Samuel Frederick Smith (born 19 May 1992) is an English singer-songwriter.
Smith primarily performs in the R&B genre while combining elements of pop, soul, rock, electronica and folk. Their first success came when they were featured on the songs "Latch" by Disclosure, and "La La La" by Naughty Boy. Eventually, they won the 2015 Grammy for Best New Artist, 2014 BRIT Critic's Choice Award and the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll, and their debut album In the Lonely Hour was released in May 2014. Smith performed the title theme for the James Bond film Spectre, "Writing's on the Wall", netting the Golden Globe and the Oscar for Best Original Song (much like fellow-Brit Adele did for its predecessor Skyfall)
- Nirvana (EP) (2013)
- In the Lonely Hour (2014)
- The Thrill of It All (2017)Singles: "Too Good at Goodbyes" (2017), "One Last Song" (2017), "Pray" (2018), "Baby, You Make Me Crazy" (2018), "Dancing with a Stranger" (2019)
Oh, won't you trope with me?/'Cause they're all I need:
- Adorkable: They usually speak softly and politely, are as cute as a button, and yet can sing with the voice of an angel.
- Ambiguous Gender: Justified. Smith revealed that their body took on some stereotypically feminine traits during their adolescence and started wearing makeup and crossdressing (though it's something of a misnomer when considering a non-binary gender identity). Given that they have sung a James Bond theme, sold millions of records, and won several Grammys and Oscars, they are in all likelihood the most famous non-binary person to identify as such publicly.
- Ambiguous Syntax: The final line of "Leave Your Lover" reads "Leave your lover/Leave him for me." Most would instinctively read it as "leave your lover and be with me," but The Reveal at the end of the music video (as well as the fact that Smith is gay) implies the meaning to be "leave your lover so that I can be with him."
- Ascended Fanboy: Sam is a huge fan of Fifth Harmony and after the group split, while recording "Dancing with a Stranger", their studio happened to be right next to where Normani was and they met up and collaborated on the song together.
- Boléro Effect: The album version of "Lay Me Down"—sadly, on the video version, this bit is toned down.
- Concept Album: In the Lonely Hour, as the title implies, focuses on a slow and sad-sounding sound because the songs focus on loneliness, sadness, and longing for love.
- Dream Team: With Normani on "Dancing with a Stranger".
- Genre-Busting: While prominently pop-soul, In the Lonely Hour also jumps around to incorporating influences of breakbeat ("Money on My Mind"), synthpop ("Life Support"), disco ("Restart"), alternative rock ("Like I Can"), folk ("Not in That Way" and "Leave Your Lover"), and soft rock ("I'm Not the Only One" and "Stay with Me").
- Lonely Piano Piece: The acoustic version of "Lay Me Down".
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The album In the Lonely Hour was inspired by when they were heartbroken after suffering from unrequited love.
- Rearrange the Song: "Lay Me Down" originally was released in 2013 as an upbeat soul ballad. The album version of the song is more progressive and epic in nature, and the video version of the song (quite sadly) removes the drums and extra strings.
- Retraux: Their music is a throwback to '60s soul and gospel.
- The Rich Have White Stuff: The husband of "I'm Not the Only One" is the rich guy to have the all-white stuff, contrasted with the darkness when they're cheating.
- Spear Counterpart: Smith was often referred to as a "male Adele", but they don't like the comparison. This may be in part because the "male" part isn't exactly accurate. There are similarities between their music and singing styles, and the fact that both won Oscars for singing James Bond themes no doubt hasn't decreased the number of comparisons, but to be fair, their styles aren't identical.
- Stepford Smiler: The wife from the "I'm Not the Only One" music video is Type A.
- Video Full of Film Clips: "Writing's on the Wall" with clips of Spectre.
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: A$AP Rocky in the remix of "I'm Not the Only One".
- Wham Line: From "I'm Not the Only One":You say I'm crazy
Cause you don't think I know what you've done
But when you call me baby
I know I'm not the only one
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Evidently one in Real Life since adolescence, although in a way, given their non-binary gender identity, it's a moot point.
- Your Cheating Heart: "I'm Not the Only One" is a song about lamenting the fact that their lover has cheated on them. And the music video features a wife who finds out that her husband cheated on her.