With his angel face, you could imagine Sam Fender gracing the pages of fashion magazines.
But when you really know him, you realise that this 23-year-old really knows how to write amazing songs, in addition to his wonderful singing and guitar playing. For proof you just have to listen to his Dead Boys EP, released last winter. The intense That Sound single, with its timeless pop-rock tinge, perfectly showcases his multiple talents. He grew up in the north east of England, part of a musical family, and this promising singer-songwriter is already a firm favourite with the critics on the other side of the Channel. Winner of the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice Award 2019 (previous winners include Adele, Jorja Smith and Sam Smith), he’s set to conquer the rest of the world when his debut album, Hypersonic Missiles, is released 9 August.