Sam Smith found inspiration for new music in Iraq

Sam Smith performs at Qantas Credit Union Arena on December 4, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

Singer Sam Smith says his song-writing has been inspired by Iraq where he spent 5 days to learn more about people and the way they live. Mosul, thew city he had been to, has faced intense warfare in the past 18 months, with 40,000 feared dead as Islamic State and Iraqi Government battled for control of the city. It was only on 9 July 2017 that the Iraqi Prime Minister arrived in Mosul to announce victory over IS. Sam did not focus on it writing songs about love, but now he sees how wrong he was.
“So I wanted to write about how I’m now starting to open my eyes, at 25, to what is going on in the rest of the world, and that it’s not always pretty,” Sam tells Billboard. Yes, it is important to understand that the world is not so pretty, it is sick, it needs healing. Maybe songs will make people think about it and make the world a better place to live. But still, Sam, don’t quit writing love songs, you are so good at it!


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