Sam Smith will undergo vocal cord surgery following a recent hemorrhage on tour in Australia last month.
“I am very upset to announce I have been battling to get my vocal cords better the last 10 days,” the singer wrote in a Facebook post. “But unfortunately they haven’t recovered and I am going to need surgery. I’m so gutted to be missing all the shows and events I was meant to be playing at.”
The vocal cord hemorrhage occurred during a show in Sydney, Australia on April 28th. In an Instagram post, Smith revealed that had been feeling “vocally exhausted for a while.” He cancelled the remainder of his Australian tour dates.
Smith has cancelled all May and June tour dates due to the surgery and necessary vocal rest, including appearances at Hangout Music Festival and Rock in Rio USA. He noted that recovery could take up to eight weeks and plans on resuming his tour on July 5th at France’s Mainsquare Festival. Smith is still scheduled to appear at this summer’s Lollapalooza in Chicago.
The singer has been touring extensively around his 2014 debut album In the Lonely Hour. The album helped the newcomer win big at this year’s Grammy Awards, earning him Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year statues. The latter two were for his single “Stay With Me.”
Smith is only the latest pop vocalist to deal with vocal cord hemorrhages. In 2011, Adele underwent laser microsurgery to repair her vocal cords following the continuous rupturing of blood vessels. Bjork and Keith Urban also underwent similar surgeries during the same time period.