From their living room in London, Sam Smith helped pay tribute all of the frontline and essential workers who are doing their best every day to help those in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and thanked them all with an incredible performance — including the most beautiful cover of Coldplay's "Fix You."
Sitting solo on a stool in their living room, Sam performed hits like "Dancing With A Stranger," "How Do You Sleep?," and "Stay With Me." And before performing Coldplay's "Fix You," they talked about how although the last few months have been intense, they're "falling in love with singing again." They explained:
"The last few weeks [and] the last few months have been so mad for everyone, and I've just been at home, and really, weirdly, falling in love with singing again. And, I've been singing so many different songs, and songs that aren't my own, and I love this song. And, as soon as I heard it, I was just reminded, again, of how much of a classic it is. I've never actually seen Chris Martin perform this live, but I really want to, because I've fallen in love with this song after singing it."
As they finished their performance, Sam took a few moments to thank all of the healthcare workers, essential workers, first responders and everyone working so hard to help save lives. They said:
"I really just want to take this moment, right now, from my heart, just to say thank you to everyone out there; all the first responders, all of the nurses, the doctors, the bus drivers, the people working in all the shops. I've been enamored just watching everyone, and all your kindness, and how you've looked after us. It's my mission, and I know all of our mission now, to thank you and make you feel our gratitude, because you've saved everyone's lives and it's really amazing. So, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart, and hopefully, I will be back singing with you all soon. We don't know what's going to happen, but as soon as those venue doors open, I will be there, and I will be, hopefully, singing to you all again soon. I know that all the artists out there miss that so much. But, until then, there will always be music, there will always be recordings. I hope the music is finding you all and been kind to you at this time."
This episode of iHeartRadio Living Room Concert Series presented by State Farm also honors all of the incredible essential workers, who are sacrificing so much on a daily basis to help others through this pandemic — basically, the ultimate in being a good neighbor. This week, a donation was made to benefit No Kid Hungry, an organization that seeks to end child hunger. As Sam explained during their performance:
"One in seven children lives with hunger and this charity focuses on this key issue by supporting food benefit programs. iHeart and State Farm's donation will directly help family's across America with something that we all, too often, take for granted."
No Kid Hungry has already helped so many families help feed their children, many of who relied on school breakfast and lunch programs for meals. Dr. Michael Connolly of Community Consolidated School District 21 in Wheeling, IL explained of how the organization has helped his community, "When we began to understand that this was going to be long term, we pursued the No Kid Hungry grant. When we received it, we were able to open up our Friday Food Pantry and provide groceries to 250 families per week."
To find out how you can help No Kid Hungry during this time, head over to nokidhungry.org/iheartradio.