The “Best New Artist” Grammy-winner and “Best Original Song” Oscar-winner teamed up for a new version of Smith’s In The Lonely Hour track, “Lay Me Down” for Red Nose Day 2015. Serving as the official song of UK-based charity Comic Relief’s upcoming bi-annual event, proceeds benefits the organization’s efforts at its homebase, and in Africa.
“‘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.”
Smith and Legend are slated to perform their version of “Lay Me Down” live at London’s Palladium for Comic Relief’s “Face the Funny” special on Mar. 13.
“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,” Legend said.
Watch the video for Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down” featuring John Legend above.