Sam Smith can make a lot of people emotional with his soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics. But it turns out he experiences the same powerful effect when he listens to other people’s music.

Smith shared a post on Instagram earlier this morning that showed fans just how much of an impact music can have on him. The singer posted a somber black and white photo of himself with his hand covering his face. In the caption, Smith explained, “Maria herself has just sent me her new album @mariamena_official !! I am a crying mess. This shit is my therapy & my soul. Eurgh. I idolise this shit so much [sic],” adding that the first track is his favorite.

Smith is referring to the new album by Maria Mena, a Norwegian singer who’s recently been making waves in the international music scene.


Sam Smith Instagram Photo

Photo: Instagram/ Sam Smith

In fact, this isn’t the first time Sam Smith has proclaimed his admiration for Mena. Last week, he shared another photo on Instagram, this time of Mena, and wrote in the caption that she’s his “favorite writer and artist ever.” He also added that he’s never felt more inspired or moved before and described her as “the TRUTH.” He ended his caption with, “I can’t wait to properly meet you and thank you one day, for helping me through.”

Smith will have a lot more time to catch up on other artists’ music, since he recently revealed that he’ll be taking some time off from making his own. “All my music is so personal, I need to step away a little bit,” he admitted to late night host Jimmy Fallon. He says his plan is to find fresh inspiration so that he can come back and write even better songs.

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