Sam Smith Gets Cello Treatment From Kevin “K.O.” Olusola

In a week of festive cover renditions, Sam Smith’s Stay With Me has a new interpretation by Kevin “K.O.” Olusola. Using a loop and piano accompaniment, Olusola transforms the contemporary rock hit in dramatic fashion, while also adding a beatbox effect towards the end of the song.

Included in Olusola’s Renegade EP, the single for Stay With Me captures the essence of what has made Sam Smith a household name in the past year while also infusing it with new levels of poetry and beauty. There are few things that can transform a well-known song quite like a stringed instrument can, and Olusola’s command of the cello is brilliant to behold.