Say hello to VH1’sJune You Oughta Know artist, Sam Smith! At just 22 years old, the English crooner has already performed on Saturday Night Live and hit the Coachella stage, and now he’s prepared to make a big splash in the United States with his debut album, In the Lonely Hour.
Sam’s made no secret of his love for female singers, dropping names like Chaka Khan in interviews and littering his social media updates with Beyoncé references. And as any frequent visitor to his Instagram page knows, he never passes up a chance to pose with one of his personal idols. While we wait for his full album to hit Stateside, Sam is treating us to an updated version of current single, “Stay With Me,” featuring Mary J. Blige. Yes, Mary J. Blige! His debut album isn’t even out yet and he’s already crossing “record with a legend” off of his bucket list? It’s damn good to be Sam Smith these days. “#Repost from @samsmith world this was really fun and @Samsmith is such a great talent and voice. Can’t wait to start our sessions together this summer. Get ready Fam for some real new creativity. Good luck on the 17th @samsmithworld with the release of the Album. Thank you for letting me be a part of such a beautiful song!!” Blige wrote on Instagram.
Together the two deliver an even more vulnerable version of the song that processes all the mixed up emotions stemming from a one night stand. Check out the video above, and be sure to stay tuned for more on the 22-year-old phenom in the days to come; we’re just getting started.