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Curt Smith is a British-born musician, singer and songwriter, known mainly as one half of the duo Tears for Fears, the group he co-founded in 1981. Still an active musician more than three decades later, Smith released his third solo album, “Halfway, pleased” via his own KOOK Media imprint in May 2008. In addition to his solo career, Smith has also written music for television and is collaborating on a theatrical musical.

Smith, now a naturalized U.S. citizen, originally hails from Bath, England, where he and Roland Orzabal met when both were teenagers. They first formed a band at school, for which Smith taught himself to play bass guitar, and later formed the band Graduate, which achieved minor fame in continental Europe, and released one album in 1980. After disbanding Graduate, Smith and Orzabal founded Tears for Fears. TFF’s debut album, 1983’s The Hurting, was a UK number one and produced three international hit singles –”Mad World”, “Change”, and “Pale Shelter” – each with lead vocals performed by Smith.

Their second album, 1985’s Songs from the Big Chair was even more successful, yielding hits including “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (sung by Smith), “Shout,” and “Head Over Heels” (which Smith co-wrote). The duo spent the next several years recording their 1989 album The Seeds of Love, which proved to be another international bestseller, but Smith left the band a year after its release and moved to New York.


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  • wildling

    The new album is a treat! Lovely and summery.

    17 Jul 2013 Reply
  • BodyForSoul

    I'm glad that I am not the only one who thinks Kurt is one of the greatest singers ever.his solo stuff is not as great as Tears For Fears but some great songs check out the hard rock album Mayfield he recorded in NY great album also Soul On Board Calling Out classic song check out all Curt's albums you won' be sorry huge influence on me vocally he is a great person also!

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • karinalongo

    He is both an amazing artist and an amazing person <3

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
  • The80sFan

    Got all of the Curt Smith (not in Mayfield just solo) CDs and I think they are pretty good. Are they as good as Tears For Fears, not a chance, but they are still better than 95% of what you hear from these 'newer' artists out there! Great vocalist!!!

    20 May 2010 Reply
  • BenMech

    any Mayfield fans here?

    3 Jun 2009 Reply
  • marcootavio

    I love this man! Since years ago...

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Dadal1er

    Soul On Board is so cheesy. Curt NEEDS Roland.

    5 May 2008 Reply

    is there anyone that has the Everybody Wants To Rule the World acoustic version?

    13 Dec 2007 Reply
  • therabidwombat

    Why aren't Tears for Fears in the similar artists?

    21 Sep 2007 Reply
  • amthanna

    Curt's new album, Halfway, Pleased is simply fantastic! Do whatever you must to get this album!

    13 Aug 2007 Reply

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