Sam L. Smith - 'The Way You Make Me Feel'
By Matt Wong & Staff
“The Way You Make Me Feel” begins with a call and response hook as the guitar and pedal steel trade licks while being supported by a driving country groove from the bass and drums, and acoustic guitar. Smith’s deep and soulful vocals join in on the first verse as the arrangement, while pulling back in size, zeroes in on his mesmerizing voice.
As Smith sings, the guitar weaves in and out in between phrases to throw some spice on the song with some tasty fills. The pedal steel rejoins on the pre-chorus, and paves the way for the song to make its way towards the chorus. The song’s chorus is impactful through effective arranging, which now includes subtle, yet captivating vocals.
Listeners are treated to soothing fiddle lines throughout the second verse, which help develop the song’s musical story. Following another chorus, the song goes into its bridge, which uses a fresh set of harmonies to move the song into a different, yet still cohesive direction. The song ends with one final chorus and a tag.
The lyrics in “The Way You Make Me Feel” tell a love story. The song’s title lyric, “Honey, I love the way you make me feel” is a simple and highly memorable and moving lyric. The rest of the song’s lyrics are full of imagery that helps listeners connect with the emotions and story being told through song and music.
“The Way You Make Me Feel” by Sam L. Smith is a well written song, featuring an outstanding performance by a Country singer who has soul to spare. As listeners listen to the song, they will be pulled in by Smith’s warm and welcoming vocals. With an interesting arrangement full of momentum, there is never a dull moment in the song. From beginning to end, listeners are in for a treat.
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About Sam L. Smith
While Nashville is filled with country singers with down-home cred, few can say they are a real singing cowboy, as from times past. Sam L. Smith, an 18-year-old Country and Christian Country Recording Artist based in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky brings that true-country essence to the music scene, as he releases his debut single, “The Way You Make Feel” in May of 2020. A wonder song that has already made a major splash on the independent country music charts.
Sam says his interest in singing all began when he missed a school bus ride on one of his first few days of 7th grade, and the assistant principal, hearing Sam’s rich talking voice, called the school’s choir teacher to get him an audition. Keying in on Sam’s natural singing talent, his new choir teacher gave Sam one of his first solo opportunities, singing Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” at the choir’s annual Christmas concert.
At only 19 years of age, Sam’s vocals, stage presence and personality are those of a seasoned performer. His devout and country lifestyle resonates in each line of his vocals. Any performance by Sam L. Smith will leave you wanting more from this fine young man. Sam has been named the 2017 National Barrel Horse Association Idol Winner, 2020 Kentucky Future Farmers of America Association Talent Winner, 2020 Kentucky FBLA Talent Winner, and in the Top 3 of the National Future Farmers of America Talent Winner.