Ty­ne­side singer crit­ics’ num­ber one at Brits

TOP PRIZE FOR NORTH SHIELDS BOY AHEAD OF AWARDS

The Chronicle - - News - By AGENCY STAFF [email protected]­plc.com Sam Fender

SINGER-SONG­WRITER Sam Fender has been named the Crit­ics’ Choice prize win­ner ahead of next year’s Brit Awards.

Ty­ne­side-based Fender, 22, was on a short­list along­side Scot­tish star Lewis Ca­paldi and R&B singer Ma­halia.

Fender, who writes about sub­jects of so­cial and gen­er­a­tional sig­nif­i­cance, has been on the road tour­ing and re­cently re­leased his de­but EP, Dead Boys.

The North Shields star said: “I am truly hum­bled to win the Brits Crit­ics’ Choice award. Be­ing nom­i­nated was crazy enough, never mind win­ning it. I’m so grate­ful to ev­ery­one back home for be­liev­ing and to my band and team for all their hard work.

“We’ve played lit­er­ally hun­dreds of shows this year, and we’re go­ing to go even harder in 2019.

“Most im­por­tantly, a big shout to my fans. I’ve met a lot of you over the last few years and it’s truly an hon­our to get up and play night af­ter night to such a won­der­ful bunch of peo­ple.

“To ev­ery­one who’s taken a punt on me so far, thank you. “Here’s to next year!”

Fender is the first win­ner of a 2019 Brit Award. Pre­vi­ous win­ners of the Crit­ics Choice prize, which was first handed out in 2008, in­clude Adele, Florence + The Ma­chine, Emeli Sande, Sam Smith, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, and last year’s win­ner Jorja Smith. Ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers, Crit­ics’ Choice award win­ners have sold more than 90 mil­lion al­bums world­wide. Ja­son Iley, Brits chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sony Mu­sic UK & Ire­land, said Fender is an “ex­cep­tional young artist”. Vot­ing for the Brit Awards 2019 is open and nom­i­na­tions will be re­vealed in Jan­uary 2019.

The Brits, to be broad­cast live on ITV, will take place on Fe­bru­ary 20.

I’m so grate­ful to ev­ery­one back home for be­liev­ing and to my band and team for all their hard work

North Shields singer Sam Fender

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