Sam Smith has an indelible singing voice.
It’s soulful, complex, and expressive. While he can belt with the best of them he can also sing softly and with control.
His music is an accessible, but thoughtful amalgam of pop, soul, and R&B. His sound is reminiscent to that of Ed Sheeran, Ella Henderson, and James Bay.
Smith’s big break came in the fall of 2012 when he appeared on Disclosure’s “Latch.” The song was a worldwide hit breaking the top ten in the U.S. and the top 15 in the U.K.
His career was further enhanced by being the featured vocalist on Naughty Boy’s “La La La.”
Smith released his first single, “Lay Me Down,” in February of 2013. The song reached #8 in the U.S. and #15 in the United Kingdom.
His first EP, Nirvana, hit streets in October of 2013. The EP contains four tracks: ‘Safe with Me,” “Nirvana,” “I’ve Told You Now (Live),” and an acoustic version of “Latch.”
The crooner’s debut album, called In the Lonely Hour, dropped on June 17, 2014. The opus produced a number of hit singles including “Money on My Mind,” “Stay with Me,” and “I’m Not the Only One.”
“Money on My Mind” and “Stay with Me” went to the top of charts in the United Kingdom. In the U.S., “Stay with Me” peaked at number two while “I’m Not the Only One” stalled at number five.
Smith co-wrote all of the aforementioned songs as well as every track on his freshman offering.
Work on his debut album earned him four awards at the 57th Annual Grammys: Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of Year (both for “Stay with Me”), and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Early in 2015, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne were given co-writing credit on the song “Stay with Me.” Petty’s publisher said Smith’s tune sounded too much like “I Won’t Back Down.”
Smith agrees with the publisher but claims he had never heard “I Won’t Back Down” before writing “Stay with Me.” According to Smith, the songs’ similarities are coincidental.
Smith was born May 19, 1992 in London, England. He suffers from OCD and is the third cousin of singer Lilly Allen.