Artist of the Week
Sam Smith

Week 39 of 2017

Sam Smith

Sam Smith is a living proof that heartbreak is a blessing in disguise. He successfully took an inspiration from his failed romance on his music, turning it into stirring, emotional songs that touch many hearts. He's one of the very few artists to gain recognition with only one album. His debut effort, "In the Lonely Hour", was named the Best Vocal Album at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

He continued his success with "Writing's on the Wall", an anthemic song which served as the soundtrack of "Spectre". It was named Best Original Song at 73rd Golden Globe Awards, Brit Awards and Academy Awards back in 2015.

On the peak of his career, oddly, he decided to go on hiatus. He took his sweet time to cook up a proper sophomore album for nearly two years. After so much anticipation, the British singer released his comeback single in September 2017. Titled "Too Good at Goodbyes", the song is another heartfelt tune from Sam, inspired by his recent failed romance. The track is a massive success, topping several music charts in the U.K.

He recently shared that the heartbreak almost forced him to stop making music. "There was a period, when making the record, that I was in a really bad place," he said. "I got dumped, which wasn't very nice. Writing music about that kind of thing is normally like therapy for me, but when I got dumped this time 'round I just couldn't write for about two months."

"My team had to force me to get into the studio, because I almost felt as if I didn't want to do it anymore," he added. "So, there were moments on there where it got a bit intense an I started to lose myself." However, for Sam, making music is a part of the healing process. "It was so important when I was writing this record for me to just challenge myself and be scared again," he explained.

The follow-up to "In the Lonely Hour" is expected to arrive later this year. The upcoming album is said to feature collaborations with some biggest stars, including Timbaland, Clean Bandit and Adam Lambert.


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Sam Smith was born Samuel Frederick Smith in the rural country of Cambridgeshire, England on May 19, 1992. He is the third cousin of singer cLily and actor Alfie Allen. Smith was placed in formal vocal training with a local jazz singer at the age of 8 after his parents heard him sing along to Whitney Houston's "My Love Is Your love" one morning on the drive to his Catholic primary school. He spent his childhood and teenage life in theater rehearsals. His mother, then a prominent banker in London, often asked him to perform for friends and associates at dinner parties. At the age of 12, Smith's career was handled by six different managers, with guarantees of fame that never came to pass. When he was 16, his mother was fired from her job for "gross misconduct" after supposedly spending too much company time on his budding pop career. » more


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