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Sam Smith comes out as gay, reveals new album's inspiration

Sam Smith comes out as gay, reveals new album's inspiration
Posted Thursday, May 29th 2014 @ 10am

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Sam Smith is opening up about his sexuality for the first time in a new interview with Fader.

The up-and-coming British singer-songwriter tells the magazine his debut album In the Lonely Hour is about a guy he fell in love with last year who didn't love him back.  Smith says he wanted people to know the gender of the person he was singing about, but he also called it a "non-issue" that he hopes will eventually become a normality.  Smith adds that he tried to be clever about it by making music that could be "about anything and everybody -- whether it's a guy, a female, or a goat." 

In the Lonely Hour is due out June 17th, and Smith recently announced plans to support it with a North American tour starting September 15th in Boston. 

Sam Smith's North American tour dates: 

Sept. 15: Boston, MA (House of Blues) 
Sept. 16: Washington, DC (Echostage) 
Sept. 19: New York, NY (Hammerstein Ballroom) 
Sept. 21: Toronto, Ontario (Kool Haus) 
Sept. 22: Chicago, IL (Riviera Theatre) 
Sept. 24: Vancouver, British Columbia (Orpheum Theatre) 
Sept. 25: Seattle, WA (Paramount Theatre) 
Sept. 26: Portland, OR (Crystal Ballroom) 
Sept. 28: Oakland, CA (Fox Theatre) 
Sept. 30 Los Angeles, CA (Greek Theatre) 
Oct. 3: Austin, TX (Austin City Limits) 
Oct. 4: Houston, TX (House of Blues) 
Oct. 6: Atlanta, GA (Tabernacle) 
Oct. 7: Nashville, TN (Ryman Auditorium) 
Oct. 9: Dallas, TX (House of Blues) 
Oct. 10: Austin, TX (Austin City Limits) 

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