Koffee 'brews' with Sam Smith
Koffee performing at Reggae Sumfest. (Photo: Observer file)

GRAMMY-WINNING reggae artiste Koffee has earned another high-profile collaboration. She is featured on British soul singer Sam Smith's forthcoming album Gloria, scheduled for release on January 27.

Gloria was recorded between Jamaica, London, and Los Angeles.

Koffee collaborates with Smith and Canadian singer Jessie Reyez on the track titled Gimme.

Tammi Chang is Koffee's manager. She explained how the collaboration with Smith came about.

"It came about naturally and organically. They are both fans of each other, so they really connected. They met at a festival in London and thought making music together would be a great experience," Chang told the Jamaica Observer.

Chang said the collab gives Koffee a wider audience.

"This type of opportunity can do wonders, such as a wider reach, increase in value, and open doors for future collaborations of this nature," she said.

In the past, Koffee has collaborated with the likes of British rapper J Hus, American R&B singer John Legend, hip hop artiste Gunna, and Canadian singer Daniel Ceasar.

On Tuesday, Koffee's debut album Gifted was nominated in the Best Reggae Album category of the 65th annual Grammy Awards.

Gifted, released in March, debuted at number two on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. It currently occupies the eighth position.

In a previous interview, Koffee shared that she has grown musically since her 2019 EP Rapture.

"I have loosened up a bit and I think I am expressing myself a little bit more freely and I'm also getting a little bit more personal," Koffee said.

"I feel like a lot of passion went into creating this album. Myself and my band, we did some serious work to make it as natural as possible and also as inspiring as possible," she continued.

Koffee is currently overseas preparing to hit the road on British pop singer Harry Styles' Love On Tour of South America.

"This tour is exciting and its direct support to Harry Styles in South America [Mexico, Columbia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil]. We will be starting mid-November and going into early December," said Chang.

Smith, a multi-award-winning artiste, shot to fame in 2012 after a guest feature on the song Latch, a number 11 UK chart hit by Disclosure. He later released three solo albums, In the Lonely Hour (12 million in sales globally), The Thrill of It All (1.4 million worldwide), and Love Goes On (certified platinum in the United States, gold in the UK, Australia and New Zealand).

Among his hit songs are Stay With Me, Dancing With a Stranger, Money on My Mind, La La La (with Naughty Boy), and I'm Not the Only One.

Sam Smith
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