Sam Smith is an English singer, born in London on May 19 1992. He began singing at an early age and was a member of the Bishop’s Stortford Junior Operatics, Canate Youth Choir and Youth Music Theatre UK. He also studied singing and songwriting with jazz musician Joanna Eden in Saffron Walden, Essex.
Smith made his breakthrough in 2012, after he appeared on Disclosure’s single ‘Latch’. A stripped back version of the song appeared on a deluxe edition of his debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ and his debut EP ‘Nirvana’. He also guested on Naughty Boy’s Number One single ‘La La La’.
‘In The Lonely Hour’ was released on February 16 2014 via Capitol Records. Smith has said the album is about unrequited love and features singles like ‘Money On My Mind’ and ‘Stay With Me’. It went to Number One in the Official Albums Chart in the UK and Number 2 in the US Billboard 200. In the UK, it has sold over 300,000 copies. Upon its release, it was the fastest-selling debut album of 2014.
Rumours circulated in mid 2014 that Smith was in talks to record the theme for the next James Bond movie. He later told NME: “I have no idea what that was about and I know as much as you do.”
In October 2014, Smith won four trophies at the MOBO Awards. He picked up Best R&B/Soul, Best Male, Best Song and Best Album at the ceremony. He was also awarded Best New Act at the Q Awards in the same month.
Smith has already begun working on the follow-up to ‘In The Lonely Hour’, telling Digital Spy: “I think I will always be so scared on not doing this as a career, so the thought of just sitting back and enjoying the ride […] I couldn’t do that.”
2015 will see Smith play his biggest headline shows to date, including two gigs at London’s Brixton Academy and one at New York’s Madison Square Garden.