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Sam Smith covers ‘Seventeen Going Under’ by Sam Fender for Live Lounge Month

“This song is so special,” Smith told BBC Radio 1

By Tom Skinner

two side by side close up images of Sam Smith (left) and Sam Fender (right)
Sam Smith and Sam Fender. Credits: Press (left), Rolling Stone UK/Damon Baker (right)

Sam Smith has covered Sam Fender’s ‘Seventeen Going Under’ on BBC Radio 1 – check out the video below.

Smith performed a special set as part of this year’s edition of Live Lounge Month, which has also welcomed the likes of Yungblud, Wet Leg and Rina Sawayama throughout September.

“I think this artist is one of the most beautiful voices [and] songwriters that I think I’ve ever heard,” Smith explained of their decision to cover Fender. “This song is so special and really spoke to me during the pandemic.

“I watched him perform this at Glastonbury – cried my eyes out from my sofa at home. He’s amazing, I love him. And I just wish him all the best.”

The singer then began a stripped-back piano-led version of the 2021 single. You can watch Smith’s version below, or listen to their full Live Lounge session on BBC Sounds.

Smith returned last week with ‘Unholy’, a collaborative single with Kim Petras. The song is the first preview of the former’s upcoming fourth studio album, details of which are yet to emerge. Their third record, ‘Love Goes’, was released in October 2020.

Speaking during their Live Lounge Month session, Smith described their latest track as “filthy”, and explained how it came together in Jamaica. “I just started having fun, and ‘Unholy’ happened,” the artist recalled. “It was the most organic song I think I’ve ever written in my life.”

Sam Smith is due to play two headline concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London on October 21 and 22.

Meanwhile, Sam Fender has cancelled some of his upcoming tour dates, saying that he needs to “take time to look after my own mental health”.

“I’ve neglected myself for over a year now and haven’t dealt with things that have deeply affected me,” he wrote.

The singer-songwriter is set to play two homecoming stadium shows at St James’ Park in Newcastle next summer.