Stephen Fretwell was born in 1982. He grew up in Scunthorpe, a town he once described as having 'no soul'. He went to school there, finding time to hold down a succession of teenage jobs (including working in an abattoir - he didn't last long). As a teenager he persuaded his grandparents, after two years of pestering, to lend him the old guitar they kept hanging around their house (his Grandma made him swear to bring it back every weekend so she could check he was looking after it). Stephen's dad asked a friend of his to teach his son to play. The friend introduced Stephen to Dylan's music, and soon after, he started writing songs for himself, making tapes for friends, and imagining the albums he was going to make some day soon.
Amy Winehouse, KATE NASH and Radiohead are all nominated for Ivor Novello songwriting awards.
Brit School graduate KATE NASH will be hoping to take home the 'best song' gong for her debut single FOUNDATIONS, while AMY has two chance of scooping the prize as her hits YOU KNOW I'M NO GOOD and LOVE IS A LOSING GAME are both nominated in the category.
Winner of the 'best contemporary song' prize in 2007, REHAB is also up for the 'best-selling British song' accolade.
RADIOHEAD's IN RAINBOWS will be battling it out against offerings from Stephen Fretwell and CHERRY GHOST in the 'best album' category.
Last year the award went to Arctic Monkeys for WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT.
This year's winners will be revealed during a ceremony held in London on May 22nd.
Meanwhile, nominee AMY WINEHOUSE has stated that she wants her song for the upcoming Bond movie QUANTAM OF SOLACE to be as timeless as Shirley Bassey's GOLDFINGER.
The Daily Mirror quotes a friend of the songstress as saying: "All she kept saying was how she is desperate to nail this track so it will be a classic."
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Stephen Fretwell & Liam Fray
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Guitarist Marr and bassist Rourke will star together at the 28 January charity fundraiser for the Christie Hospital in Manchester, England. They last performed together as part of The Smiths in 1987.
The pair will appear at the Manchester Vs Cancer event with a host of local stars including New Order, Doves, Badly Drawn Boy, Primal Scream rocker and former Stone Roses bassist GARY 'MANI' MOUNFIELD, and Stephen Fretwell.
Continue reading: Smiths Stars Marr And Rourke To Reunite
Late British DJ John Peel will be honoured by a host of music stars at a charity Christmas concert in Manchester, England, later this month (19DEC04).
The gig will feature songs from the radio star's 'Festive 50' - a list of the year's greatest songs - performed by artists including Badly Drawn Boy, Stephen Fretwell, HAVEN and TRACTOR, one of Peel's first signings to his 1970s label Dandelion RECORDS.
All proceeds will be donated to charity AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, a cause which was supported by Peel, who died from a heart attack in October (04) while holidaying in Cuzco, Peru.08/12/2004 21:21