Sam Smith sees specialist for voice, cancels more shows

Singer Sam Smith arrives at the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 23, 2014.

LOS ANGELES - Young singing sensation Sam Smith on Tuesday saw a US specialist for vocal cord problems after he cancelled more dates following an intense touring schedule.

The 22-year-old British singer, who was the big winner at the latest Grammy Awards, called off shows scheduled Thursday and Friday in Tokyo and Sunday in Manila.

Smith earlier cut short a tour of Australia after doctors noticed a hemorrhage on his vocal cords following a concert in Sydney.

"Very upset about Japan and Manila dates," Smith wrote on Instagram, calling the situation "horrid."

Smith flew from Australia to Los Angeles "to see a specialist to see what to do."

Smith, who until a few years ago was a bartender in London, quickly amassed a global following with his song "Stay With Me," a soulful ballad about a one-night stand.