British singer Sam Smith had a huge 2012, rising to international acclaim virtually overnight as the featured singer on Disclosure's breakout single "Latch." Since then, the young belter has established an impressive following in his own right with an appearance on the Naughty Boys' No. 1 single "La La La" as well as several preview cuts from his 2014 studio debut In the Lonely Hour. Possessing a depth of tone and breadth of range that belies his young age, Smith floored fans at his 2013 shows, setting expectations high for his 2014 tour dates.
Born in Cambridgeshire, England, Smith studied vocals and songwriting in his teens under the mentorship of jazz vocalist Joanna Eden. His big break came at just 20, when he got the opportunity to collaborate with rising British electronic duo Disclosure on their breakout 2012 single "Latch," a Top 10 UK hit and ubiquitous presence at clubs around the world. Smith's unique vocal on the track became one of the most recognizable musical moments of 2013, leading to an appearance on the Naughty Boys' UK No. 1 "La La La," the country's fastest-selling single of the year. Shortly thereafter, Smith made his solo debut with "Lay Me Down" and the chart-topping "Money on My Mind," the lead singles from his highly anticipated 2014 studio debut In the Lonely Hour.