Cambridgeshire born Sam Smith has become a staple in the British music scene over the past decade. With an upcoming album 'Gloria' due for release in January 2023, and a 2023 headline UK tour on the horizon, we're naming Sam our Artist of the Month for November.
Finding fame with their vocal feature on Disclosure's 2012 song 'Latch', we first got a taste of Smith's incredible vocal range. After emerging into the spotlight, they quickly released their debut single 'Lay Me Down'. Also produced by Disclosure, this song is a change in pace from 'Latch', where Sam's vocals are at the forefront, rooted in a more soulful, gospel sound.
'In The Lonely Hour'
When their Grammy winning debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' was released later that year in 2014, their musical style became clear. It is a soul album about love, loss and breakups, centred around unrequited love to a man who doesn't love them back. Aside from the lyrics alone, the album showed how Sam's voice is able to go through so many vocal ranges within such a short space of time. Off the back of the album Sam saw a huge amount of success including four Grammys in the 2015 ceremony for Best New Artist, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album and Record Of The Year, for the hit song 'Stay With Me'.
'The Thrill Of It All'
Their follow up album 'The Thrill Of It All' (2017) seems to be a perfect breakup album, born into fruition by a collapsed relationship. The Guardian called it 'genuinely moving lyrical misery, occasionally spiked with mordant wit'. Though, the album doesn't just deal with heartbreak; in 'Him', they take on the subject of their homosexuality and religious faith, a refreshing topic within the mainstream pop space.
Then in 2020 Sam released 'Love Goes', which seems to break them out of the mould they had been carved into. Having come out as non binary in 2019, Smith seemed to flourish and experiment sonically, with a variation in genres, moods and themes. In an interview with Zane Lowe they talk about how Sam is 'reclaiming your youth'. Smith says that while the first couple of albums brought them fame, success and a fanbase, they felt as though they were creating what people wanted to hear, rather than taking a creative leap. So, 'Love Goes' is that creative leap that experiments across all different sounds and genres.
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