Sam Smith Performs A Sublime Stripped Back Version Of “Stay With Me” For VEVO Lift: Watch

Mike Wass | May 8, 2014 1:54 pm

Sam Smith recently performed a stripped-back version of gospel-tinged ballad “Stay With Me” for VEVO Lift — the company’s artist development program — and it will give you chills. The rising star showcases the full extent of his powerful pipes and the lovely arrangement suits the song’s raw theme and emotional lyrics.

The Brit’s debut LP In The Lonely Hour drops May 26 in the UK and June 17 in the US. Given the incredible response to singles “Stay With Me” and “Money On My Mind” (as well as high-profile features on hits by Naughty Boy and Disclosure), expectations for Sam’s album are through the roof. Watch the crooner prove that the hype is absolutely warranted up top.

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