Grammy winner Sam Smith and Oscar winner John Legend have teamed up to record a duet of the British crooner’s In the Lonely Hour hit “Lay Me Down” for the upcoming Comic Relief special. The track, available now on all digital retailers, will serve as the official single of Red Nose Day, a British charity occurring every two years where residents don clown noses to help raise awareness and funds for Comic Relief.
Smith and Legend will perform their duet live for the first and only time on March 13th at the live Comic Relief – Face the Funny special at London’s Palladium. The pair also filmed a video for their collaboration, which juxtaposes Smith and Legend recording the track at a Los Angeles studio with images from one of the many African communities that the Comic Relief program benefits. Smith and Legend will forego all royalties from the track, with Universal donating all profits to Comic Relief.
“‘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.”
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.”