If you have not heard of him already, you will soon be very familiar with the voice of Sam Smith. Smith, 21, is a British singer-songwriter who rose to notoriety in 2012 with his feature on the electronic music-duo Disclosure’s U.K. hit-song “Latch.”
The song was included on Disclosure’s debut album Settle, which become nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Smith even garnered the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2014 Brit Awards, an award previously held by Adele and Florence + the Machine.
“I’m such a massive fan of female singers and some of the females who have won this award have been my biggest inspirations, so to even be nominated means a lot to me, a lot,” said Smith on winning the award.
*Watch the video below for a more in-depth interview with Sam Smith and The Brit Awards.
Sam Smith looks and sounds like the next big artist to come across the pond, and he is already making a splash on American, network television. Watch the video for his live performance of “Disclosure – Latch” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (HERE).
Even Taylor Swift has recently tapped the smooth, vocal stylings of Smith during her London concert at the O2 Arena Feb. 4. The two performed a duet of Smith’s first single, “Money On My Mind,” due out Feb. 16. Swift even goes as far to announce, “This song and this artist, is my absolute new favorite.”
Not that Swift is the voice I listen to for hot new music, but she happens to hit the nail right on the head, in this case. And for Smith, Swift’s endorsement can only help further his career.
At a time when EDM and music fans alike have desired something outside of a face-melting drop and gargantuan kick, artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith bring some much needed soul and classic House instrumentation to the forefront. I, for one, cannot wait for Smith’s debut album, In the Lonely Hour, which releases May 26 courtesy of Capital Records.
Until then, “Money On My Mind” will be on replay upon its release, Feb. 16 on iTunes.