Stephen Smith – Part 1 – Godstar and Glass Child – 1993 to 2004

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Glass Child


Stephen Smith is a singer/songwriter from St Helens, Merseyside. He is best known for his protest songs and in particular “Liar Liar”. Stephen is a very prolific songwriter and almost 40 of his songs are on this page.

Stephen quotes his influences as Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg, Levellers, Beatles, Jeff Buckley, Damien Dempsey and Elvis Costello.

Stephen began his musical career at the tender age of 18, whence his ma bought him one of those cheap guitars from Argos that aren’t worth a w*nk. By the age of 21 the boy could play 3 chords. At 23 he joined his 1st band, getting the lead guitarist role in an indie outfit called ‘Godstar’, where he began plying his trade as a songwriter. Aged 26 he then formed a female fronted pop/rock kind of thing under the name of ‘Glass Child’, where his songs enjoyed some small success in England and Spain. Today, a few years on, Stephen is struggling to forage a solo career. He is not the best singer in the world and his guitar playing often leaves a lot to be desired. His debut EP “Songs Only I Will Listen To”, went cardboard in Clock Face. (Quote from CDBaby)


Stephen’s first band were Godstar, an indie band formed in 1993. The other 3 members were Warrington lads who had previously been in a band called ‘Mother’.

Godstar decided to take a change of direction in 1996 and began auditioning singers, this is how Stephen met Laura Follin. The other members of the band weren’t over keen on having a female singer, but Stephen felt that she would be really suited to the material he was writing at that time and so they formed ‘Slide’, which later changed to ‘Glass Child’.

Glass Child

Stephen’s second band was Glass Child, a female fronted indie/rock band from St.Helens/Widnes/Warrington. The band were formed in 1996 and split in 2004 with two different line-ups.

The original line-up between 1996-1999 was:
Laura Follin – Vocals
Steve Smith – Guitar and vocals
Neil Allerton – Drums and vocals
Lee Hankinson – Bass

Glass Child was Laura Follin’s first band and she sang on the bands first recordings. Laura left the band and got married and later became the lead vocalist in Laura James and the Kadavors

Between 1999 and 2004 the line-up became:
Cathy Cunninghham – Vocals and guitar
Steve Smith – Guitar and vocals
Neil Allerton – Drums and vocals
Steve Millington – Guitar
Mark Birmingham – Bass

“Face the Music” – Glass Child published on 19 Dec 2013.

Recorded by the 1999-2004 line-up with Cathy Cunningham on lead vocals.

Stephen Smith recorded “This Life”, a track with Glass Child for the St Helens Musicians Collective album released in 1998 entitled Embryonic One (SHMC/CD001) featuring Laura Follin on lead vocals.

Following this the band recorded “Wake Up” for the second St Helens Musicians Collective album, “Embryonic V2” (SHMC/CD002) released on 20 December 1999 with the same line-up.

Wake Up by Glass Child

From ‘Embryonic V2’ released 20 December 1999. SHMC (St.Helens Musicians Collective) – SHMC/CD002

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All links accessed and working on 1 March 2018.

Stephen Smith Official website
CD Baby
Stephen Smith Facebook page

Related: Laura James and the Kadavors

This article was created, compiled and produced by Barry Grady 24 October 2017 with major contributions by Stephen Smith. Last updated 1 March 2018.

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