Born in Paisley, it was Nutini’s music-loving grandfather who encouraged him to sing, sparking an interest in the music industry. He left school to work as a roadie and was then employed as a studio hand at Glasgow’s Park Lane studios. His career was launched somewhat by chance at a concert in Paisley in 2003. With the main act delayed, Nutini was offered the chance to perform. The following year he moved to London and was soon signed to Atlantic Records. His first album was released in 2006 followed by his second, award-winning album, in 2009. This photograph is an unusual portrait of the star. Not only does the abstract and unidentifiable background dominate the composition but the singer looks out of the frame as if distracted by something else.