SA dates for hit-maker Sam Smith

British soul singer Sam Smith performs in Johannesburg and Cape Town in April next year,

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BY BILLY SUTER

BRITISH soul singer Sam Smith will be performing in South Africa in April next year – but only in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

His Thrill of It All Tour, presented by 947, KFM, M-Net, Channel 24 and Big Concerts, will see Smith entertain at the TicketPro Dome in Gauteng on April 13 and 14, and at Cape Town’s Grand Arena, Grand West, on April 16 and 17.

Tickets are priced from R575 and go on sale at 9am on Thursday. August 30, at http://www.bigconcerts.co.za

Sam Smith first hit the charts as the featured singer on the 2012 Disclosure song Latch, and released his first single, Lay Me Down, soon after. Smith’s next hit was on a featured role by Naughty Boys’ Bollywood-inspired La La La. With Smith’s vocals the song became an instant No 1 single in the UK in 2013. He then released his first EP, Nirvana.

In 2014, Smith released In The Lonely Hour, his debut full-length album, which has sold 13 million copies globally. The album included the hit Stay With Me, a radio staple over the course of the entire year.

Smith was nominated for six Grammys and won four, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.

At the 2015 Brit Awards, he took the awards for British Breakthrough Act and Global Success. At the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, Smith received three awards: Top Male Artist, Top New Artist and Top Radio Songs Artist.

His musical achievements have also led him to be mentioned twice in the Guinness World Records. Hit song Writing’s on the Wall, co-written with Jimmy Napes for the 2015 James Bond film, Spectre, won Smith the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The Thrill of It All’ which has already sold four million copies, sees Sam once again working alongside close friend and longterm collaborator Jimmy Napes as well as the likes of Timbaland, Malay, Jason ‘Poo Bear’ Boyd and Stargate.

The album also sees Sam collaborate with unsigned artist, YEBBA, for their track No Peace.

Too Good At Goodbyes, the first single from the new album, saw global success hitting No 1 in the UK and Global Spotify Charts, No 1 in the UK and US iTunes charts and entering the official UK charts at No 1, making it Sam’s sixth UK number one single.


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