Smith and his longtime friend and collaborator Jimmy Napes partnered with legendary producer Timbaland to record “Pray” for his sophomore album, The Thrill Of It All out now on Capitol Records. The soulful slow-jam demonstrates Smith’s delicate yet powerful vocals as he traverses a huge range backed by a choir. The new version features additional vocals from GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-Platinum Def Jam Recordings artist Logic, who transforms the track by adding his own heartfelt verses to the original.
Smith – who performed “Pray” on “Saturday Night Live” in 2017 and at the GRAMMY Awards earlier this year – wrote the song after spending five days in Mosul with the charity War Child. He explains, “We are all looking around at what’s happening in the world and it is just messed up. You’ve got no choice but to look up to the sky and put your hands together and pray for something to happen.”