Sam Smith, John Legend Team Up For Comic Relief On 'Lay Me Down'
March 9, 2015 at 5:03 AM (PT)
SAM SMITH and JOHN LEGEND have teamed up to support the charity COMIC RELIEF with a brand-new recording of SMITH's "Lay Me Down." The song - designated as the official RED NOSE DAY single by the organization, which works to change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the U.K. and AFRICA -- is available now at all digital retailers.
The pair's video premiered today on VEVO, giving a behind-the-scenes look at their recording session, which took place at the CAPITOL STUDIOS in L.A. earlier this year. SMITH and LEGEND will perform the ballad together for the first and only time on FRIDAY, MARCH 13th, on COMIC RELIEF -- FACE THE FUNNY, broadcast live from the PALLADIUM in LONDON on BBC ONE.
"'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 with the extremely talented JOHN LEGEND, which is so exciting," said SMITH. "I recently visited a COMIC RELIEF-funded project in my home town, 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."
UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP will donate 100% of its profits from the sale of the single to COMIC RELIEF, with SMITH and LEGEND forgoing any royalties due to them in connection with this charity single.
RED NOSE DAY comes along every two years and combines having a laugh and helping others. People across the U.K. put on red noses and pull out all the stops to raise as much money as possible. Then, they tune into BBC ONE for top entertainment from their favorite comedians and to donate even more cash to COMIC RELIEF
The original version of "Lay Me Down" is SMITH's current single from his acclaimed GRAMMY-winning CAPITOL RECORDS album, "In The Lonely Hour." which has sold more than five million units worldwide. He will kick off a North American arena/theatre tour in July.