How Sam Smith Helped Meghan Trainor Through Her Vocal Surgery 'Crisis'

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Meghan Trainor poses in the press room at the The 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, Calif.

The "All About That Bass" singer recalls asking Smith for advice.

Last year was a tough one for Meghan Trainor. After her vocal cords hemorrhaged multiple times, she underwent surgery that she said put her into a state of "crisis." 

"I felt like I was going through... you know how they have midlife crises? I felt like I was going through a crisis," Trainor told iHeartRadio's Most Requested Live over the weekend. "I was sad, I had to get rid of my pet cats at the same time, because my doctor was like, 'You're allergic and I'm not giving you the surgery unless you get rid of them.' ... But I lost my cats, I lost everything. I was on top of the world with 'All About That Bass' and then I was at the bottom."

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Trainor went on, saying she would write in her journal, "Is this real life? Is this actually happening? When am I going to wake up from the nightmare?"

Trainor said she turned to Sam Smith -- who, like Adele as well, has had a similar surgery -- for guidance through the experience. He was the one who encouraged her to get the surgery after she had been forced to cancel several tour dates, saying she would be better off for it. 

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"I was sitting in bed," she said, "I was having the phone calls with my management and agency, like, 'Are we going to cancel this tour right now? Is this even possible, should we do it? What does the doctor want?' And I texted Sam and I was like, 'Should I get this done and fix this now and just get it over with?' And he said, 'I promise you, you will sing better than ever and be much happier if you get the surgery.'"

Smith's guidance turned out to be right, and following the procedure -- as well as two weeks of total vocal rest and another two weeks of minimal talking -- as Trainor points out, her voice sounds better than ever. 

"Once my voice came back from the surgery, it was stronger than ever," she said. And that was perfect timing because I started this album. People say, 'Your voice has changed so much from the first album, like the strength you can hear, you're grown up.'"

Listen to the conversation here: