Sam Smith’s tour will stop in Washington at the Gorge Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 8, 2015.
Capitol Records recording artist Sam Smith will return to North America this summer for his second arena/theatre tour of 2015. The month-long run will kick off on July 18 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina and will include concerts at Miami’s American Airlines Arena (July 20) and Denver’sRed Rocks Amphitheatre (August 4).
His hugely successful winter tour included sold-out shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and the Forum in Los Angeles. In a live review, The New York Times’ Jon Pareles noted, “His sound is startling…When he sings a melisma, the pitches are as clearly delineated as keys on a piano.” Billboard praised the sold-out opening night show in Atlanta as “nothing short of triumphant” and the Toronto Sun reported that while Smith charmed the audience at the sold-out Air Canada Centre with his soul-baring, between-songs stories, he “mostly let his beautiful voice do the talking.”
Smith’s four Grammy wins set a record, marking the most awards ever received by a U.K. artist following the release of a debut album. In The Lonely Hour, which has sold more than five million units worldwide, received the award for Best Pop Vocal Album. It reclaimed the No. 1 position on the U.K. album chart in the week following the awards and is currently in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200. Smith’s No. 1 single “Stay With Me,” which is RIAA-certified 4x multi-Platinum, has won awards for both Record and Song of the Year and Smith was named Best New Artist.
The official video for his new single, “Lay Me Down,” has surpassed 15 million views since it premiered earlier this month. Rolling Stone, which profiled Smith in a recent cover story, was on set when the video was shot and spoke with him about the message he and director Ryan Hope hoped to convey in this feature.
After winning the BRITs Critics’ Choice award in 2014, Smith leads this year’s competition with five BRIT nominations. He will be performing at the awards ceremony at The O2 in London this Wednesday, February 25. In 2014, he won Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock honors at the American Music Awards, the VH1 You Oughta Know Artist Of The Year award, four MOBOs, a Q Award and the BBC Sound of 2014 prize.
[Editor’s Note: The Sam Smith date originally held for KeyArena on February 2, 2015 has been rescheduled to August 8, 2015 at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Tickets for the KeyArena date will be refunded beginning February 24, 2015. Fans who bought tickets to the original show via the phone or internet will receive an email about exchanging their tickets, and those who purchased their tickets via the box office or retail outlets should go back to their point of purchase for assistance with exchanging theirs. Original tickets for the KeyArena date will not be valid for entry at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Ticketholders can contact Ticketmaster Customer Service with any additional concerns at 1-800-653-8000.]