Monday, 9 March 2015

Sam Smith and John Legend Rerecord "Lay Me Down" for Comic Relief

If Sam Smith's "Lay Me Down" didn't already have you feeling so many feelings, this version will absolutely have you bowing down to the British crooner.

He and Oscar winner John Legend rerecorded Sam's In the Lonely Hour single for the upcoming Comic Relief special. The track, which will serve as the official single for Red Nose Day, a British charity where residents wear clown noses to help raise awareness and funds for Comic Relief.

The video released with the updated version shows images of the musicians working in the studio juxtaposed with footage of children from one of the African communities the Comic Relief program benefits. Both artists will perform the ballad together for the first and only time on Comic Relief - Face the Funny on Friday, March 13, on BBC One.
Both Grammy winners are foregoing receiving any royalties from the song and will instead donate all profits to Comic Relief.

"'Lay Me Down' holds a very special place in my heart. Not only did I perform it at the Brits, I'm now going to perform it live on the Red Nose Day show with the extremely talented John Legend, which is so exciting," Smith said in a statement. "I recently visited a Comic Relief funded project in my hometown, which supports the young LGBT community in London. I'm extremely proud that my single will help raise money for projects like this and many others in the U.K. and across Africa."

Legend added, "Sam is such a talented artist. We've been looking forward to working together for a while now. I'm so glad we could collaborate on such a great song and for such a great cause."

The track is available for purchase here.

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