Introducing pop’s brand new creator Fred Roberts and his debut single Runaway, out today. Both anthemic and introspective, this is the work of a young gay artist thinking hard about his past, and making music that, in the future, will help others make sense of the tumult of modern-day growing up and reckoning with your identity.
The 20 yo British songwriter arrives as part of a generation facing unprecedented modern-day pressures; Fred wants to ignite a youthful freedom into the state of play and hopes that through his exposing lyricism and energetic musicianship, he might be able empower those coming-of-age who are struggling to find their feet under the weight of the world.

This first offering from Fred is his bombastic run out of the gate debut single Runaway, written between LA and the UK with Andrew Wells (Phoebe Bridgers, Halsey) and Anthony Rossomando (Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding). The rousing guitar-rock track, which feels antithetical to the sound of most queer loves songs, chronicles Fred’s encounter with a boy he once knew.

“Runaway is a song about overcoming resentment towards someone that used to be a big part of my life. It’s a celebration of the freedom that arrives after you overcome a difficult time and a person who probably wasn’t the best for you. Someone who held the power to ruin your happiness with a few words or actions. The song details the last time I saw him – in a pub with friends, unexpectedly and the fear that comes along with that. But ultimately the realisation that I am no longer filled with upset and anger but with forgiveness.”

says Fred.

Watch the official video for Runaway here.