UK rising star Sam Smith brought his divinely honeyed vocal cords and charming doofus stage presence to Saturday Night Live last night, and he went the balladeer’s route. Smith performed his recent gospel-tinged single “Stay With Me” during the first musical segment and followed it with “Lay Me Down,” which he released as an acoustic ballad last summer. The exclusion of uptempo monster jams “Latch” and “Money On My Mind” is only a minor disappointment because Smith, who seems more inclined toward introspective glory-note material like this, nailed it. Watch both performances below.
Smith’s In The Lonely Hour is out 6/17 on Capitol.