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Meet The Woman Who Taught Sam Smith How To Sing

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He first came on the U.K. music scene in 2012, singing on Disclosure‘s breakout single “Latch,” but English singer Sam Smith‘s ascension to the top of the U.S. charts was one of the most exciting musical stories of last year. The VH1 You Oughta Know artist’s No. 1 single “Stay With Me” was a defining song of 2014, and he has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and both Song and Record of The Year. He’s built up a huge following thanks to his understated yet powerful songwriting, and his tender, emotional vocals, which can soar from baritone to tenor for dramatic effect. Behind every great musician is usually a great teacher, and while Smith showed promise as a singer at an early age, it was under the tutelage of English jazz vocalist Joanna Eden that he matured into the artist we know today. Read more…

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George Ezra Launches His You Oughta Know Campaign By Making Us All Swoon In 60 Seconds

We gave our newest You Oughta Know artist George Ezra the greatest test of all: the VH1 Stop/Watch Challenge. And he nailed it! We get all we really need in this stripped down version of his song “Budapest.” George Ezra has no need to get fancy with his performance, just a simple guitar and his sultry voice.

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Sam Smith Is Getting Pissed Over The “Male Adele” Label, You Guys

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Following Nicki Minaj‘s smoldering shoot, Sam Smith is the latest megastar to don the cover of Rolling Stone. In this issue, set to hit stands on Friday, Smith liberates every secret he’s been hiding since his fame took off. For one, he’s sick of the Adele comparison (no shade), he sometimes wants abs like Justin Bieber and his first experience with heartache was with a straight guy.

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