Before 24-year-old British crooner Sam Smith was the Grammy-winning music star he is today, he was a young fledgling musician in London.
His smash hit 2014 album In The Lonely Hour has been certified 4 times platinum in Australia alone but we now know that as a teenager Sam signed with a independent label in London called Flipbook.
The label has announced they’re releasing the singer’s first ever album, recorded in 2008 and titled “Diva Boy”.
As the label proudly boasts online: “Yes, Sam was in development and trained for success over three years with Flipbook Music, a London based Indie Label.
“It was at Flipbook Music that Sam’s dreams were nurtured, his, then undiscovered, talents uncovered and developed and it was there he learned his art,” they wrote.
“It’s also where he experienced all his ‘firsts’, including recording his first album, his first live and video performances and first interviews and, later on, his interviews as an informed person when he shares his views on life, love, sexuality and more.”
The label also said Sam’s journey “was recorded every step of the way” and they’ve got plans to use the footage in a documentary titled “Sam Smith: The Lost Years.”
Sam is currently “on a break” from social media and hasn’t responded to the announcement, and his reps told the BBC they couldn’t comment.
A lead single from the album “Momentarily Mine” has been uploaded to YouTube, the video of which features throwback footage of a young, pre-fame Sam Smith being interviewed performing in his early days: