Sam Smith

When you listen to the song “Stay With Me” it is very possible that you have images of a church filled with people singing in robes. The gospel influence in this song gives it a special emotional appeal, perhaps the special effect that won the hit a Grammy in 2015.

Sam Smith was born in London England in 1992 and, at the age of 22, he has had a fast rise to fame. Sam participated in theatre at a young age and studied singing, song writing, and jazz-style piano. He even was a member of an amateur operatic group at Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company.   All of these influences helped prepare Smith with a unique voice.

His breakthrough came when people were able to hear his voice in 2013 when he was featured in the song “Latch” by Disclosure, as well as Naughty Boy’s single “La La La”. This gave him an audience to receive his first and only album to date, In the Lonely Hour, released in 2014.

Smith gives credit to Adele and Amy Winehouse for being his main influences. Smith says that he primarily listened to female artists growing up, including Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga. Smith puts a lot of his own emotion in his music, giving it a melodic, R&B-type style.

In May of 2014, Smith publically announced that he is gay. His album, In the Lonely Hour, was written about the theme of love when it is not reciprocated, as a result of all of his previous failed relationships.

With only one album, Sam Smith has had a big impact in the music industry. In the 2015 BRIT awards he received British Breakthrough Act and the Global Success Award. Additionally, in the 57th Annual Grammy Awards Sam Smith was given four Grammys, including Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist.

After a recently ended relationship, at the 2015 Grammys Smith said, “I would like to thank the man that this album is about. By breaking my heart, you won me four Grammys!”


i360-by-diverbo-useful-vocabulary VOCABULARY

filled with people = lleno de gente

robes = túnicas

appeal = atractivo

perhaps = quizás

hit (song) = éxito

fast rise to fame = rápido ascenso a la fama

song writing = escribir canciones/temas musicales

he was even a member = incluso fue miembro

unique = especial

breakthrough = oportunidad

people were able to hear = la gente pudó escuchar

he was featured = él caloboraba

to date = hasta ahora

lonely = solitario

he primarily listened to = él fundamentalmente escuchaba

growing up = cuando era pequeño

melodic = melódico

when it is not reciprocated = cuando no es correspondido

failed relationships = relaciones fallidas

was given = recibió

by breaking my heart = al romper mi corazón

you won me = me has hecho ganar

27/04/2015Level - difficulty 2United StatesAudioText3 min