Sam Smith is a triple threat: comedian, musician, and dentist. But the Sam Smith I meet in a pub in North London isn’t interested in walking on eggshells any more. They want to talk about how hard it can be to be gay and to be someone with an unconventional body in the public eye – how hard it is to be in the public eye at all. There’s also the fact that they’ve realised they’re nonbinary, outside of the normal division of men” and women”. Smith used to wear fur coats, leggings and a full face of make-up to school as a child and during press for The Thrill Of It All says they felt just as much a woman as I am a man”. Since coming out as nonbinary in March, they’re now doubling down on their research to make sure they know as much as they can about who they are and what it means.
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.
At the time of writing, Smith’s initial announcement tweet had been retweeted nearly 50,000 times and had been liked more than 300,000 times. Sam explained the decision behind their preferred pronouns comes from ‘a lifetime of being at war with my gender’.
Originally from Tauranga, Sam Smith attended Tauranga Boys High School before moving to Christchurch to play for Lincoln University. Sam played for both the Canterbury Rams and the U19 Canterbury team in 2014. Sam then headed to start his college career at Brown Mackie College in August, 2014 where he played and started every game. He averaged 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sam then moved on to Texas Wesleyan University for his Junior and Senior year. Sam has come back to New Zealand during off seasons and trained as a part of previous Rams squads. Over the past few years during his summer breaks in college Sam has also been part of Canterbury’s U23 national dominance where he has helped them win several national titles. Sam was named in the U23 national tournament team three consecutive years in 2016,17 and 18.
Sam Smith winner of the Person of the Year award poses in the Winners Room at the Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards 2019 at The Roundhouse on Oct. 9, 2019 in London.
Jake Gallagher, 27, says it is “great” Smith has come out as non-binary, adding: “The more people in the mainstream that come out as trans or non-binary is just going to help, especially someone like Sam, who has got a large platform.
But when Sam Smith came on stage, the audience exploded! With his strong, unique voice he brought us to smiles and tears. He did some danceable songs, and asked to sing with him, like in the songs “Like I can”, “La la la” and “Money on my mind”. He talked about the stories behind the songs, his past and his homosexuality.
Speaking at London’s first ever Trans Pride event , Aisha Brown, 37, welcomed Smith’s announcement, saying: “We definitely need more non-binary people in the public space, being visibly non-binary.
They’re not interested in wallowing any more: as their relationship came to an end they tried to write torch songs, but instead made the sexy bop Promises”. Like the disco musicians in whom they found salvation at Eagle London, they realised pain can be celebrated rather than indulged.
Smith’s last album ‘The Thrill Of It All’ received a four-star review from NME’s Nick Levine who wrote that the majestic” record was an an undeniably accomplished album that will, deservedly, shift a helluva lot of copies”.
A new Sam Smith is coming: not just the sovereign of the slow song, but the monarch of the sad banger. A nonbinary Robyn. They’re figuring out what it is to be who they are and they want to speak eloquently about it when they do. They’re not going to get it right immediately, they know that, but they’re trying. We’re lucky to have a pop star like Smith.
Smith joins a growing number of people who wish to use they and them as pronouns, including Jill Soloway, the Emmy-winning creator of transgender series Transparent,” and Billions” TV series actor Asia Kate Dillon.
Smith won four Grammy awards in 2015 after releasing debut studio album In the Lonely Hour” about unrequited love. Sam Smith has announced that a pop-driven follow-up to their 2017 album, ‘The Thrill Of It All’, will arrive next year.
As Sam Smith reminds us, there are more than just two ways to best label someone’s gender. But there’s only one way to call someone by their preferred name, pronouns and gender identity: by following their lead.
20 marca 2018 Smith wyruszył w drugą, światową trasę koncertową The Thrill of It All Tour, która zakończyła się w kwietniu 2019. W tym czasie potwierdził, że trzecim singlem z płyty będzie „Pray”, nagrany z gościnnym udziałem amerykańskiego rapera, Logica. Premiera singla odbyła się 29 marca, a oficjalny klip do niego został udostępniony 9 maja 2018 w serwisie Vevo Utwór wcześniej został wydany na początku października 2017 jako singel promocyjny w wersji solowej.
With tickets already disappearing fast for The Thrill Of It All World tour and the news that Gordi will also be performing, there’s no time to waste! Grab your tickets now.
Smith has stumbled plenty of times as they tried to talk as effectively about queer history as their music does about loneliness But each time, Smith picks themself back up and made the same pledge: they’re going to learn; they’re going to educate themself; they’re going to be better.
That dark place has taken Smith to some very exciting, rewarding arenas. At the 2015 Grammy Awards, Smith and their record took four awards: Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record of the Year and Song of the Year (Stay With Me”).
Singer-songwriter GordiMusic will join SamSmith at all his AU & NZ shows next month! Gordi takes over the special guest slot from previously-announced PalomaFaith , who is sadly no longer able to join Sam on tour.
