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New Music: Mary J. Blige Joins Sam Smith on "Stay With Me"

The nine-time Grammy Award-winner has performed on the Festival’s main stage more times than any other artist, but she switched up her act in 2006 when she delivered a keynote address on the importance of working toward spiritual wholeness.

Everyone is buzzing about British newcomer Sam Smith, and with his newest single, "Stay With Me" featuring Mary J. Blige, he might be living up to the hype.

Commanding the attention of the Queen of hip-hop soul proves he's more than just a pretty face in front of a microphone. "Stay With Me" is the latest official single from his debut album, The Lonely Hour, which is set to be released in the U.S. on June 17.

Take a listen to the heartfelt ballad, and don't miss Mary J. Blige on our Mainstage at ESSENCE Fest in July.