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RISING STAR: Chorleywood singer’s debut EP offers ‘honest account’ of teenage years

 Published on: 20th April 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

An up-and-coming young singer from Chorleywood has been described as “an adored new star” after releasing his debut EP.

Fred Roberts, 21, released his new record, Sound of my Youth, on Thursday, April 11, after spending the last two years building a name for himself as a rising star in the world of UK pop.

Inspired by the music of Troye Sivan and The Killers, the EP captures Fred’s coming-of-age story.

Speaking about the EP release, Fred told Chorleywood News: “It feel amazing. It’s been a long process to write; I started about two-and-a-half years ago. When I first started writing music, I didn’t know what the purpose of it was, or why I was really writing it. Now, discovering the fans that have connected with it, my main purpose is to be as honest and open as possible.

“It’s the most honest account of my teenage years and I just hope that people can relate to it.”

Having grown up in Chorleywood, Fred says that his experiences of living in the village have definitely influenced his songs.

He explained: “Living on the outskirts of London, that halfway point, it adds to that theme of being in between, like being in between adolescence and adulthood.”

Having played piano from a young age, Fred first discovered his love of singing when he joined the choir at his secondary school.

He began posting covers on social media and later appeared on The X Factor: The Band in 2019.

He is now getting rave reviews for his music, with NME calling him “a leading name among the current crop” of the UK’s queer music artists.

When asked how it feels being described in this way, Fred said: “NME saying anything about me is crazy. For anyone to give me that title is really cool. It feels nice to be representing that community.”

Fred now has several festival appearances lined up this summer, including at Boardmasters in Cornwall and Latitude in Suffolk.

He added: “I’ve been so lucky already, with all of the opportunities I’ve had so far.”

To listen to Sound of My Youth and Fred’s other music, visit his Spotify.

Photo Credit: Jono White

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