(AUS) 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 Australia and New Zealand in April/May 2015!
Smith first announced himself to the world as the distinct guest-vocalist on Disclosure’s chart-scorching breakthrough track ‘Latch’. He then featured on Naughty Boy’s No. 1 hit single ‘La La La’, 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’ won Smith another UK #1 and Platinum certification. Subsequent single and U.S. debut ‘Stay With Me’ 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, a shiver-inducing duet alongside RnB legend Mary J. Blige, 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’ 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.
Following a slew of festivals and headline shows in Europe and the States, Smith was confirmed as part of this year’s prestigious iTunes Festival. Alongside the likes of Kylie Minogue and Pharrell Williams, he will perform in London with special guest SOHN, and you can watch his entire set from 6:00am AEST on September 10 here.
Smith also performed at this year’s Splendour In The Grass festival and collected the kind of praise reserved for veteran superstars.
Live and on-stage Sam Smith is a force of nature. His tour of Australia and New Zealand next April and May is set to be some of the most talked about performances of 2015. Make sure you don’t miss out!
Sam Smith Tour Dates:
Sat 25 Apr Brisbane | Riverstage
Mon 27 Apr Sydney | Hordern Pavilion
Thu 30 Apr Melbourne | Margaret Court Arena
Mon 4 May Perth | HBF Stadium
Tickets go on sale Monday 15 September at 11am.