How Sam Smith’s mother sacrificed her £200,000-a-year City job to make her son a Grammy superstar

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He was just a baby-faced eight-year-old when he first burst into song on the back seat of his parents’ car as they drove him to primary school, mimicking Whitney Houston singing My Love Is Your Love.

Stunned by the sultry soulful sound that came from their son, Fred and Kate Smith were certain he had something special.

Before long they had found him a singing teacher, encouraged his love of music and, perhaps most importantly, didn’t laugh when he told them that, one day, he wanted to be famous.

That day arrived at a star-studded ceremony on Sunday in Los Angeles when Sam Smith scooped not one but four Grammy awards – best new artist, record of the year, song of the year and best pop vocal album. Read more

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