Sam Smith says new music coming 'very very very soon': 'The wait is so nearly over'

Get excited, Sam Smith fans!

After a long hiatus, the 25-year-old singer announced on Instagram on Thursday that his highly anticipated new music will be out soon. Smith says he's poured his "heart and soul" into his new record, and admits he's both "scared and excited" for its reception.

"To my beautiful fans, first of all I want to say thank you," he wrote. "Thank you for being so patient and for letting me have the past year to really escape into my mind & write music so freely. I feel so rejuvenated and have so many stories I can't wait to tell you."

"I have missed you all desperately, and a day hasn't gone by when I haven't been looking at all your comments & dreaming of singing with you all again," he continued. "The wait is so nearly over. Something is coming very very very very soon. I am scared and excited at the same time. I've poured my soul and heart into this record. Love you all, and see you in the not so distant future."

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On Tuesday, Smith Instgrammed a pic of himself smiling next to a guitar, writing, "rehearsing."

Rehearsing x

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Smith's debut album, 2015's In the Lonely Hour, was both a huge critical and commercial success, earning four GRAMMYs for the British singer. He also won an Academy Award last year for Best Original Song for "Writing's on the Wall," the theme song for the James Bond film, Spectre.

In October 2015, Smith told ET that he was taking a well-deserved break.

"I am sad, but also it feels right," he told ET backstage at the Hollywood Bowl, where he performed as part of CBS Radio's We Can Survive concert event in honor of breast cancer awareness. "It's my last performance in America, and it feels right to do it in such a beautiful setting."

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Sam Smith attends the #YSLBeautyClub party in collaboration with Sink The Pink at The Curtain on August 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for L'Oreal UK)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Sam Smith attends the #YSLBeautyClub party in collaboration with Sink The Pink at The Curtain on August 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for L'Oreal UK)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 09: Noted television producer Ken Ehrlich (L) and recording artist Sam Smith attend Capitol Music Group's Premiere Of New Music And Projects For Industry And Media at ArcLight Cinemas on August 9, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Capitol Music Group)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Sam Smith is seen on April 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Pressphotodirect/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Sam Smith attends the Lacoste VIP Lounge at ATP World Finals 2016 on November 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/ Getty Images for LACOSTE)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Sam Smith attends a private view of 'Bowie/Collector', the personal art collection of David Bowie, at Sotheby's on November 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Sam Smith attends the launch of the Esquire Townhouse with Dior on October 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: (L to R) Sam Smith, Tinie Tempah and MNEK attend the launch of the Annabel's Smoking Jacket by Casely Hayford at Annabel's on October 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Annabel's)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Tinie Tempah (L) and Sam Smith attend the evian Live Young suite during Wimbledon 2016 at the All England Tennis and Croquet Club on June 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for evian )
INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Singer Sam Smith performs with Disclosure onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2016 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: Sam Smith is seen in Soho on March 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
Jimmy Napes, Sam Smith (best original song) 88th Academy Awards Hollywood, CA February 28, 2016 ??Kurt Krieger (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Sam Smith attends the 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sammy Smith/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Sam Smith arrives at the SAINT LAURENT At The Palladium at Hollywood Palladium on February 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singers/songwriters Jimmy Napes (L) and Sam Smith attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards nominee luncheon on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: In this handout image supplied by Ray-Ban, Sam Smith poses at the Ray-Ban Rooms at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time in Hyde Park on June 21, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ray-Ban via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17: Recording artist Sam Smith accepts the Top Radio Songs Artist award via video onstage during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Singer Sam Smith (via video) performs during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on NBC from The Shrine Auditorium on March 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
MUNICH, GERMANY - MARCH 04: Singer Sam Smith (R) and the CEO of Universal Music Deutschland, Frank Briegmann, pose for a picture after a concert at Zenith on March 4, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images for Universal Music)
British singer-songwriter Sam Smith poses with his British breakthrough act award and his BRITs global success award at the BRIT Awards 2015 in London on February 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION, NO USE IN PUBLICATION DEVOTED TO SINGLE PERFORMER (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Sam Smith attends the Burberry Prorsum AW 2015 arrivals during London Fashion Week at Kensington Gardens on February 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Burberry)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Sam Smith attends the Universal Music Group 2015 Post GRAMMY Party at The Theatre Ace Hotel Downtown LA on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Sam Smith (R) and songwriter James Napier accept the Song of the Year award for 'Stay With Me' onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 15: Sam Smith performs at Madison Square Garden on January 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Sam Smith performs onstage during iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014, hosted by Z100 New York and presented by Goldfish Puffs at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Singer Sam Smith performs at the Red Bull Sound Space at 97.1 AMP Radio on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for AMP Radio)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: Sam Smith performs at The Apollo Theater on June 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Capitol Records)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE/SPECIAL RATES APPLY Sam Smith visits 'The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show' at Z100 Studio on June 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Sam Smith attends The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Musician Sam Smith performs onstage with Disclosure during day 3 of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 14, 2013 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: Sam Smith performs at Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images for Live Nation)
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Smith also said that it was time to step away from performing and focus on gaining new inspiration for his In the Lonely Hour follow-up.

"I've been going now for three years nonstop and it feels right for me to just go home and just live my life and be a 23-year-old," he explained at the time. "My love life, the downs and ups, it never stops, so I'm always inspired by stuff like that, but it'd be good to spend some time dating."

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