Facts about Sam Smith
Sam Smith Biography
British pop singer Sam Smith won four Grammy Awards in 2015 for his solo debut album, including an award for the song of the year, 2014’s summertime hit “Stay With Me.”
Smith set out to be a pop star from an early age. He trained in jazz singing and songwriting, and got his first manager when he was 13 years old. He moved to London when he was 18 to make it big, but it took a few years to get some traction. Then it all happened fast. He was a featured singer on the 2012 song “Latch” by Disclosure, and a featured singer on the 2013 song “La La La” by Naughty Boy. Both songs became dance hits in the U.K., partly on the strength of Smith’s emotional falsetto. He released his first single in 2013, followed by his debut album in 2014, In the Lonely Hour, written with songwriter Jimmy Napes. The album’s theme of unrequited love (Smith has said it was inspired by his boyfriend leaving him) and Smith’s soulful warbling made for the hit songs “Stay With Me,” “I’m Not the Only One” and “Like I Can.” In the Lonely Hour brought Smith Grammys for best new artist, record of the year, song of the year and best pop vocal album.
His 2015 song “Writing’s on the Wall,” for the James Bond movie Spectre, won an Oscar for best original song.