Sam Smith

Sam Smith
Sam Smith

Artist description

Singer Sam Smith has made a huge name for himself in a very short time, winning four Grammy Awards with his 2014 debut album, ‘In the Lonely Hour.’

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Sam Smith was born in London in May 1992 and began singing at a young age. He first hit the charts as the featured singer on the 2012 Disclosure song "Latch," and he released his first single, "Lay Me Down," soon after. In 2014, Smith released In the Lonely Hour, his heartfelt debut full-length album. It contained the smash hit "Stay With Me," a radio staple over the course of the entire year. For his work on In the Lonely Hour, Smith was awarded four Grammys, among them Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

Early Years

Sam Smith was born on May 19, 1992, in London. A natural singer, Smith began performing as a child, but the first real press he got came in 2009, when his mother, a successful banker, was fired after allegedly promoting her 15-year-old son’s singing career while on company time. Smith had only recorded two songs at that point and it would be a few years before he left his mark on the musical world.

Throughout his teenage years, Smith studied music while hitting the books at St. Mary's Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire. He looked for inspiration in such soulful artists as Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder while keeping a close eye on his future in the music business.

First Hits

Smith’s first moment in the spotlight would come when the dance/electronica duo Disclosure released its 2012 song “Latch,” to which Smith lent his vocals. The track featured the singer’s melodic falsetto over Disclosure’s electronic beat, and it immediately turned people on to the power of Smith’s voice. "Latch" reached the top of the UK singles chart when Smith was just 21, and he soon released his own single, “Lay Me Down.” "Latch," featuring a stripped-down sound that made the listener take notice of Smith’s vocal work, resonated in a big way with music fans and critics alike and laid the groundwork for his future success in the UK and beyond.

Smith’s next hit was again via a featured role on another artist’s song: Naughty Boy’s Bollywood-inspired "La La La." With Smith's lead vocal, the song became an instant No. 1 single in the UK in the spring of 2013. In the fall, Smith released his first EP, Nirvana, on which listeners were treated to an acoustic version of "Latch." A few months later, in February 2014, Smith was again at the top of the UK singles chart with "Money on My Mind," and in May 2014, his full-length debut, In the Lonely Hour, was released in the UK.