These singers like Sam Smith are to die for
Sam Smith is, without a doubt, one of the biggest names in pop-soul music today.
Since rising to prominence as the featured artist on Disclosure’s hit song ‘Latch’, Smith has released three studio albums and collaborated with Demi Lovato, John Legend, and Calvin Harris on chart-topping hits like this one:
With their signature high tenor and soul-infused sound, it comes as no surprise that Smith has earned millions of fans around the world, as well as four Grammys, three Billboard Music Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award.
If you’ve already got Sam Smith on repeat and are searching for similar singers to jam out to, these artists won’t disappoint. Check out the videos below, or listen on the go with our Spotify playlist.
With his impressive vocal range and smooth, soulful style, Duncan Laurence’s music is perfect for any Sam Smith fan. Hailing from the Netherlands, Laurence quickly gained fame in his home country as a contestant on The Voice of Holland in 2015. He then captured the world’s hearts when he won Eurovision 2019 with the song Arcade — plus, he gave the Netherlands their first trophy in over four decades.
Despite his Eurovision fame, Laurence only released his debut EP, Worlds on Fire, in May 2020. However, with his slew of fans around the world and a record deal with Capitol, one thing’s for sure: It’s only the beginning for this 26-year-old artist.
An inspiration for indie artists everywhere, Maisie Peters started her music career posting original songs on YouTube before being signed by Atlantic Records in 2018. Since then, she’s gone from strength to strength: Her most-streamed song has amassed over 77 million listens on Spotify, and her song Smile was featured in the superheroine chick flick Birds of Prey.
Peters dubs her genre as ‘emo girl pop’, and it’s not hard to see why. With Taylor Swift and Birdy as early influences, her music combines folk-pop with stripped-down acoustic ballads — and it’s the latter that earns her a spot on this list of singers like Sam Smith.
Riley Knapp and Casey Barth are RKCB, an American duo who found growing success through streaming platforms. Over the years, RKCB’s soulful music has racked up millions of listens on Soundcloud and Spotify, and the boys have been featured on some of Spotify’s most popular playlists including ‘Indie Pop’, ‘New Music Friday’, and ‘Alternative R&B’.
The duo brings a philosophical approach to music inspired by author Alan Watts—using their craft as an avenue to explore universal themes of love, consciousness, life, and death. RKCB have released a number of singles and EPs over the years but have yet to put out a studio album.
An American musician from Minnesota, Cobi initially found success as part of the indie-pop band Gentlemen Hall. However, he broke away from the group to pursue a solo career, and released his debut single Don’t You Cry For Me in 2016.
Cobi’s music has been compared to the likes of Hozier and Sam Smith, and for good reason. Many of his songs have a haunting, soulful sound and feature gospel-backed vocals — not unlike Smith’s I’m Not the Only One or Stay with Me.
Wilder Woods is the stage name of American musician Bear Rinehart. Originally a founding member and the lead singer of Grammy-Award-nominated rock band Needtobreathe, Rinehart stepped away from the band to pursue a solo career in 2019.
Wilder Woods’ first self-titled album brings together classic soul, R&B, and alt-pop. With stop-you-in-your-tracks vocals and his eclectic sound, Woods’ music is equal parts introspective, carefree, weathered, and hopeful.
SLO, also known as Jess Mills, is a singer-songwriter and musician from London, UK. After rising to popularity in 2011 as the featured artist in Breakage’s hit song Fighting Fire, Mills dropped off the radar due to poor promotion from her label at the time. She returned to the music scene in 2015 under the moniker SLO and has since released multiple singles, as well as her debut studio album Solace.
With a style that blends classic songwriting with downtempo electronic production, SLO’s trip-hop sound is perfect for any listener looking for artists that sound like Sam Smith.
Unlike most other artists on this list, Ben Platt got his start in acting and musical theater. Platt has starred on Broadway in stage productions of The Music Man, The Book of Mormon, and Dear Evan Hansen—and he even won a Tony Award for the latter. He’s also appeared in multiple movies (including Pitch Perfect) and now stars in hit Netflix comedy The Politician.
In between appearing on stage and on screen, Platt found time to release his debut studio album, Sing to Me Instead, in 2017. Like his career, Platt’s music is eclectic: He explores a range of influences, from singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Carole King to legendary crooners like Ray Charles and Donny Hathaway.
Billy Raffoul is a singer-songwriter from Leamington—a small town in Ontario, Canada. As the son of country artist and hometown hero Jody Raffoul, it’s no surprise that Billy’s music is heavily influenced by his father, as well as the farming community he grew up in.
Although Raffoul has been playing local gigs for years, it’s his debut single, Driver, that put him on the map. With an alternative indie sound that’s been compared to Jeff Buckley and Neil Young, Raffoul has quickly garnered a loyal cult following in his hometown and beyond. While his music is more country-rock than soul, his genuine ‘lived-in’ music deserves a listen from any Sam Smith fan.
Like Sam Smith, Laurel also hails from the United Kingdom. This self-made indie-pop artist has received critical acclaim from bloggers and indie radio stations alike for writing, producing, and recording all her music from her DIY studio in London.
Laurel released her first EP, To The Hills, in 2014 through her own record label, Next Time Records. She’s since released two other EPs and countless singles, as well as a studio album with music label Counter Records.
Born in Guyana, a small country on the northern coast of South America, Juke Ross started writing songs while studying at med school. However, after his breezy song Colour Me began to pick up steam on streaming platforms, Ross decided to go all in and pursue a career in his passion: music. He signed with Republic Records, relocated to New York, and released his debut EP GREY in 2017. This move has paid off over the years: Ross has released a number of singles, and recently debuted his first studio album Chapter 2. Similar to Smith, Ross has a haunting acoustic ballad style—a sound that has earned him millions of listens on Spotify.
That’s our roundup of singers like Sam Smith. Did we miss any of your favorite artists? If so, leave them in the comments and we’ll update this article with new singers soon!