Sam Smith

Sam Smith seemed like an overnight success upon the release of his 2014 debut album In the Lonely Hour, but the London-born 22-year-old had actually been working toward his big break since he began singing at the ... Read more »
Born: 05/19/1992

Filmography

Actor (13)

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 88th Annual Academy Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Performer

A Very Grammy Christms 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 2014 American Music Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

2014 MTV Video Music Awards (TV Show)

Performer

2015 Billboard Music Awards (TV Show)

Performer

My Mother & Other Strangers (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Nose Day (TV Show)

Himself

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards (TV Show)

Performer

You Oughta Know Live In Concert (TV Show)

Performer
Music (5)

Pitch Perfect 2 2015 (Movie)

("Flashlight (Math Club Remix)") (Song)

Spectre 2015 (Movie)

("Writing's On The Wall") (Song)

Spectre 2015 (Movie)

("Writing's On The Wall") (Song Performer)

Saturday Night Live 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Biography

Sam Smith seemed like an overnight success upon the release of his 2014 debut album In the Lonely Hour, but the London-born 22-year-old had actually been working toward his big break since he began singing at the age of 12. Smith's professional career began in Youth Music Theatre UK, but along with show tunes, Smith also studied composition and singing with British jazz performer Joanna Eden. Smith's breakthrough came in 2012 when he sang lead vocals on the hit single "Latch" by electronic music duo Disclosure. The following year, he scored an even bigger hit, reaching number 1 on the UK pop chart as the vocalist on "La La La" by British DJ and producer "Naughty Boy." Smith released his debut EP Nirvana in October 2013, followed by his first full-length album, In the Lonely Hour, in May 2014. Due in large part to an impressive performance of the gospel-influenced ballad "Stay With Me" on Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975-), the album reached the number 2 position on the Billboard album charts, and spawned several further hit singles including "Money On My Mind," "Lay Me Down," and "I'm Not the Only One." The following year, "Stay With Me" won the coveted Record of the Year (for production) and Song of the Year (for songwriting) awards at the 2015 Grammy Awards. Smith also won Best New Artist and Pop Album of the Year. In May of that year, Smith underwent successful surgery on his vocal cords following a recurrent hemorrhage. His first release following the surgery was a reunion with Disclosure on their 2015 single "Omen." In September 2015, it was announced that Sam Smith had recorded "Writing's on the Wall," the theme for the James Bond thriller "SPECTRE" (2015); the song won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Relationships

Kate Cassidy

Mother

Frederick Smith

Father

Jonathan Zeizel

Companion
Began dating after meeting on the set of Smith's music video for "Like I Can" Smith referenced the couple's split during a concert in Toronto on January 21, 2015.

Milestones

2015

Released "Writing's On The Wall," the theme song for the James Bond film "Spectre"

2014

Released his debut album "In the Lonely Hour," featuring the international hit singles "Stay With Me," "Money On My Mind," "Like I Can" and "I'm Not the Only One"

2013

Sang lead vocals on "La La La" by Naughty Boy, which reached no. 1 on the British pop chart.

2012

Sang lead vocals on the hit single "Latch" by the British electronic duo Disclosure

Popular songs include "I'm Not The Only One" and "Stay With Me".

Known for such albums as "In The Lonely Hour"

Bonus Trivia

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In 2009, Smith's mother Kate Cassidy filed an unfair dismissal lawsuit against the London broker where she had worked as a trader. Her employer had claimed that she was managing 16-year-old Sam's burgeoning music career from her office during working hours.

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Prior to his solo success, Smith sang lead vocals on the hits "Latch" by Disclosure and "La La La" by Naughty Boy.

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Smith first publicly acknowledged being gay in an interview in the May 2014 issue of the music magazine The FADER, though he later told The Guardian that he had never hidden his sexuality and this was simply the first time the question had been asked.

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"People like real life. Why do people like all this crap television out there? Because you're looking at what you can relate to. And music should be speaking about things you can relate to. That's the key. I can't relate to skinny, perfectly sculptured, tanned men singing about gold chains and Ferraris because I'm not that way." -- The Guardian, August 16, 2014

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