Sam Smith is an English-born singer-songwriter. The talented musician shot to fame in the UK in October 2012 when he lent his amazing vocals to the single “Latch” by English duo Disclosure. His popularity continued to soar when he was featured on Naughty Boy’s chart-topping 2013 single “La La La”.
Having become a household name in the UK music scene, Sam Smith bolted to international stardom in May 2014 following the release of his debut studio album In the Lonely Hour which had hit singles “Money on My Mind”, “Stay with Me” among others. In February 2015, Smith clinched 4 Awards at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards out of a total 6 nominations. He also clinched 3 awards at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
In 2016, Sam Smith received a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for “Writing’s on the Wall”, the theme song of the James Bond film Spectre (2015). Smith’s second studio effort The Thrill of It All was released in November 2017 making its debut on number 1 of the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200.
Sam Smith Bio – Age
Samuel Frederick Smith was born on May 19, 1992, in London to Frederick Smith and Kate Cassidy. The young Smith schooled at St Mary’s Catholic School in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
He was a member of several choral groups including the Bishop’s Stortford Junior Operatics and the Cantate Youth Choir. Also, he sang in several jazz bands and later enrolled at the Youth Music Theatre UK. Sam Smith was also tutored by English jazz singer/pianist, Joanna Eden.
After several uneventful years on the UK music scene, Sam Smith eventually hit his breakthrough when he got featured on the 2012 single “Latch”. Following its release on October 8, 2012, the song debuted at No. 26 on the UK Singles Chart and it peaked at No. 11. In 2012, Smith was featured on the single “La La La” by Naughty Boy which made its way to the top of the UK Singles Chart. His debut EP Nirvana was released on May 19, 2013.
Sam Smith first studio album In the Lonely Hour was released on May 26, 2014, and the album made it to the top of the UK Albums Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The first three singles off the album made it to the top of the UK Singles Chart. Smith also performed the third single off the album “Stay With Me” live at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. In the Lonely Hour has since been named as the 2nd highest selling album of 2014 behind Ed Sheeran‘s x album.
Sam Smith continued on his meteoric rise to fame as he performed at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards where he also received 4 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (for “Stay with Me”) and Best Pop Vocal Album (for In the Lonely Hour). He also won the British Breakthrough Act award at the 2015 Brit Awards in February 2015. Smith’s winning streak continued at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards where he received 3 Awards for Top Male Artist, Top New Artist, and Top Radio Songs Artist.
Also in 2015, Smith penned “Writing’s on the Wall” alongside Jimmy Napes as the theme song to the 24th James Bond movie Spectre. Writing’s on the Wall became the first James Bond movie theme to reach No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also earned Smith a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Sam Smith’s second studio album The Thrill of It All debuted at No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart and also became the singer’s first number one album in the United States.
Sam Smith’s father Frederick Smith is a former van driver and his mother Kate Cassidy worked as a stockbroker. He was raised alongside 2 sisters Lily and Mabel. Smith is undoubtedly one of the most incredible music talents out of the UK, however, he owes much of his successes to the immense support he received from his family. On recognizing that their little boy was indeed a music genius, Smith’s parents quickly got him a music teacher to help hone his budding talents.
In 2008, his mother Kate Cassidy lost her job at a city bank because “she spent company time” promoting her young son’s music career. Following a legal battle, Smith’s mother was paid £800,000 compensation by her former employers which she equally spent on setting her son up in London where he intensified his pursuit for a music career.
Sam Smith is also related to fellow singer-songwriter Lily Allen and Game of Thrones actor Alfie Allen, both of whom are his third cousins.
Dating or Married; Is Sam Smith Gay, Who Is His Boyfriend?
The talented English singer came out as gay in May 2014. He equally admitted to a previous relationship with actor and model Jonathan Zeizel. During his acceptance speech at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Smith announced that the single “Stay with Me” was inspired by his previous relationship with a man who had left him heartbroken.
In an October 2017 interview with British gay lifestyle magazine Attitude, Smith equally admitted that he owned mainly female clothing in his teenage years and that he usually wore makeup to school. He also acknowledged that his 2nd album The Thrill of It All was a testament to his sexual orientation.
Going by the information available to the public, Sam Smith is currently unmarried. However, the multi-Grammy winning singer appears to be unavailable. In a September 2017 interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Smith admitted that he was in a relationship. But then, he did not reveal the identity of his lover.
Nonetheless, it has been widely reported that Smith is dating American actor Brandon Flynn. The couple has since confirmed their relationship through countless appearances both on the red carpet and on social media.
Height and Body Measurements
Sam Smith stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm). The singer was known to struggle with his weight when he first came to the limelight. However, he has been able to bring his weight under control.
According to the “Stay With Me” crooner, he was able to reform his feeding by enlisting the help of nutritional therapist Amelia Freer. Since dropping his debut album in 2014, the singer has lost an astonishing 49 pounds. Sam Smith now maintains an average body weight of 91 kg (200 lb).