Samuel Frederick Smith (born 19 May 1992) is an English singer and songwriter. They rose to prominence in October 2012 after being featured on Disclosure’s breakthrough single “Latch”, which peaked at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart. Smith was subsequently featured on Naughty Boy’s “La La La”, which became a number one single in May 2013. In December 2013, they were nominated for the 2014 Brit Critics’ Choice Award and the BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll, winning both.
Smith’s debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour, was released in May 2014 on Capitol Records UK. The album’s lead single, “Lay Me Down”, was released prior to “La La La”. The album’s second single, “Money on My Mind”, became Smith’s second number one single in the UK. The third single, “Stay with Me”, was an international success, reaching number one in the UK and number two on the US Billboard Hot 100, while their singles “I’m Not the Only One” and “Like I Can” reached the top ten in the UK. The album won four awards, at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album, Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance.
For Smith’s and Jimmy Napes’ song “Writing’s on the Wall”, the theme for the James Bond film Spectre (2015), Smith won the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Smith’s second studio album, The Thrill of It All, was released in November 2017 and debuted atop the UK and US album charts. The lead single, “Too Good at Goodbyes”, reached number one in the UK and Australia and number four in the US. Smith released the single “Promises” with Calvin Harris, and it reached number one in the UK. Smith initially released “Dancing with a Stranger”, with Normani, as the lead single for Smith’s third studio album, which reached the top ten in the UK and the US and was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2020 Brit Awards, along with “How Do You Sleep?”, a cover of Donna Summer’s 1977 classic “I Feel Love”, and “To Die For”, until the album was postponed due to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic. The single “I’m Ready” with Demi Lovato, was then released as the lead single for the upcoming album.
Smith has won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, three Billboard Music Awards, and an American Music Award, as well as a Golden Globe and an Academy Award through their career. Smith is genderqueer and uses singular they pronouns.