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Sam Smith and John Legend redo ‘Lay Me Down’ for Red Nose Day

Sam Smith and John Legend redo ‘Lay Me Down’ for Red Nose Day

Gay singer Sam Smith is the artist behind 2015’s official Red Nose Day single, it was revealed today (9 March).

Taking on the mantle from such groups like the Spice Girls, Girls Aloud and One Direction, he has joined forces with Oscar winner John Legend to record the charity track.

They perform a unique version of Smith’s song, Lay Me Down, from his multi-platinum album In The Lonely Hour.

The track is available for download today on iTunes and the single is being sold exclusively at Sainsbury’s.

The two artists will perform a one-off live version of the single on 13 March filmed at the London Palladium.

Smith said: ‘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.

‘I recently visited a Comic Relief funded project in my home town 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 UK and across Africa.’

Legend said: ‘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.’ he said.

Universal, who produced the record will be donating 100% of the profits form the sale of the single to Comic Relief, which helps poor and vulnerable people across the UK and Africa.

Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become a huge event. It takes place once every two years, when people across the UK get together and do something funny at work, at home, on television all in aid of the Comic Relief charity.