Back in March, I first talked about the twenty-two year old British singer Sam Smith as one of my Band Discoveries. Back then, Smith had just started to gain notice following his lead turn in singing the vocals for Latch, a track off the DJ brother duo Disclosure‘s breakthrough record Settle. Smith’s soulful voice immediately jumped out on the track and his vocal gymnastics leapt all over Disclosure‘s pop beats. Right then, you knew that Sam Smith is a star.
The critics seems to notice. After releasing his EP Nirvana and doing several more collaborations, Smith won the prestigious BBC Sound of 2014, which looks for the most promising act for the award year (past winners include Adele and Ellie Goulding). Smith also won the BRIT’s Critics’ Choice Award for 2014. The greater public seem to notice as well. Latch is a certified chart hit, and singles that were released for Smith upcoming full-length were received really favorably as well.
And speaking of Sam Smith‘s debut full length, In The Lonely Hour is truly a showcase for Smith’s rich voice and old-soul sensibilities. Very similar to Amy Winehouse‘s records (whom Smith cites as an influence), the songs off the albums, whether they be more rhythmic or slower RnB ballads, they all highlight the beauty and strength of Smith’s vocals. How so much soul and maturity could be contained within the voice of someone so young is frankly just pure amazing. This is a great great record and I’m very happy for its popularity and success.
Watch the video for the great single In The Lonely Hour embedded below.
Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour comes out 6/17 via Capitol (order here)