarist and keyboard band member Joe Atkinson.[9] He is a Newcastle United fan.[10]

Career[edit]

Fender has other family members who play music.[11][12] His father Alan and brother Liam are both singer-songwriters, with Liam also playing drums and piano.[2][11] In 2010 he was spotted performing in a pub in his home town by Ben Howard's manager Owain Davies, who took him on as a client. In 2011, Sam appeared in the first episode of the British drama series Vera as Luke Armstrong, as well as playing the character of Dean in season one, episode six of Wolfblood in 2012 before being signed as a singer. His 2017 single "Play God" was featured in the FIFA 19 video game.[13] In 2019, after an extended tour, Fender had to cancel several gigs, including the Glastonbury Festival, after experiencing a vocal cord haemorrhage.[14] After a month of rest, he had recovered enough to perform as support act for Bob Dylan and Neil Young in Hyde Park.[15] On 13 September 2019, Fender released his first studio album Hypersonic Missiles. It was preceded by the singles "Hypersonic Missiles", "Will We Talk?" and "The Borders". On December 10 2019, Fender released a new track titled "All Is On My Side." [16]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Extended plays

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2017 BBC Sound of 2018 Himself Nominated[17]
Ticketweb Ones to Watch 2018 Included
[18][19]
2018 Vevo DSCVR 2019 Artists to Watch
BRIT Awards Critics' Choice Award Won[20]
Radio X Best Songs of 2018 "That Sound" Included
[21][22][23]
Metro Ones to Watch 2019 Himself
Radio X Great X-Pectations 2019
2019 MTV Push Ones to Watch 2019 Nominated[24]
Radio X Best of British 2019 "Hypersonic Missiles" #64[25]
"That Sound" #81[25]
"Play God" #90[25]
2020 BRIT Awards Best New Artist Himself Pending[26]

Tour[edit]

2018
Date City Country Venue Capacity Note Ref
19 April 2018 Cologne  Germany Artheater N/A
21 April 2018 Hamburg Molotow Skybar N/A
23 April 2018 Berlin Musik & Frieden 400 [27]
25 April 2018 Nijmegen  Netherlands Merleyn 200 [28]
29 April 2018 Utrecht EKKO 275
5 May 2018 Leeds  United Kingdom Leeds city centre N/A Live at Leeds 2018
6 May 2018 Liverpool The Baltic Triangle N/A Sound City Festival 2018
10 May 2018 Cambridge The Portland Arms 200 [29]
11 May 2018 Exeter The Lemon Grove 800 [30]
12 May 2018 Truro The Old Bakery Studios 300 (standing) [31]
14 May 2018 Oxford The Cellar 250 [32]

[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Virgin Radio UK. "Sam Fender doesn't shy away from our questions!". YouTube. turned 21 in April 2017
  2. ^ a b Filipe Phitzgerard. "Artist Profile: Sam Fender". F Word Magazine.
  3. ^ Paine, Andre (7 May 2019). "'There's a level of songwriting that sets them apart': Polydor signs Sea Girls". Music Week. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Sam Fender". Polydor Official Website.
  5. ^ "Sound of 2018". BBC Radio.
  6. ^ Bury, Tessa (7 June 2018). "News: Sam Fender signs to Polydor Records". Gigs Noth East. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  7. ^ Blake, Jimmy (16 April 2019). "Sam Fender 'proud but terrified' of debut". BBC News. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  8. ^ Sexton, Paul (20 September 2019). "Sam Fender's 'Hypersonic Missiles' Debuts Atop U.K. Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  9. ^ Duke, Simon (20 September 2019). "Who is Sam Fender? Brit Awards Critics Choice winner set for number 1 album". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ a b Iman El Kafrawi (8 February 2018). "Introducing BBC Sound of 2018 nominee: Sam Fender". Spindle Magazine.
  12. ^ Kenicia Gray, Hannah Kane. "Not Your Average Millennial: Five Minutes with Indie Talent Sam Fender". Phoenix.
  13. ^ "FIFA 19 Soundtrack, featuring Childish Gambino, Gorillaz, Logic, and Mores". Electronic Arts Inc. 31 August 2018.
  14. ^ Hutchinson, Kate (3 August 2019). "Sam Fender: "I don't want to cling on to the "class hero" thing'". The Guardian.
  15. ^ Zemler, Emily (13 July 2019). "Concert Review: Bob Dylan, Neil Young Present a Study in Contrasts at London's Hyde Park". Variety.
  16. ^ https://www.nme.com/news/music/sam-fender-shares-new-track-all-is-on-my-side-after-fans-campaign-for-its-release-2585820
  17. ^ "BBC Music Sound of 2018: The Longlist". BBC. 26 November 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  18. ^ "Ones To Watch 2018". Ticketweb. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Vevo DSCVR 2019 Artists To Watch Series Nears Close With Sam Fender, Easy Life: Exclusive". Billboard. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Brits critics' choice award won by Sam Fender". The Guardian. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Radio X's Best Songs of 2018". Radio X. 16 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Ones To Watch 2019: Sam Fender, Ella Mai and Slowthai lead eclectic mix of artists into the new year". Metro. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  23. ^ "The Best New Music, Artists And Bands For 2019". Radio X. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  24. ^ "voting for mtv push: ones to watch 2019 is open!". MTV. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  25. ^ a b c "Best of British 2019". Radio X. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Nominees for the BRIT Awards 2020". BRIT Awards. 11 January 2020. Archived from the original on 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  27. ^ "Movements at Musik & Frieden (12 May 2018)". Songkick.com.
  28. ^ "Merleyn Capacity" (PDF). Doornroosje.nl (in Dutch).
  29. ^ "The Portland Arms – Cambridge's premier pub and venue". Theportlandarms.co.uk.
  30. ^ "Exeter Box Office". Exeter Box Office.
  31. ^ "OLD BAKERY STUDIOS | 3 Daft Monkeys - Year of the Clown Tour". OLD BAKERY STUDIOS.
  32. ^ "The Cellar - South + East nightclub". Resident Advisor.
  33. ^ "Sam Fender". Songkick.com.

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