Sam Smith

Dear Sailors,

I hope this letter finds you safe and healthy, wherever you are in the world. I wanted to start a line of communication that’s directly to you and only you: my fans. So I thought, why don’t I start writing these letters to you at the end of every season?

I’m writing from California where I’ve been busy writing and working on new music for a few weeks. It’s the first time I’ve been outside of the UK since the beginning of 2020, and while it feels strange and I am, of course missing Velma, my family and friends so much, it feels massively exciting to be creating something new again. I can’t wait for you to hear the magic that’s happening.

So here we are… the end of summer 2021. It feels like a life time has gone by since I’ve seen you and I really want you to know I miss you all desperately. Sharing music and performing was my entire life for 8 Years since the release of Latch and, over the past 18 months, I honestly didn’t know who I was without you. I am sure you can all relate to that feeling of ‘what the fuck’ that we’ve all experienced in recent times.

The one thing I can say about it is that through this, we have all GROWN. No matter what has happened, we are all two years older, wiser and more experienced in this weird and wonderful thing called life. I’ve ceased trying to gain control of the things that we just can’t. It’s fucking scary but humbling that no matter how much we go through our routines, life is still going to do whatever the hell it wants. And our only real job in this is to survive, to help others survive too and to try keep smiling while we do it.

Through everything, music is and always will be my safe space, my first love. I know it’s yours, too. In these times of extremes, I’ve found myself listening to Aretha’s rendition of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ for comfort and then to Chloe’s ‘Have Mercy’, for pure joy. I love old Judy Garland records and earlier this year discovered every RuPaul song that ever existed, which has completely changed my life for the better.

Music is my healer and guide, my redemption and passion. Not having live shows to go to these past few years has reminded me how incredibly lucky I am to do what I do. To be able to make music and share it with you is the greatest honour of my life. I am making that music right now and you are in my heart every day I do it. I’m learning for the first time ever to TAKE MY TIME and that new approach is SO exciting. ‘Love Goes’ was a time of change in my life, both personally and professionally. I want this next album to celebrate where I ended up after Love Goes. I want it to celebrate my strength and will forever be grateful for your patience and support.

At every turn you have been there for me. It means everything to me. I promise I will always be there for you. We are little sailors till the end, forevermore.

Happy end of summer my friends. I hope you managed to get some sun. And if you didn’t, the sun will just have to reach you. And it will. It always does.

Love you eternally, Sam xx