British pop superstars Rita Ora and Ed Sheeran teamed up to deliver a sweet acoustic rendition of Ora’s recent single “Your Song,” which was posted earlier today (Aug. 29) on YouTube. The “Shape of You” singer co-wrote the song for Ora with Steve Mac and guests on the UK Top 10 track with uncredited backing vocals. In case you didn’t notice his voice in the single, there’s no mistaking Sheeran happily strumming his guitar and joining in with Ora in the attached video.
“Your Song” is the first track from Ora’s highly-anticipated second studio album. The lyrics recount a passionate night of unexpected romance that could lead to something more. The upbeat tempo is catchy and fun as Ora sings “I don’t wanna hear sad songs anymore/I only wanna hear love songs/I found my heart up in this place tonight/Don’t wanna sing mad songs anymore/Only wanna sing your song/Cause your song’s got me feelin’ like I’m in love.”
Sheeran joins in to harmonize at “I’m in love” and they sound really good together. This track is one of many which the “Thinking Out Loud” singer has written or co-written for other artists. He notably co-wrote Justin Bieber’s Grammy-nominated song “Love Yourself” with Bieber and Benny Blanco. He’s also logged writing credits with One Direction, Tori Kelly, Taylor Swift and more. Ironically, he almost gave his chart-busting lead single from Divide, “Shape of You,” to Rihanna. He may have made the best decision of his musical career in deciding to keep the song for himself, given the massive success and milestones he’s achieved with the track, including being the most streamed UK single of all time.
This stripped-back, acoustic rendition of “Your Song” flows great and fits both artists well. Ora was recently joined by Kyle and Lil’ Yachty for a bigger production of the electropop track which served as the opening number at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards. You can watch the TCA performance below and Rita Ora and Ed Sheeran’s full acoustic “Your Song” performance in the video above.
Rita Ora is slated to perform at The Kiss House Party Live on Oct. 26 at The SSE Arena, Wembley. Click here for ticket information. Ed Sheeran is currently touring to support Divide. Click here for a list of AXS-ticketed shows.