Remembering Mary J. Blige performing 'Stay With Me' with Sam Smith at The Apollo Theater
Singer and songwriter Sam Smith, who rose to fame in late 2012, has not been in the industry for that long but has shared the stage with notable musicians, including Mary J. Blige.
One of the first time they did so was at the Apollo Theater in New York when they sang one of his hits together, “Stay With Me.” The collaboration was so good that they released a studio version, choosing the concert at the Apollo Theater as that version’s official video.
The clip showed Smith with his band on the stage wearing black shoes, matching pants, and a white coat that gave his outfit the perfect contrast. He told the audience that it was his last song, so he needed them to join him and to be loud.
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Oh, won't you stay with me?
'Cause you're all I need
This ain't love, it's clear to see
But, darling, stay with me
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SINGING WITH THE CROWD
Later, he started singing “Stay With Me” in a very emotional way, reaching those high-pitched notes that made him famous. For the chorus, everybody in the crowd joined him, making it even more beautiful.
Right before finishing the chorus, Blige started to walk onto the stage slowly, what made several people cheer even louder. The multi-awarded R&B and soul legend was wearing a black dress that made her look sexy and elegant.
From that point on, she sang alone while Smith danced and enjoyed the moment by her side. Reaching the end of the song, Blige would act as the supportive voice while Smith sang the main parts. They finished the presentation singing together the last part of the tune.
During an interview Blige had with People, she talked about Smith, revealing that he was a vulnerable yet amazing person with a good heart and that they had wonderful chemistry working together. She even considered that Smith was her “little brother.”
TALKING ABOUT HIS FIRST ALBUM
Smith’s first album was titled “In the Lonely Hour.” Soon after releasing it, Smith came out as a gay and revealed that the songs in the album were about a man that he fell in love with but that he didn’t love him back, reported The Fader.
“I’ve tried to be clever with this album because it’s also important to me that my music reaches everybody. I’ve made my music so that it could be about anything and everybody – whether it’s a guy, a female or a goat – and everybody can relate to that,” confessed Smith.