Few singer-songwriters have managed to gain such a high profile on the strength of one album but, with a staggering four Grammy Awards for his 2014 debut, In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith’s eagerly awaited second album looks set to be the bestseller of late 2017/early 2018. He already has a Number One success with the first release from album number two in the shape of ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ and could be forgiven for cashing in on his success by selling his cast-off songs to other artists.
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This is common practice in the music business and many songwriters are very happy to accept the extra cash for the work that they have put in – but this is not something that Smith would ever contemplate. Interviewed by Australian radio station, KIIS FM he said, “I dunno, I don’t really like giving my songs to other people, it’s just not for me. Maybe just because my songs, like all the other others, are just s***.” Those Grammy Awards say not, Sam – stop being so modest!