Samuel Frederick "Sam" Smith (born 19 May 1992) is an English singer-songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which peaked at number eleven on the UK chart. His subsequent feature—on Naughty Boy's "La La La"—earned him his first number-one single in May 2013. In December 2013, Smith was nominated for the 2014 BRIT Critics' Choice Award and the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll; both of which he went on to win. He is scheduled to release his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour, on 26 May 2014 via Capitol Records. The lead single, "Lay Me Down", was released prior to "La La La". The second single, "Money on My Mind", was released on 16 February.
Sam grew up in Primrose Hill, London and worked at his local shop in St Johns Wood. He had music lessons at St. Thomas More Primary School, Saffron Walden and studied at St Mary's Catholic School, Bishops Stortford. Sam is an alumnus of Youth Music Theatre UK and starred in their 2007 production of "Oh! Carol". For a number of years he studied singing and songwriting under jazz vocalist/pianist Joanna Eden.
In 2009, his mother Kate Cassidy, a former City banker who earned more than £500,000 a year, launched a £1.5m High Court battle against her former employers Tullett Prebon. The company dismissed her amid accusations that she was spending too much time managing her son's music career.
He is the cousin of singer Lily Rose Cooper and actor Alfie Allen.
In October 2012 Sam Smith featured on Disclosure's single "Latch", the single was released on October 8, 2012 and peaked to number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. In February 2013 he released his debut single "Lay Me Down", which also serves as the lead single from his debut album. In May 2013 he featured on Naughty Boy's single "La La La". The single was released on 19 May 2013 and entered at number one on the UK Singles Chart. He released an EP this summer consisting of four tracks. The first, titled "Safe With Me", is produced by Two Inch Punch and premiered on MistaJam's BBC Radio 1Xtra show on 24 July 2013. The second song on the EP is titled "Nirvana" and is produced by Craze & Hoax and Jonathan Creek. The EP also includes Smith's acoustic solo version of "Latch" and a live version of "I've Told You Now". Smith released the Disclosure, Nile Rodgers and Jimmy Napes collaboration "Together" on 25 November 2013, as the only single from Settle: The Remixes. Smith won the BRIT Critics' Choice Award 2014.
2013–present: In the Lonely Hour
The second single from his debut album, titled "Money on My Mind", was released on 16 February 2014. It was announced on 16 December that Smith's debut studio album titled In the Lonely Hour would be released on 26 May 2014 through Capitol Records. A live version of album track "I've Told You Now", performed at St Pancras Old Church, was made available for free download as part of an Amazon.com promotion on 27 December 2013. The album track "Make It To Me", co-written by Howard of Disclosure and Jimmy Napes, was made available for free download as part of an iTunes Store promotion on 13 January 2014.