Referring to Sam using male pronouns, Piers added: ‘All respect to him if he wants to do that, no problem. If you want to do that Sam Smith, that’s on your dime. You do what the hell you like. Don’t change everything else for you.
Smith came out as gay in 2014 and as genderqueer in 2017. Having participated in many interviews and discussions pertaining to gender and sexuality, Smith is seen by some as a figurehead of the non-binary community.
Smith, 27, revealed earlier this year that they had questioned their gender and had at one time considered a sex change. Sam Smith has opened up about how their head felt ‘like a prison’ before coming out as non-binary.
It’s something I still struggle with now. I do at times feel alienated from the community still. I fuck up all the time. I say the wrong thing. I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m trying to figure it out. I’m 26 years old and I’ve been on tour for the past five years. I haven’t learned as much as I should have by my age, but I’m really passionate about the fact I’m not going to hide that I don’t know these things any more. I’m not going to pretend I’m some kind of spokesperson who knows what I’m talking about, because I don’t. I’m asking for help and forgiveness and time for me to learn.
I call it dance and cry music” – all stemming from disco. You know, you listen to certain disco songs and they’re very sad lyrically. And Robyn, to me, is the queen of dance and cry”. I did the cry part and now it’s time to do the dance part. You know, all my lyrics, whether it’s Dancing With A Stranger” or even Promises”, they’re really sad. The juxtaposition is what makes it gay.
Piers Morgan believes Sam Smith is to blame for the Brit Awards reportedly axing their male and female gender categories after the singer announced they are using ‘they’ and ‘them’ pronouns to describe their non-binary identity.
I was on tour and I came out of my relationship at the time – actually, it was a week before I came out of the relationship. I messaged Calvin Harris and we got into the studio together at his house in LA and we wrote this deep song, because at the time I was feeling quite sad. Then, in the last few minutes of the session, it was me, Calvin Harris and an amazing artist called Jessie Reyez. She poured me a whisky, she poured herself a whisky – Calvin doesn’t drink – and she went, Let’s just have some fun.” And we wrote Promises”. And it shifted my mind in every way when it came to music: You know what? I don’t have to be so serious.” Music is therapy to me and when I’m sad maybe I should just try to write some stuff that’s a bit more freeing to get me out of the slump. My creativity came back. It’s a happy mistake, but it’s definitely gayer. And more me, I think.
It had, indeed, been a while since Sam Smith had shattered records, and likely their own modest expectation, with the juggernaut that was In The Lonely Hour – three years, to be precise, and a lifetime ago in the turbo-charged pop market.
The music. I know it sounds weird – the music is open to everyone – but we really did start something. We did that. When I’m dancing in Horse Meat Disco on a Sunday night, I feel like I’m at gay disco church. It’s so beautiful. That to me is just the foundation of all music. It’s the music that queer people kiss to and cry to at the same time. We all go through, most of the time, hard lives to that soundtrack. If we didn’t have Madonna and Diana Ross I think many of us would die. I think that music is a lifeline. Because it was a lifeline to me as a 13-year-old overweight boy confused about his gender and his sexuality and being bullied at school. It was going home, sitting in my bedroom and turning on Lady Gaga’s Just Dance”. And that’s what got me through my day.
One can only imagine how freeing Smith’s own aha moment” must have been. Yet it does seem as though Smith anticipated the resulting backlash — one that’s all too familiar for many transgender and gender nonbinary people when they share who they are and their pronouns.
In Smith’s instance, they are both gay and gender nonbinary. And both of those labels are among the many used to describe a broad range of sexualities and genders that still aren’t really considered normal by today’s mainstream cultural standards, although they’ve existed throughout human history Even as we make cultural strides toward a more equitable society, those who are seen as most other and the least assimilated always bear the brunt of the bigotry. This queer vanguard changes with time as progress ebbs and flows.
Launching at the end of April, visitors are invited to experience ‘Nearness’ an artwork created by Sam Smith, directly inspired by Stourhead, and the theme ‘model landscape’.
In a new interview with the Zach Sang Show, Smith expressed excitement about their upcoming record, which will land sometime in 2020. The singer also confirmed that their newest offering will feature fewer ballads and plenty of poppier tracks in the vein of recent singles ‘How Do You Sleep?’ and ‘Dancing With A Stranger’, featuring Normani.
Smith has since joined the James Bond canon of movie vocalists with his orchestral single “Writing’s on the Wall” for Spectre. Co-written with Jimmy Napes, the song became a No. 1 single in the UK. “Wall” received both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award in 2016, with Smith dedicating his Oscar win to LGBT communities across the globe.
The English “Too Good at Goodbyes” singer was met with thousands of mostly supportive comments, along with some detractors who questioned the need to change pronouns, an increasingly common practice both within and outside of the LGBTQ community.