Sam Fender is a proud Geordie, born and bred in the North East coastal town of North Shields. However, there was a time when he felt scared that he would never get away from his hometown.
Leave fast or stay forever
An old man told me to leave fast or stay forever
Fender explained to the BBC: "I love my hometown but 'Leave Fast' is the way I felt when I was 17, 18 - it's that fear that I'd never be able to do something else."
"Now that I am doing something else and my job is my music, I feel differently," Fender added. "I just knew that, for what I wanted to do, the industry isn't here, so I had to go."