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Sam Smith On World Cafe | May 8, 2014

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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.

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Bruce Springsteen “High Hopes” High Hopes
Lake Street Dive “You Go Down Smooth” Bad Self Portraits
Ann Peebles “Dr. Love Power” The Hi Years
((The Revelations “Because of You” Deep Soul))
Sam Smith “Latch” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Sam Smith “Lay Me Down” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sam Smith “Money On My Mind” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sam Smith “Stay With Me” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Naughty Boy “La La La” Hotel Cabana))
Typhoon “Young Fathers” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Dr. Dog “Distant Light” B-Room
John Lennon “Whatever Gets You Through” The John Lennon Collection
((Tedeschi Trucks Band “Part of Me” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
The Church “Under the Milky Way” Starfish
Ray LaMontagne “Supernova” Supernova
The Kinks “Waterloo Sunset” Something Else By the Kinks
The Lumineers “Submarines” The Lumineers
Calexico “Alone Again Or” Calexico
Damon Albarn “Mr. Tembo” Everyday Robots
((Bell X1 “Amelia” Blue Lights On the Runway))
The Mighty Sparrow “Maria” Doctor Bird: Soca Anthology
The Mighty Sparrow “Mas In Caracas” Doctor Bird: Soca Anthology
((Mighty Sparrow “Mas in Caracas” Doctor Bird: Soca Anthology))
The War On Drugs “Red Eyes” Lost In the Dream
U2 “Mysterious Ways” Achtung Baby
Lianne La Havas “Is Your Love Big Enough” Is Your Love Big Enough
The Mighty Sparrow “Mr. Walker” Hot & Sweet
((Pacha Massive “Cruisin” All Good Things))