His soulful voice has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world. Now, Frontier Touring can confirm that Sam Smith is set to bring his highly anticipated ‘In The Lonely Hour’ tour to New Zealand in April 2015!
Smith first announced himself to the world as the distinct guest-vocalist on Disclosure’s chart-scorching breakthrough track ‘Latch’ (watch here). He then featured on Naughty Boy’s No. 1 hit single ‘La La La’ (watch here), amassing a monumental 400 million views on YouTube and counting.
In July of last year, Smith released the Nirvana EP (out now through EMI Australia). A unique fusion of soul and pop, the EP showcased both his breathtaking vocal abilities and adeptly melancholic lyricism. With the long cited influences of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan coming through bright and clear, the EP saw Sam Smith named BBC’s ‘Sound Of 2014’ and follow in the footsteps of Adele, Florence + The Machine and Emile Sandé by scoring the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2014 BRIT Awards.
Anticipation had reached fever pitch by the time Smith released his debut album In The Lonely Hour (out now through EMI Australia) in May of this year and boy, did he deliver. An astonishing debut that is equal parts heartbreaking and stirring, In The Lonely Hour has already gone Platinum in the UK and Gold in Australia and New Zealand, debuting at #1 in the UK albums chart, becoming the fastest-selling debut of 2014, and #2 on the US Billboard Chart, ARIA Albums Chart and New Zealand Albums Chart.
In The Lonely Hour’s first single, the ludicrously catchy ‘Money On My Mind’ (watch here) won Smith another UK #1 and Platinum certification. Subsequent single and U.S. debut ‘Stay With Me’ (watch here) has continued Smith’s record-breaking streak, as he becomes the first UK male artist to ever to have his debut single reach #1 at AAA, AC and Pop radio. The gospel-induced soul ballad is being equally adored across seven radio formats in the U.S and has gone triple Platinum in Australia, Platinum in New Zealand and climbed the top ten in over twelve countries.
Smith gave an acclaimed rendition of ‘Stay With Me’ at the recent MTV VMA’s (watch here), a shiver-inducing duet alongside RnB legend Mary J. Blige (watch here), and the track has been reworked by the likes of Ed Sheeran and Florence + The Machine amongst others.
The compelling video for latest single ‘I’m Not The Only One’ (watch here) is a tale of unrequited love and longing that is highlighted by Smith’s trademark affecting vocals that features Glee’s Dianna Agron and The Mindy Project’s Chris Messina.