Sam Smith Talks ‘Gloria,’ Confidence and ‘Expressing the Liberation I’ve Been Feeling’

Sam Smith Talks ‘Gloria,’ Confidence and ‘Expressing the Liberation I’ve Been Feeling’

Sam Smith is at a great place. And not just because the sun is beating down in Adelaide, Australia where they stopped briefly for a one-off performance at the d’Arenberg Cube winery, and for some introductions to national media.

Talking with Billboard Smith seems as chilled at the EOS by SkyCity Hotel overlooking Adelaide Oval, as if he is enjoying a respite from the British winter.

With Gloria, Smith’s fourth album, ready and set for its Jan. 27 release into the world, and a busy year of touring ahead, the British singer could be excused for feeling anxious.

“It doesn’t feel nerve-racking this time around,” Smith explains. “I made a very conscious decision with this record to not bring anything out until I just loved it, in and out, and didn’t want to be in a position where I was putting something out and was thinking, ‘are people going to like this’? I wanted to be in a position where I put something out and I felt I didn’t care if anyone else liked it, because it’s about whether I like it. Because it’s what I make.”

The early results are in, and there’s a lot of love for the new songs. Gloria release “Unholy” featuring Kim Petras is a stone-cold hit, blasting to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Smith’s first U.S. leader; and it logged multiple weeks atop the Official U.K. Singles Chart and Australia’s ARIA Chart.

More than a decade has passed since Smith’s career took flight, when they contributed those honey-dripped, other-worldly vocals to Disclosure’s 2012 breakthrough track “Latch”. A debut LP, The Lonely HourIt was introduced in 2014, and reached its peak at No. 1, in the U.K., No. 2. 2 in the U.S. It All is a Thrill hit the summit on both sides of the Atlantic, confirming Smith’s ascent as a bonafide star. There have been four Grammys, three BRITss, an Oscar, and a Golden Globe.

Gloria is the follow-up to 2020’s Love goesIt peaked at No. 2 on the U.K. count, and No. 5 in the U.S.

Part of the new album was shaped during the pandemic, and “really came about expressing the liberation I’ve been feeling over the last few years, when it comes to my sexuality, my emotions, my spirit,” Smith notes. From the introspective opening number, the previously-released “Love Me More,” the first song Smith wrote for the album, through to the hymnal title track, Gloria is a signal that its creator is “in a good place.”

Fans got a third bite of the LP on Jan. 11, with the release of “Gimme,” featuring Koffee and Jessie Reyez.

With the benefit of multiple listens, and pulling back, there’s a lot of joy to be found in Gloria.

“I’d written so many heartbreak songs and confessional songs that weren’t just about my heartbreak, but other people’s. I wanted to explore a more confident voice and a voice that was stronger, honestly.”

Smith performed before the big day. SNL Visited The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon For a late-night chat. To support the album, a major international tour will start on April 12th in Sheffield, England. Then it will travel through the U.K. and Ireland before reaching North America in July and October. Next, it will head to Australia and New Zealand for a string of shows during the summer heat.

Smith 2023 is smarter, happier, and more self-assured.

“I really do feel like I’m in That place. People should like what I do.Gloria), but I’m on my fourth album now. I don’t feel like I have to prove so much, I just want to enjoy what I make and enjoy my job.”

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