Sam Smith to Cover Whitney Houston’s ‘It’s Not Right But It’s OK’ for Rodney Jerkins Album
If there's one artist we know Sam Smith admires it's Whitney Houston. The singer covered her 1985 track 'How Will I Know' in June during a special performance for Sirius Hits 1, and now, it looks like he'll have the opportunity to recreate another one of the late songstress' tracks.
"Sam is doing 'It’s Not Right It’s Okay' by Whitney Houston, which Sam told me was the song that made him want to sing," producer and songwriter Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins told Hits Daily Double. "When I asked him if he’d be a part of this project he was like, 'No one else can do that song but me!' Sam’s the truth. He has a great heart and he’s genuine. His music speaks for who he is."
The cover song will part of a new project that Jerkins is working on to celebrate his 20th anniversary in the music business. Although there's no title or official release date just yet, Jerkins revealed that he's also enlisted Ariana Grande and Jessie J to cover 'The Boy Is Mine' originally sung by Brandy and Monica.
Jerkins also talked about how he got Mary J. Blige to collaborate with Smith on 'Stay with Me,' which he produced for the U.K. artist.
"I was working with Mary here at my house," he said, "And I asked: 'So what are you into these days?' and she says 'I’m loving this Sam Smith song.' I was like, 'I did that song! You should go into the booth and sing the second verse right now.' Now mind you, I’ve asked Mary to do stuff like that before and she’s like, No, No -- but she had such a connection to this song -- she got up, went in the booth and nailed it."
The producer said that when he shared the new version with Smith after Blige performed with him and Disclosure at Coachella, the 'I'm Not the Only One' crooner got emotional.
"His head dropped," Jerkins said, "and I remember when he looked up he had a tear in his eye. He texted his mother: 'I can’t believe my dreams are really coming true. I just sang with the person I’ve looked up to my whole life.'"
Things have clearly been looking up for Smith as he's already sold out most of the dates on his upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off in January.
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