had an incredible 2014 and is set to have an insanely successful 2015. Multiple Grammy nominations, sold out shows at Madison Square Garden, and a new boyfriend are sure to keep the 22-year-old English singer-songwriter busy and in the media spotlight.
Had he not had a break out year with his single "Stay With Me," we're not sure where he'd be right now, but according to Smith, it certainly wouldn't be on the X Factor
stage. When The Mirror
caught up with Smith, he shared his thoughts on singing competition shows and why he never had the desire to audition.
"It was a very conscious decision for me not to audition. It is for people, and it isnt for people," he shared. "I feel that X Factor is perfect for singers who sing, and thats all they want to do. They don't care what they sing, they just love singing. You could sing on a cruise ship or release a cover album, that's what it's for. Because when you think about it, every week, that's what you do. You're singing other peoples songs. People are judging you on other people's music."
However, Smith says if an artist is looking for a deeper connection with the public by sharing their original songs, the X Factor platform should be avoided.
"I always say to people: 'If you're a singer, go for it. It's an amazing platform," he said. "But if you're not, and you're a songwriter, I think it's actually quite damaging for you to go on there. You're singing other people's music, so then when you release your own stuff, people might not like it."
Sage advice we think a lot aspiring musicians should listen to.