Sam Smith Apologizes For Canceling U.K. Fest Set Over Vocal Issues

Sam Smith at Bonnaroo 2014
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Sam Smith performs during the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13, 2014 in Manchester, Tennessee. 

"This is the first show I've ever had to cancel and I am praying that it is the last," writes the "Stay With Me" singer.

An extremely busy schedule surrounding the release of Sam Smith's debut album "In the Lonely Hour" apparently caught up with the breakout British singer. On Saturday, June 21, Smith was forced to cancel a performance at London's Capital Summertime Ball due to vocal issues.

That morning, Smith took to Facebook to issue a formal apology to his fans. Smith says:

Dear Capital FM & everyone attending the Capital Summertime Ball,

More Sam Smith:

I am so so sad to say I won't be performing today. I've just got off the plane and my voice has completely gone.

This is the first show I've ever had to cancel and I am praying that it is the last. I really have to avoid any long term damage to my voice.

Once again, I am so sorry.

All my love x

Smith's "In the Lonely Hour" dropped June 17 in the United States and features the single "Stay With Me," which currently sits at No. 10 on the Hot 100. To promote the album in America, Smith made a number of appearances last week, including a Google Hangout with Billboard and an exceptional set at Bonnaroo.

The soul singer's next performance is scheduled for June 26 in Norrköping, Sweden. He has a handful of European dates planned over the next several months, before beginning a North American tour in mid-September.

Held in London's Wembley Stadium, the Summertime Ball featured sets from Pharrell Williams, David Guetta, Ellie Goulding and others.


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