Stuart Crichton

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Stuart Crichton
BornAyr, Scotland
GenresPop, dance, R&B
  • Songwriter
  • Music producer
InstrumentsKeyboards, bass, cello, vocals
Years active1989–present
LabelsNative Tongue Music
Associated acts

Stuart Crichton is a Scottish music producer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California.


In the mid-1990s, Crichton and Andy Morris formed the electronic/house music duo Narcotic Thrust, which is an anagram of Crichton's name.[1][2] They released several singles, including "Safe From Harm", which reached number 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in 2002, and "I Like It", which reached number 16 on the chart in 2004.[3] At this time, Crichton was primarily producing dance tracks, releasing music on early progressive house labels such as FFRR, ZTT and Mushroom, and helping make Limbo Records a big part of the early '90s progressive house scene.[2]

Crichton has since written for and produced artists in a variety of genres, including Kylie Minogue, Backstreet Boys, Pet Shop Boys, Selena Gomez, Toni Braxton, Sugababes, DNCE and Kygo.[4][5][6][7] He produced three songs on Stan Walker's 2010 album From the Inside Out, including the singles "Homesick" and "Choose You" (which he also co-wrote).[8] He co-wrote and co-produced Kesha's single "Learn to Let Go", from her 2017 album Rainbow, as well as the track "Let 'em Talk" featuring Eagles of Death Metal.[4][9][10] The album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart,[11] and was nominated for the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.[12] Three songs he wrote and produced were nominated at the 2019 Grammy Awards: "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by the Backstreet Boys (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance);[13] "Stargazing" by Kygo (Best Remixed Recording);[14] and the album Sex & Cigarettes by Toni Braxton (Best R&B Album).[15] He wrote and produced six songs on the 2019 Backstreet Boys album DNA, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 charts.[16][17][18][19] Rolling Stone called Crichton the "common thread on DNA"[16] and called the songs Crichton wrote for the album "the meat of DNA, a breezy collection of three-minute love songs that apply the singers’ airtight melodies to the sound of modern pop radio."[20]

Crichton lived in London for 18 years, relocated to Sydney, Australia in 2008, and then in 2015 to Los Angeles, California.[1][16] He is published by Native Tongue for the World, and managed by Lucas Keller at Milk & Honey.


Year Award Category Work Result
2004 APRA Music Award Most Performed Dance Work "Tonight" by Amiel Nominated[21]
International Dance Music Award Best Pop Dance Track "I Like It" by Narcotic Thrust Won[22]
2015 APRA Music Award Country Work of the Year "Here's To You and I" by The McClymonts Nominated[23]



Title Artist Year Peak positions
US Dance
"Cry India" Umboza 1995 16
"Funky Acid Baby" Narcotic Thrust 1996
"Happy Day" (featuring Wayne Allen) S.J.C. 1998
"Safe From Harm" (feat. Yvonne John Lewis) Narcotic Thrust 2002 1
"I Like It" 2004 16
"When the Dawn Breaks"
"Waiting For You" 2006

