Sam Smith



Shooting from obscurity to fame as the featured artist on Disclosure’s “Latch” in 2012, a global smash hit that showcased their distinctively stirring high tenor, Sam Smith has since become one of pop’s most prominent balladeers. Taking cues from soul belters like Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan, followers such as Amy Winehouse and Adele, and their own church upbringing, Smith effectively arrived as a headliner with 2014’s In the Lonely Hour. Multi-platinum in the singer’s native U.K. and the U.S., the album also garnered Best New Artist and three additional Grammys among a slew of accolades. Smith followed up with 2017’s The Thrill of It All, a heartsick album favoring Southern soul and gospel, and by the end of the 2010s had accumulated six number one U.K. singles as a headliner: “Money on My Mind,” “Stay with Me,” and “Lay Me Down,” followed by the Academy Award-winning James Bond theme “Writing’s on the Wall,” “Too Good at Goodbyes,” and the Calvin Harris collaboration “Promises.” The singer entered the next decade with a handful of additional Top 20 U.K. singles that led to 2020’s Love Goes, followed by the chart-topping “Unholy” and its parent album, 2023’s Gloria. (Andy Kellman)

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