Stay With Me by Sam Smith
It’s not his cross earring that makes listeners stop for a second, but his powerful gospel voice, transforming a classical pop ballad into an attractive pop-gospel song. If you want to say to your beloved that he or she is everything for you, Sam Smith has the perfect rhythm and words, to transmit your message.
The video accompanying ‘Stay With Me’ is divided into few fragments, each of them telling the story of Sam Smith’s emotions. At the beginning, the viewers are shown a quiet street of a British small town, with homeless people, prove that Sam Smith wants to transmit also a social message through the keywords of his song. Next, the viewers will be introduced into the room that Sam Smith shares with her girlfriend. Similarly to any young couple, this room is their private space with sheets in disarray. He leaves while she is sleeping, arguing to himself that he isn’t good enough for her.
While he walks the lonely streets, he is recalling the wonderful moments spent together in their special universe. In the end of the video, the artist is surrounded by a numerous chorus formed by mostly Afro-American and Chinese singers, whispering the suggestive phrase of the song, ‘Stay With Me’.
‘Stay With Me’ is Sam Smith’ third single from his debut album ‘In the Lonely Hour’, released in May 2014, after the successful ‘Money on My Mind’. The pop-gospel ballad was written by the British singer, with the help of Jimmy Napes, one of the most prodigious songwriters these days. The American version of the song, features the R&B singer Mary J. Blige, impressed by the performance of the young artist.
The video created for ‘Stay With Me’ was directed by Jamie Thraves, who also collaborated with Radiohead for ‘Just’, Blur for ‘Charmless Man’, Damien Rice for ‘9 Crimes’ or Coldplay for ‘God Put a Smile upon Your Face’. The vision of the British director in ‘Stay With Me’ is similar to the videos mentioned, he implies simple scenarios such as the intention of leaving a certain space, for finding freedom.
In the case of Sam Smith, director Jamie Thraves uses a game of shadow and light, to suggest the tension existing in the artist’s mind related to the evolution of his relationship. The room where she left his girlfriend is darker than the bright background of the streets, in addition the room where he sings along with a chorus is bathed in light, reminding of a church’s design.
‘Stay With Me’ was released on March 2014 via a social network, managing in short time to draw the attention of fans and critics.