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Distinctively emotive, soul-inspired vocalist Sam Smith was among the most commercially successful artists to arrive during the early 2010s. Prior to his breakthrough at the age of 21, the London, England-born singer and songwriter balanced study with music, sang in choirs and in bands, and performed in musical theater productions. He developed a passionate approach to singing exemplified by his favorite artists at that time: Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Chaka Khan. He was barely out of his teens when, in late 2012, he appeared as the featured vocalist on "Latch," the fourth single by production duo Disclosure. A loping mixture of U.K. garage and contemporary dance-pop, the song went to number 11 in the U.K. Over in the U.S., it took significantly longer to take hold but eventually hit number seven there and was certified platinum four times over. The singer's debut solo single, released in February 2013, took a more tempered path. Produced by the favor-returning Disclosure, "Lay Me Down" recalled the stripped-back material that had proved successful for Adele. Only three months later, producer/songwriter Shahid "Naughty Boy" Khan followed his Emeli Sandé-fronted U.K. Top Ten hit "Wonder" with "La La La," featuring a powerful lead vocal from Smith (who had just finished a series of dates in support of Sandé). It was an instant number one U.K. hit. In October 2013, Smith issued the Nirvana EP, which included an acoustic reading of "Latch," and by the end of February 2014 he was back at the top of the U.K. chart with "Money on My Mind," which inventively married his relaxed vocal with a frenetic beat. Smith's debut full-length, In the Lonely Hour, was released that May in the U.K., and topped the album chart. It arrived in the U.S. the following month and peaked at number two there. The singles "Stay with Me," "I'm Not the Only One," and "Lay Me Down" hit the Top Ten in both the U.K. and U.S. In the Lonely Hour led to awards from organizations as varied as the BRITs, the Grammys, Billboard, and BET. The album was the second best-selling album of 2014 in the U.K. and U.S., behind only titles by Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, respectively. In 2015, Smith recorded another Disclosure collaboration, "Omen," eventually placed on the duo's Caracal. Smith also earned the high honor of being chosen to record the theme for a James Bond film. "Writing's on the Wall," recorded for the Spectre soundtrack, was the first Bond theme to go to number one in the U.K. An expanded version of In the Lonely Hour, the "Drowning Shadows Edition," was released that November with new material and previously released stray tracks added to the original album content. ~ James Wilkinson & Andy Kellman
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Albums by
Sam Smith

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    8 songs

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    The Lost Tapes - Remixed

    6 songs

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    When It's Alright

    23 songs

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    In the Lonely Hour [Drowning Shadows Edition]

    10 songs

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    In the Lonely Hour

    7 songs

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    Nirvana

    1 song

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    Writing's on the Wall

    1 song

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    Lay Me Down

    1 song

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    Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

    1 song

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    Stay with Me

    2 songs

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    When It's Alright (Remix) (Remix)

    23 songs

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    In the Lonely Hour [Drowning Shadows Edition]

    10 songs

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    In the Lonely Hour [LP]

    1 song

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    Drowning Shadows

    1 song

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    Omen

    1 song

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    I'm Not the Only One

    2 songs

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    Lay Me Down


Top Songs by
Sam Smith

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Stay With Me
  3.   I'm Not the Only One
  4.   Lay Me Down
  5.   Like I Can
  6.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  7.   Latch
  8.   Writing's on the Wall
  9.   Safe with Me
  10.   Money On My Mind
  11.   Leave Your Lover
  12.   Nirvana
  13.   Make It to Me
  14.   Not in That Way
  15.   I've Told You Now
  16.   Life Support
  17.   Good Thing
  18.   Restart
  19.   Good Life
  20.   She's Every Woman
  21.   The Gift (Maria's Song)
  22.   Love Is a Losing Game
  23.   Omen
  24.   How Will I Know
  25.   Stay With Me by Mary J. Blige
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