George Ezra stopped by the BBC Live Lounge on Nov. 22 to promote his chart-topping sophomore studio album Staying at Tamara’s. During his visit, he performed the album’s latest single “Hold My Girl,” and also did a soulful version of Justin Bieber’s Grammy-nominated track, “Love Yourself.”
Ezra is known for his bluesy, folk-rock style which is notably different than Bieber’s pop-driven/rap sensibility. The British native singer-songwriter put a soulful spin on the song while maintaining the upbeat tempo. Ezra sang into the mic and bounced to the beat while sitting on a stool. His band surrounded him playing keyboards, drums, trombone and trumpet, which gave the cover a smooth, jazz-infused feel.
Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco co-wrote “Love Yourself” with Justin Bieber. It hails from Bieber’s Grammy-nominated fourth studio album, Purpose. It topped charts in multiple countries including the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S. and the UK Singles chart.
Ezra blasted onto the music scene in 2013, with his 2014 debut studio album Wanted on Voyage topping the UK Albums chart and hitting the Top 10 in seven other countries. Staying at Tamara’s is Ezra’s highly-anticipated follow up.
He also hosts a podcast called “George Ezra & Friends,” in which he has casual chats with fellow artists. Ed Sheeran was his first guest on Feb. 12 of this year. Other notable guests included Sam Smith, Elton John, Jessie Ware and Giles Martin. The second season of the podcast kicked off on Nov. 19 and featured Niall Horan.
Watch George Ezra’s “Love Yourself” cover in the video embedded above.