Robert J. Smith is an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and musician. Likewise, he is the lead singer of the rock band, The Cure.
Table of Biography
Robert J. Smith whose full name is Robert James Smith was born on 21st April 1959 and is currently 62 years old. His zodiac sign is Taurus. He was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom. He holds British citizenship. Talking about his ethnicity and religion, Smith belongs to mixed ethnicity (English and Irish). Smith was raised as a Catholic but later became an atheist.
About his family members and siblings, he has a musical background as his father used to sing and his mother played piano. Robert is the third of the four children of James Alexander Smith and Rita Smith. Similarly, the singer has two sisters and one brother, namely Margaret, Janet, and Richard.
After three, his family moved to Horley, Surrey, and attended St. Francis Primary School. He completed his middle school at Notre Dame Middle School. During his middle school, he with his schoolmates gave their first one-off performance as The Obelisk. Smith is a multi-instrumentalist who can play, drums, double bass, violin, trumpet, piano, six, and four strings bass guitars, and six and twelve-string guitars. Later, in 1972, he attended St. Wilfrids Comprehensive School. Smith completed his education by 1977.
Career and Professional life
Robert formed his first band when he was 14, including his brother Richard, younger sister Janet and friends. The band’s name was Crawley Goat Band. Their middle school band, The Obelisk, later became the rock band The Cure. The band members were Robert Smith in piano, Michael Dempsey on guitar, Laurence Tolhurst on percussion., Alan Hill on bass guitar, and Marc Ceccagno on lead guitar. The members called themselves malice.
Likewise, the band rehearsed Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Alex Harvey songs in the local church hall. By April 1976, three members had left. The band changed its name to Easy Cure and new members Martin Creasy (vocals), Tolhurst (drums), and Pearl Thompson (guitar) joined the band. Next year in January 1977, Martin Creasy left. In 1978, it renamed the band, The Cure.
In 1979, they released their debut album Three Imaginary Boys, along with other singles like Killing an Arab, and 10:15 Saturday Night. Smith and Steve Severin of Siouxsie and the Banshees went on a UK tour to promote their second album Join Hands. During 1980, Michael Dempsey left and Matthieu Hartly (keyboard) and Simon Gallup (bass) joined the band.
Likewise, they released their third album Faith and Seventeen Seconds with their single-A Forest which became a hit. Robert had to shoulder the entire recording process of the band from July 1982 to February 1985. Their fourth album was Pornography which was released in 1982. In 1984, he released a solo album The top. Robert played all the instruments except the drums.
Similarly, in 1989 the band released the album Disintegration which was featured at No.3 in the UK music countdown and No.12 in the US music countdown with three of its songs featuring in the Top 30 list in the UK and Germany. Moreover, in 1991 the band won their first Brit Award. Their ninth album Wish which was released in 1992 became a hit peaking at the No.1 position on all top UK music charts and No.2 on US music charts.
More on Career
From 2000 to 2008, he recorded new albums with The cure, which are Bloodflowers, The Cure, and 4:13 Dream. Robert is the only member who is a continuous member of The Cure. He became a lead singer as the original singer left the band. Moreover, in 2005, Robert won Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement in recognition of his songwriting and composition skills.
Later, from 2010 to 2012, he performed solo and collaborated with other artists working on solo covers like Frank Sinatra’s Witchcraft and Very Good Advice from Alice in Wonderland. In July 2013, Smith was voted as the Sexiest Singer Alive by Glamour magazine. The Twilight Sad released a single featuring Robert covering There’s a Girl in the Corner in June 2015. Moreover, in 2019, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Cure.
Regarding his net worth and earnings, Robert is a singer, musician, guitarist, songwriter, record producer, and keyboard player. Likewise, this multitalented person has earned quite an impressive amount from his career. Smith has an estimated net worth of around $25 million.
Regarding his relationship status, Robert is straight and in a marital relationship with Mary Theresa Poole. They were schoolmates at the St. Wilfrid’s Comprehensive School. They were together since then and tied the knot in 1988. However, the couple decided not to have children.
Body Measurement and Social Media
Robert stands 5 feet 10 inches (70 inches) tall and weighs 80 kg (176lbs). However, there is no information about his other body measurements like vital stats, biceps size, and shoe size. He is known for the heavy makeup, unkempt black hair, black eyeliner, and red lipstick. Likewise, he has a green pair of eyes.
Reflecting upon his social media presence, Smith is not active in any social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.