Sam Smith Emerges From the Shadow of Loneliness Into a World of 007

Sam Smith

Sam Smith, the 23-year-old British singing sensation, has recently recorded the new theme song for the upcoming Bond film, Spectre, which opens in the U.S. in November 2015. According to Rolling Stone, the singer confirmed that his new song, Writing’s on the Wall, will play during the film’s opening credits. A number of news sources have reported that Smith kept quiet about his part in the production for the months leading up to the day of the recording. The project is rumored to have helped the recording superstar to bring closure to the total darkness he felt after falling in love, only to find himself all alone. According to The Verge, the person of his affection is partly responsible for the success of the hit album, In the Lonely Hour, because it has sold over 8 million copies. The song, Stay with Me, is about a strong desire to be loved and not to be left alone. However, the opportunity to be apart of the Bond line-up this fall, gives Smith a welcomed avenue through which he emerges from the shadow of loneliness into the exuberant world of 007.

Described as having an intriguing voice he stated, “This is one of the highlights of my career…I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy…” Which is a far cry from the pain the singer admitted to suffering through while he wrote the song, Stay with me, last year. Smith states, “I think I’m over it now, but it was a very dark place.” Which can be viewed as the start of his emergence from the shadows of loneliness into the bright world of a refined 007. During the interview with E Online, the 23-year-old, said that he feels almost like he has signed off that part of his life. Since the start of 2015, the Grammy winner has blazed a stunning trail, culminating in the rare opportunity to be a part of the Bond legacy.

However, the road has not been particularly smooth for the Grammy winner. Starting with the ridicule and put downs he suffered about his sexual orientation and weight problem. He also faced a challenge by Tom Petty because of the close similarity in the songs Stay with me, by Smith and the song Won’t Back Down, written and performed by Petty in 1989. Fortunately the two were able to settle the issue by allowing Petty a 12.5 percent stake in the song and he now gets credit for writing the song as well, according to the Washington Post. Despite the troubling challenges faced by the singing sensation, he has proven to be a worthy pick as the next featured singer for the upcoming Bond film.

By getting the go ahead on the Bond project, Smith will add this latest achievement to an impressive two year stretch. The winner of 4 Grammy awards which includes the song of the year, two Brits, and the sheer enjoyment of being in the top 10 with his debut album for 67 weeks, according to The Verge. This simply adds fuel to the propellant that has helped a young Sam Smith to emerge from the shadow of loneliness, into  the world of 007. Wherein, he joins several artists that have helped to make the British iconic legacy what it has become today.

By Jireh Gibson


The Record: Sam Smith Wins 4 Grammy Awards, Including Song of the Year

The Verge: Sam Smith’s ‘writing on the Wall’ Will Be the New Bond Theme Song

E! Online: Sam Smith Opens up about Being Gay, Reveals Album Is about a Guy Who Didn’t Love Him Back


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