Sam Smith SLAYED Saturday Night Live
Sam Smith's a vocal powerhouse from across the pond. Still relatively unknown to American audiences, Smith is in the process of making the initial laps of touring behind his debut, In the Lonely Hour, won't see an American release until June 3. He initially broke through in the UK as the guest on Disclosure's "Latch" in 2012. Now, Smith is 21 and ready to truly break, and if his Saturday Night Live performance is any indication, it's only a [brief] matter of time before "Sam Smith" is a household name.
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Smith brought a proper gospel choir and an intimate orchestra to the sound stage for "Stay With Me," which soared. Nary a bad note or a dull one, Smith's buoyant vibratto was straight-up intoxicating and it was impossible not to get swept up in a performance so heartfelt and true. How could you not hang on every note that crosses this kid's lips? We've got nothing but accolades to spout here, so the music will speak for itself.
For "Lay Me Down," Smith ditched the ceremony, the choir and the orchestra and vocally made love to little more than a piano and a cello. SNL hasn't been kind to solo crooners--we all remember Lana Gate, even if we'd like to never think of it again--but Smith proved that the SNL stage is one that can make someone just as easily as it can break them. "Lay My Down" proves he's clearly the type of artist that'll launch from the position of the former, and it'll be thrilling to watch him rise in the coming months.
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