Born in 1992 in the small British town of Linton, Sam Smith early on developed a love for divas like Whitney Houston, and was mentored by a local jazz singer. More recently he’s been taken under the wing of R&B singer Maxwell. So it’s no wonder his spin on pop music is inflected by soul and R&B. ‘It’s a huge compliment to me when people call me a soul singer,’ he says. ‘Soul singers are people who project their soul through their voice. That’s what I’m trying to do.’<br /><br />Smith has delved into other genres as well—he teamed up with deep house duo Disclosure for the 2012 smash single ‘Latch’. Soon after, he lent his vocals to producer Naughty Boy on the U.K. No. 1 single ‘La La La’. His 2013 EP <i>Nirvana</i> showed off his range as a singer and songwriter, and helped earn him the BRIT’s Critic Choice Award and a win in BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll—he’s the first male artist ever to do so!<br /><br />Now having completed his debut full-length studio album, <i>In the Lonely Hour</i>, Smith is poised to break even more new ground!