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Sam Smith leaves Letterman speechless with stunning rendition of “Stay With Me”

on June 19, 2014, 1:08am

Sam Smith’s debut record, In The Lonely Hour, is finally out from Capitol Records, giving him a good reason to return to late night TV. Fresh off his performance at Bonnaroo, the U.K. crooner stopped by Letterman on Wednesday night and delivered a typically beautiful rendition of “Stay With Me”. It was so breath-taking, in fact, that Letterman was left short for words. “Wow … Beautiful,”, he proclaimed. Eventually, Letterman was able to compose himself enough to tease Smith, asking him if this was his first time singing and encouraging him to “keep at it.” Watch the replay below.

In the Lonely Hour is available for purchase today. Smith has plans to support the LP straight through most of 2014, including stops at Glastonbury, Austin City Limits, and Rock Werchter. Find his full itinerary here.


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June 19, 2014 at 2:13 pm

He looks like he is lip singing.

June 19, 2014 at 5:21 am

“speechless” as in spoke a lot? Great performance so why the need to flat out make the title up?

June 19, 2014 at 2:04 am

I’m speechless too!!

June 19, 2014 at 1:41 am

Speechless? Is there an agenda here that I’m missing? It was a good performance, but it wasn’t anything special. There was no need for the hyperbole in the headline. We, the readers, would appreciate if you did not lie like that for web traffic.

June 19, 2014 at 1:25 am

In what definition of “speechless” is Letterman endlessly talking right after the performance, both to the musicians and to Smith himself? I mean – why lie in the headline and in the article? Why not just say that Letterman PROFUSELY PRAISED the performance COULD NOT STOP TALKING ABOUT IT afterwards? What is it about this site that the writers don’t just exaggerate, but invent the throughlines of articles out of whole cloth?

June 19, 2014 at 1:52 am

Relax, David. It’s not like you got swindled. The video is awesome. Your comment doesn’t make you sound smart; it makes you sound like a smart-ass.

June 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

I kinda think they are referring to the 10 second period after the song ended where Letterman could only string together a slew of “wows” “oh my gods” and more “wows”… for Letterman… thats basically a vow of silence.

June 21, 2014 at 7:16 am

Wow….not sure why folks are fixated on speechless….I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and that’s what it’s all about!


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