Artist of the Month
Sam Smith is August's Artist Of The Month
Sam Smith was born in London, England. He 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. He attended St Mary's Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford. He was a member of the Bishop's Stortford Junior Operatics (now Bishops Stortford Musical Theatre Society) and the successful Cantate Youth Choir.
On January 20, 2014, Smith made his American television debut performing "Latch" with Disclosure on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon". He also performed on Saturday Night Live on 29 March 2014, performing "Stay with Me" and "Lay Me Down".
Smith cites Amy Winehouse as an influence, so much so that in May 2014, he tweeted that he still missed her. He further lists Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey as influences. In May 2014, Smith declared himself as gay. Smith also explained that many of the songs on his debut album were inspired by unrequited love, stating "In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love me back. I think I'm over it now, but I was in a very dark place. I kept feeling lonely in the fact that I hadn't felt love before."