The acclaimed British artist, whose vocals you may recognize on Disclosure’s “Latch” and Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” is now forging his own path, led by the emotional single “Stay With Me.”
We knew as soon as we heard this track that it was a hit. The popularity of Sam Smith is growing rapidly, with two sold-out shows right here in LA this week. We wanted to get to know more about the singer, so fresh off his cameo performance at Coachella, the 21-year-old artist stopped by AMP Radio for a formal introduction with one of his newest fans, Carson Daly.
Here’s what he had to share about his upcoming album, In The Lonely Hour, which is available in the United States beginning June 17:
“As a lover of soul music, I wanted to sing love songs. But when I was writing this album, I found it difficult because I’ve never been in a relationship before. So I started writing music that was about unrequited love. This whole album kind of deals with my battle with loneliness, but it’s not a sad album, it’s an empowering album. I’m saying the things which I think some people can’t say, and finding strength with that.”
He goes into more detail about love, life, and everything you want to know about him. Listen to the audio below.
On performing at Coachella with Disclosure…
Oh my gosh. Unbelievable. I had to sing after Mary J. Blige! That wasn’t fun. But it went well, it went very well.
On his “Saturday Night Live” performance…
SNL was the scariest experience of my life. It’s just so scary. I hate doing television. It’s not natural for me, if you know what I mean.
On his musical influences…
I started singing when I was eight years old and I’ve trained religiously, basically since then. But, you know, my main teacher has been Whitney Houston, probably, just soul music. I’m the biggest soul fan.
Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, all those people…I actually didn’t listen to guy singers, really, up until two years ago. All my mom would play was Whitney [Houston] and Chaka!
On falling in love…
My main aim right now, other than the music, is to just fall in love because I can’t have an In The Lonely Hour, Part Two for my second album!
I’m too busy, but it’s fine…I’m good. Honestly, I’m not panicking.
On why he’s waiting to release his album in June…
I love that we’re doing this at our own pace. We’re trying not to ride a wave, if you know what I mean, of hype because I think there’s been many opportunities in the past year where I could’ve just dropped the album, but I love taking this at my own speed and building my fan base and my career slow. You know, slow and steady wins the race.
For me, longevity is what I aim for and I think doing things quickly and in the moment sometimes doesn’t help that.
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles