Sam Smith's soulful voice recalls the singers of yesteryear, but he's found a way to bring that classic style to today's pop and electronic music. The British singer gained recognition in 2012 after writing and providing the vocal for "Latch," a breakout hit for the electronic duo Disclosure.
The following year, Smith was featured on Naughty Boy's "La La La," which hit No. 1 in the U.K. He released his own EP last fall, and his song "Money on My Mind" helped him top the U.K. singles chart once again. Smith's first full-length album, In the Lonely Hour, comes out in the U.S. next month.
During today's session, World Cafe's Michaela Majoun speaks to Smith about the effects of his success, and he performs a few of his songs at the Boot and Saddle in Philadelphia.