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Samuel Frederick "Sam" Smith (born 19 May 1992) is a British singer-songwriter. He rose to fame in October 2012 when he was featured on Disclosure's breakthrough single "Latch", which peaked at #11 on the UK chart. His subsequent feature--on Naughty Boy's "La La La"--earned him his first #1 single in May 2013. In December 2013, he was nominated for the 2014 BRIT Critics' Choice Award and the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll, both of which he won. He released his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour, in May 2014 on Capitol Records. The lead single, "Lay Me Down", was released prior to "La La La". The second single was "Money on My Mind". Early life: Sam Smith was born in London, England. He is an alumnus of Youth Music Theatre UK and starred in their 2007 production of "Oh! Carol". For a number of years he studied singing and songwriting under jazz vocalist/pianist Joanna Eden. He attended St Mary's Catholic School in Bishop's Stortford. He was a member of the Bishop's Stortford Junior Operatics (now Bishops Stortford Musical Theatre Society) and the successful Cantate Youth Choir (http://www.cantate.co.uk/) In 2009, his mother Kate Cassidy, a banker who earned more than £500,000 a year, launched a £1.5m High Court battle against her former employers Tullett Prebon. The company dismissed her amid accusations that she was spending too much time managing her son's music career. He is a third-cousin of singer Lily Allen and actor Alfie Allen. Music career: 2012-13: Breakthrough: In October 2012, Smith featured on Disclosure's single "Latch"; it was released on 8 October 2012 and peaked at #11 on the UK Singles Chart. In February 2013 he released his debut single "Lay Me Down", the lead single from his debut album. He featured on Naughty Boy's single "La La La"; the single was released on 19 May 2013, hit #1 on the UK Singles Chart on 26 May 2013 ― for the week ending dated 1 June 2013 ― and was dethroned the following week by Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams and T.I.. He released an EP consisting of four tracks. The first, titled "Safe With Me", is produced by Two Inch Punch and premiered on MistaJam's BBC Radio 1Xtra show on 24 July 2013. The second song on the EP is titled "Nirvana" and is produced by Craze & Hoax and Jonathan Creek. The EP also includes Smith's acoustic solo version of "Latch" and a live version of "I've Told You Now". Smith released the Disclosure, Nile Rodgers, and Jimmy Napes collaboration "Together" on 25 November 2013 as the only single from Settle: The Remixes. Smith won the BRIT Critics' Choice Award 2014. 2013-present: In the Lonely Hour: The second single from his debut album, titled "Money on My Mind", was released on 16 February 2014. It was announced on 16 December that Smith's debut studio album titled In the Lonely Hour would be released on 26 May 2014 through Capitol Records. He describes the album as "all about unrequited love" because he has never been loved back by any of his love interests. A live version of album track "I've Told You Now", performed at St Pancras Old Church, was made available for free download as part of an Amazon.com promotion on 27 December 2013. The album track "Make It To Me", co-written by Howard of Disclosure and Jimmy Napes, was made available for free download as part of an iTunes Store promotion on 13 January 2014. Smith went on his debut American headlining tour in the Spring of 2014, with a setlist of primarily new material. On January 20, 2014, Smith made his American television debut performing "Latch" with Disclosure on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon". He also performed on Saturday Night Live on 29 March 2014, performing "Stay with Me" and "Lay Me Down". On 29 May 2014 Sam made his debut in Italy on Rai 2's The Voice of Italy performing "Stay with Me". In June 2014, Sam Smith first appeared on the cover of The Fader in its 92nd issue. Personal life: Smith cites Amy Winehouse as an influence, so much so that in May 2014, he tweeted that he still missed her. He further lists Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey as influences. In May 2014, Smith declared himself as gay. Smith also explained that many of the songs on his debut album were inspired by unrequited love, stating "In the Lonely Hour is about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn't love me back. I think I'm over it now, but I was in a very dark place. I kept feeling lonely in the fact that I hadn't felt love before." In an interview with 4Music, Smith opened up about his struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. "I actually have OCD really bad, and it's getting a bit worse at the moment," he said. "I have to check taps... before I leave the house, to make sure I've checked everything in case it floods."

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