‘Non-binary’ singer Sam Smith claims the music industry ‘isn’t used to queer artists’
Written by patriciavallard on January 28, 2023
British singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who identifies as non-binary, claimed the music industry is “just not used to queer artists” in an interview with CBS Mornings.
Smith’s latest album, “Gloria,” was released on Friday and is a departure from the artist’s quintessential ballads and heartfelt love songs. In Smith’s new album, they opt for an edgier sound which the artist said they “fought so hard for.”
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“I felt this pressure, that I put on myself mostly, to do that every time and I was like ‘Okay, this is my ’brand’ you know, I am ‘this’ and then the arts started to suffer because of that,” Smith said on CBS.
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“Gloria” features singles like the smash hit, “Unholy,” which earned him Smith their first number one single in the U.S.
Smith said there was “lots of fear” around the release of “Gloria.”
“I think that you can’t blame people for thinking something’s not beautiful sometimes. Some people just didn’t like it, but it was a case where I had to sit there and be like, ‘Wait, maybe you don’t like that because you don’t understand it.'”
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“The music industry is just not used to queer artists,” Smith added.
Smith said the biggest risk on the album was “the element of sex.”
“I’ve always been very sexual and very open and loved dancing and moving my body and singing and making songs that allow my body to move in the way that it does in front of people is just so exciting,” Smith said.
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