The Girl at the Rock Show: Sam Smith

I saw Sam Smith last night at the Patriot Center and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to.

Hopefully, you know who he is… he sings “Stay With Me” and is the voice on Disclosure’s “Latch”.

Here’s what really blows my mind:

March 20, 2014 – he headlines U Street Music Hall (500 capacity)

September 16, 2014 – he headlines Echostage (I believe 3-4,000 capacity?)

January 12, 2015 – he headlines Patriot Center (10,000 capacity)

That growth astounds me… all in less than a year! And do you want to know how he does it? He stands on the stage and sings his heart out.


Listening to his album, I believe, is like watching a really fantastic movie, but going to his show is like watching the same movie in IMAX 3D. The live band and his showmanship add a whole new depth to his music that I didn’t really know existed. Between the backup singers, cellist, and insanely talented drummer, it’s impossible not to be swept off your feet and lost in the sound. [By the way, did you know that on the album, there is no gospel choir on “Stay With Me”? It is Sam’s voice layered 40 times.]

My words can do no justice to accurately describe his show, so I’ll just show you the following. It’s a :15 clip from the song “Lay Me Down”, and it’s my favorite :15 on the whole album.

– Sam

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