Samuel Frederick Smith, born on May 19, 1992, is an English singer and songwriter who has achieved remarkable success in the music industry. Let’s take a journey through some of the highlights of their career.
In 2012, Smith gained attention by collaborating with Disclosure on the song “Latch,” which became a hit, reaching number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. They continued their winning streak with Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” which topped the charts in May 2013.
Smith’s first full album, “In the Lonely Hour,” dropped in May 2014 via Capitol Records UK. The album spawned several popular singles. “Lay Me Down,” the lead single, came before “La La La.” The next single, “Money on My Mind,” also became a UK number one.
Another standout, “Stay with Me,” reached the top spot in the UK and nearly topped the US Billboard Hot 100. Other songs like “I’m Not the Only One” and “Like I Can” also found success, making the album a huge hit. Their accomplishments were acknowledged at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, where they won four awards including Best Pop Vocal Album and Best New Artist.
Smith’s talent continued to shine. They collaborated with Jimmy Napes on “Writing’s on the Wall,” the theme song for the James Bond film “Spectre” (2015), earning them a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Their second album, “The Thrill of It All,” debuted at number one on both the UK and US album charts in November 2017. The lead single, “Too Good at Goodbyes,” conquered charts in the UK and Australia and made it to number four in the US.
Smith’s journey didn’t stop there. Collaborations like “Promises” with Calvin Harris, “Dancing with a Stranger” with Normani, and “How Do You Sleep?” showcased their versatility. These tracks were part of their third album, “Love Goes” (2020). In 2022, the single “Unholy” with Kim Petras from their fourth album “Gloria” (2023) reached number one in the US and earned them a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
Smith’s exceptional accomplishments include an impressive array of awards: five Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. Notably, Smith is a trailblazer, being the first openly non-binary musician to achieve a Billboard Hot 100 number one hit and win a Grammy Award.
Is Sam Smith Gay?
He is not gay, but non-binary. This means he does not identify as either male or female. He uses they/them pronouns. He has said that he feels “like a woman sometimes” and has considered having a sex change. He has also said that he feels “just as much woman as I am man”. He came out as non-binary in 2019.