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    Sam Smith

    From: Bishops Stortford, UK

    From the opening strains of "Lay Me Down," it is evident that Sam Smith's voice is an instrument of little parallel in the current landscape. Having played a key roll in brotherly duo Disclosure's breakthrough song, "Latch," and amassed a collection of soaring ballads and his own dance-tinged concoctions, Smith has shown a versatility waiting to be honed into one true hit. A major label deal (through Capitol Records) and a BRIT Critics Choice Award have Smith in prime position for a full-on breakthrough in 2014.