Writing and producing credits[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Credit
1993 Kirsty MacColl Titanic Days Producer, remixer
Apollo 440 Astral America Producer
1994 Single Gun Theory Flow, River of My Soul Producer
1995 Keoki All Mixed Up "Justice Justice" Writer, producer
1996 Right Said Fred Smashing! Producer
1999 Apollo 440 "Stop the Rock" Producer
Andy White Andywhite.compilation Producer
2001 Christine Anu Come My Way Writer, producer, keyboards, vocals
Andy White Andy White "Understand" Producer, writer
"Coz I'm Free" Producer, writer
2002 Sugababes "Round Round" Remixer
Pet Shop Boys Release Producer
Kylie Minogue Fever "Can't Get Blue Monday Out of My Head" Producer/Remixer
2003 Sugababes Three "Whatever Makes You Happy" Writer, producer
"Million Different Ways" Writer, Producer
Pet Shop Boys PopArt "Miracles" Producer
"Flamboyant" Producer
Apollo 440 Dude Descending a Staircase "Hustler Groove" Writer, producer, keyboards, cello
Andy White Boy 40 "Tell My Why" Writer, producer
"Can't Hold Back" Writer, producer
2006 Jamelia Walk with Me "No More" Writer, producer
"Beware of the Dog" Writer, producer
Pet Shop Boys Fundamental "Minimal" Producer, mixer
2007 Delta Goodrem Delta "Believe Again" Writer, producer
"In This Life" Writer, producer
"You Will Only Break My Heart" Writer, producer
"The Guardian" Writer, producer
"One Day" Writer, producer
"Angels in the Room" Writer, producer
2008 Brian McFadden Set in Stone "Twisted" Writer, producer
"Room to Breathe" Writer, producer
"Forgive Me Twice" Writer, producer
2009 Kylie Minogue Boombox Producer
Natalie Bassingthwaighte 1000 Stars "Why Do I" Writer, producer
2010 Stan Walker From the Inside Out "Homesick" Writer, producer
"Choose You" Writer, producer
"The One" Writer, producer
Guy Sebastian Like It Like That Producer
2011 Koreen Perry Turning Point "Don't Bring Me Down" Writer
Damien Leith Roy: A Tribute to Roy Orbison Producer
2012 Chimène Badi Laisse les Dire "Laisse les Dire" Writer
2013 Tina Arena Reset "Love You Less" Writer
Selena Gomez Stars Dance "Lover in Me" Writer
2015 Gin Wigmore Blood to Bone "Black Parade" Writer, producer
"Written in the Water" Writer, producer
"DFU" Writer, producer
Jamie McDell Ask Me Anything "Falling" Writer, producer
"This Time" Writer, producer
"Back of My Mind" Writer, producer
"Moon Shines Red" Writer, producer
"Crash" Writer, producer
"Six Miles" Writer, producer
"My Old Hands" Writer, producer
2016 Ferras "Closer" Writer, producer
"Medicine" Writer, producer
Havana Brown "Like Lightning" Writer, producer
tyDi & Olivia Somerlyn "Only" Writer, producer
Guy Sebastian Part 1 (EP) "Set in Stone" Writer, producer
Sweet California 3 "Hum" Writer, producer
Cole Plante feat. Bobi Andonov "Teardrops" Co-producer
2017 Kesha Rainbow "Learn to Let Go" Writer, producer
"Let 'em Talk" (feat. Eagles of Death Metal) Writer, producer
Kygo ft. Justin Jesso Stargazing "Stargazing" Writer, producer
Kesha The Greatest Showman: Reimagined "This Is Me" Vocal production
2018 Toni Braxton Sex & Cigarettes "Coping" Writer, producer
Sigrid Raw "I Don't Want to Know" Producer
Backstreet Boys DNA "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" Writer, producer
"Chateau" Writer, producer
"The Way It Was" Writer, producer
"OK" Writer, producer
"Is It Just Me" Vocal producer
"Best Days" Writer, producer
Conrad Sewell Ghosts & Heartaches "Healing Hands" Writer, producer
DNCE People To People "Still Good" Writer, producer


  1. ^ a b Stuart Crichton, Native Tongue Music Publishing. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Top Dance Producer Stuart Crichton and sE in Dance Floor Heaven!" Music Tools, 12 August 2008.
  3. ^ a b Narcotic Thrust Chart History, Billboard. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b Elias Leight, "See Kesha Exorcise Her Demons in 'Learn to Let Go' Video," Rolling Stone, 27 July 2017.
  5. ^ Gabriel Wilder, "Inside the tropical hideway where hits are made," The Sydney Morning Herald, 25 June 2016.
  6. ^ Peter Vincent, "What will Jessica Mauboy sing at Eurovision?" The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 May 2014.
  7. ^ Mike Wass, "Ferras, Tarot Cards & A Metaphysician: A Different Kind Of Q&A," Idolator, 4 October 2016.
  8. ^ Cameron Adams, "Stan Walker's first original offering," The Daily Telegraph, 18 August 2010.
  9. ^ Kesha, "Learn To Let Go," HuffPost, 27 July 2017.
  10. ^ Marissa Lorusso, "Kesha Walks Us Through Her 'Rainbow', Track By Track", All Songs Considered, NPR, 11 August 2017.
  11. ^ Keith Caulfield, "Kesha's Rainbow Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart," Billboard, 20 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Best Pop Vocal Album". Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  13. ^ "Artist: Backstreet Boys". Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  14. ^ Bein, Kat. "Zedd, Porter Robinson & More DJs React to 2019 Grammy Nominations". Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Best R&B Album". Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  16. ^ a b c Leight, Elias. "The Backstreet Boys Were Hitless for Years. Then They Met Stuart Crichton". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  17. ^ Caulfield, Keith. "Backstreet Boys Score First No. 1 Album in Nearly 20 Years on Billboard 200 Chart With 'DNA'". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  18. ^ Kirkland, Justin. "I Had to Convince The Backstreet Boys They Were Cool". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  19. ^ Dolan, Jon. "Review: Backstreet's Back With Contemporary-Pop Magic on 'DNA'". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  20. ^ Jenkins, Craig. "The Rise and Fall and Rise of the Backstreet Boys". Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Screen Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 30 July 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  22. ^ "Narcotic Thrust – I Like It,", 28 May 2016.
  23. ^ 2015 APRA Music Awards, 2015.

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