Time Warner Cable Arena
July 18, 2015
July 18 was a big night for Sam Smith and for Charlottean fans of the British singer-songwriter: it was the singer’s first official show back, after a break to receive vocal surgery for a small hemorrhage on his vocal cords, and nobody knew what to expect. Taking center stage as the curtain fell, he opened his mouth, and within two notes of his hit "Life Support," Smith managed to effectively obliterate any lingering doubts that he might not be up to performing at his fullest.
Smith has blown up very quickly in the last year: his debut album In the Lonely Hour
was 2014’s third biggest-selling album, he earned six Grammy nominations, and lead single "Stay With Me" became a revolving favorite on national pop radio stations around the world. But despite all of this commercial success, the 23-year-old singer still gives off a general air of surprise as he stood on stage, gazing around Time Warner Cable with a huge smile on his face.
“The first thing I said when I walked into this room today was ‘I can’t believe how big this place is,” he said, in awe of the packed stadium. “And I can’t believe anyone, even one person showed up, much less that all of you know who I am!”