It's been over three years since Sam Smith graced our ears with the gut-wrenching tunes of In the Lonely Hour, his breakthrough debut album that featured hits "Stay With Me," "Leave Your Lover" and "I'm Not the Only One." In this week's #TBT, take a look back at Fuse News' sit-down with Smith, who discussed the inspiration behind the chart-topping album.
"I've never been in a relationship myself...and I really wanted to tackle head-on those emotions," the British singer explains. "I've spent my whole life listening to songs about love and the turmoils of relationships—and not being able to relate. I wanted to make the album that I never had as a kid."
"We were all just chilling out in the dressing room," Smith recalls. "They were just really complimentary. Sting just gave me a massive hug after I sang. It's just mental."
Be sure to check out Smith's long-awaited sophomore album, The Thrill of It All, out November 3. Below, keep the throwback vibes going with a 2014 snippet from Bonnaroo, where he discussed his No. 1 album, coming out, and collaborating with Blige: