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Gay Crooner Sam Smith Performs 'Stay With Me' On Good Morning America - VIDEO


Newly out British singer Sam Smith charmed the audience members of Good Morning America on Monday morning with a live performance of his song “Stay With Me.”

The song comes from the point-of-view of someone who sucks at one night stands but still longs for companionship. The lyrics read in part:

Guess it's true, I'm not good at a one-night stand
But I still need love 'cause I'm just a man
These nights never seem to go to plan
I don't want you to leave, will you hold my hand?

… Why am I so emotional?
No it's not a good look, gain some self control
And deep down I know this never works
But you can lay with me so it doesn't hurt

The song doesn’t hint at Smith’s homosexuality the same way that his music video for “Leave Your Lover” did, but its wistful cry for deeper connection still resonates regardless of one's sexuality.

You may also recall that Smith recorded a duet version of "Stay With Me" alongside Mary J. Blige. Occupy the Disco also included another Smith collaboration (“Running”) on their Top 10 Tracks of 2012 list for Towleroad.

Watch Smith’s live performance AFTER THE JUMP…

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  1. Two things: 1) His video for Stay With Me shows a figure in a bed for a split second that appears to be a man, so there was already a hint. 2) Why do you have to title the post "Gay Crooner..."? I get it...he is, but he's also a "Crooner."

    Posted by: John | Jun 17, 2014 6:58:56 PM

  2. I have never heard Sam Smith use the word 'gay' in relation to himself. Maybe Daniel Villarreal likes to use the gay word because he is paid to do so?

    Posted by: petey | Jun 17, 2014 7:08:01 PM

  3. The guy has a great voice, but why does he have to be referred to as a "Gay" crooner?
    One more thing, I know he was performing live in front of a million people, but he sort of looked like a deer in the headlights.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Jun 17, 2014 7:22:40 PM

  4. Sam Smith came out of the closet, he's gay. He's also a great singer and voice for our community.

    Posted by: Honesty | Jun 17, 2014 7:31:43 PM

  5. So sad to see calling a GAY CROONER? Do you call "STRAIGH SINGER" OR "STRAIGHT SINGER MARIAH? Really? So wrong! It's upseting that you would do that. He happens to be a singer PERIOD! Don't ask for equality if your site is going to divide artist by sexual orientation! WRONG WRONG WRONG!

    Posted by: Josh | Jun 17, 2014 7:35:01 PM

  6. NEWLY out? He has been out for gazzilions years guys....

    Posted by: Moniker | Jun 17, 2014 7:57:31 PM

  7. Or what he said... he is never been in.

    Posted by: Moniker | Jun 17, 2014 7:58:47 PM

  8. Wow, the trolls have truly taken over this site.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jun 17, 2014 8:10:14 PM

  9. @John and @Josh: Mentioning that a performer is gay on a gay site is meant to acknowledge and celebrate the success of a member of our community. A time will come when such is no longer needed but today is not that day. I say we enjoy Sam Smith's work and appreciate that he is one of ours.

    Posted by: Don in ATL | Jun 17, 2014 8:16:13 PM

  10. Don in Atl,

    How do you know that Sam Smith wants to be a part of the gay community? Did you ask him?

    Posted by: petey | Jun 17, 2014 8:20:37 PM

  11. His song "Stay a With Me" is the #4 song on iTunes today, and the album is #2.
    (Coincidentally, Steve Grand, the Chicago gay singer whose album is coming out very soon, very recently put out a song called "Stay" on YouTube whose chorus ALSO said "Stay with me" (but continues "...all summer, under the covers, be my lover.")
    iTunes is also featuring Sam Smith's song "Make It To Me" as their free song of the week right now.
    Even if you don't want to spend 69 cents on another song, that one's free.

    Posted by: GregV | Jun 17, 2014 8:49:45 PM

  12. Its a gay news site. Yes they will mention that out celebs are gay whenever mentioning them in a headline. It will help search engines. Deal.

    Posted by: fanboi | Jun 17, 2014 9:04:56 PM

  13. Amazing singer and I'm going to see him live in concert in NYC in September! Can't wait! Also, Sam has admitted he gets very nervous when he performs. He's just new at it so I'm sure he'll gradually get more comfortable with it.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jun 17, 2014 10:26:02 PM

  14. @DonInAtl This is a gay site...there's usually a gay tie to everything on here. Let's let the guy be a singer and not a banner for our community if he doesn't choose to be. He has said that he doesn't wish to speak about his personal life and will let his music do the talking, so until he puts out a track about gay pride...

    Posted by: John | Jun 17, 2014 11:00:02 PM

  15. And now the resident troll can shut up about how mainstream radio doesn't play music by an openly gay man, even though Adam Lambert was already doing the same and Elton John long before him.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jun 18, 2014 12:14:44 AM

  16. The only time its appropriate to label someone "gay" is if they wouldnt get attention otherwise... which we've seen many times before.

    (cough cough Brett Gleason cough cough)

    With Sam Smith, we dont pay attention because he's gay, we pay attention because he's awesome.

    Posted by: jim | Jun 18, 2014 1:05:28 AM

  17. I loved his earrings.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 18, 2014 2:02:49 AM

  18. I don't get some people I guess. TR being a site of gay interest, it doesn't post videos of every pop singer on earth. Performers known to be gay performing material that is sometimes overtly gay and on a popular US show seen by a broad swath of Americans is a good thing for visibility and thus of interest in itself. Hence, "gay crooner". Perfectly appropriate. I might object to the crooner part - he maybe isn't by more classical definitions, but what the heck.

    Thanks for posting this.

    Posted by: emjayay | Jun 18, 2014 2:06:57 AM

  19. Sam Smith > Adam Lambert

    Posted by: don't a tell la | Jun 18, 2014 2:49:32 AM

  20. so when will you stop feeling the need to label everything gay? whether it's out of pride or disrespect, it's unnecessary.
    maybe you've grown too old to remain relevant as a blogger.

    Posted by: pork | Jun 18, 2014 4:29:05 AM

  21. NPR did a fantastic interview with him Monday. Significant step: the interviewer mentions that the person he's singing about is a man, but his sexuality is never treated as a part of the news story. His sexuality just 'is'.

    Posted by: Dw | Jun 18, 2014 7:26:09 AM

  22. Well done! He makes it seem so effortless.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 18, 2014 7:56:30 AM

  23. Very talented. Love it!

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 18, 2014 8:20:33 AM

  24. beautiful performance! ...very reminiscent of boy george. i wonder if they're related. (i know he's related to lily allen).
    maybe the folks that are unhappy he's labeled as a gay crooner are concerned this minimizes him as a singer.
    as a gay singer, i appreciate how the label can inspire and comfort other gay people. i find myself preferring to know that other performers i watch and listen to are gay as i can relate more to them.
    how many other gay people remember singing along with female singers as they were singing about their feelings about men because there were next to no men singing about their feelings for other men.
    we're making big strides thanks to all the out gay performers.
    happy pride!!

    Posted by: tsoltan | Jun 18, 2014 12:38:38 PM

  25. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Marc | Jun 19, 2014 2:25:37 AM

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