1. Sam Smith
You may not know his face, but you definitely know his voice
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You may not yet be familiar with his face but chances are that if you turned on the radio in 2013, you’ll have heard Sam Smith’s voice.
Nobody knows who I am, but most of the people in this country have heard me singSam Smith
The 21-year-old gave dance duo Disclosure their first chart hit, on the sinewy Latch; while La La La, his hook-up with Naughty Boy, landed at number one this summer.
Along the way, the Cambridgeshire export has been releasing a series of well-judged solo songs online – showcasing his extraordinary voice, which he honed singing along to Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston in his family’s car.