Sam Smith ‘GLORIA’ release date: Singer explains upcoming album’s inspiration

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Sam Smith attends the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Surprise! Sam Smith’s new album is set to be released in a few months, and many fans have been wondering what it will sound like. According to the announcement, the singer’s new project will differ from what they have previously released.

The British singer shared the official album cover of their fourth studio album, “GLORIA,” and the official release date of January 27, 2023, on their official Instagram account.

An emotional Smith, who identifies as non-binary and uses “they/them” pronouns, revealed in the caption that he is overjoyed to release the record for his fans because the process has been magical.

They added:

“I am giving you part of my heart and soul. Gloria got me through some dark times and was a beacon for me in my life.”

The upcoming album is now available for pre-order on Apple Music, Spotify, and other major music streaming services. On their official website, fans could also pre-order physical copies and limited-edition vinyl of “GLORIA.”

According to a Capitol Records press release, the album recorded in Jamaica, London, and Los Angeles would be “emotional, sexual, and spiritual liberation.”

Smith sang freely throughout the album, making it feel like their first record. In addition to being a personal project, the album would allow the singer to explore their creative outlet as a well-known artist.

The songs would cover many subjects, including sex, imperfection, passion, self-expression, contemporary narratives, and many others.

This was not the first time Smith had mentioned their new album; they previously discussed it in an interview, saying the next project would be their first “non-heartbreak” record, despite their popularity for sad hit songs such as “Lay Me Down,” “I’m Not The Only One,” “Stay With Me,” and many more.

Regarding collaborations, the Academy Award-winning singer previously released a single titled “Unholy” with Kim Petras, which is regarded as one of the biggest hits of 2022 due to its popularity on social media, particularly TikTok.

It continues to top charts and has more than 300 million combined streams worldwide.