Sam Smith has given Jamaican reggae artiste Romain Virgo the thumbs up for his cover of Stay With Me, single is from Smith’s debut album In the Lonely Hour released in May.

The song was brought to Smith’s attention by DJ Toddla of BBC1 Extra. After hearing the cover, Smith tweeted “Wow, I Just saw it! So sick!!!”

Virgo’s cover is the number one single on reggae charts in Trinidad, St. Vincent, Grenada and St. Lucia and he feels the acknowledgement from Smith will generate more interest to his version of this song.

“Niko Browne from Lifeline Music introduced me to the song after watching Sam Smith perform it on NBC’s Saturday Night Live”. I thought it was a simple but beautiful song that we could introduce to the Jamaican and reggae fans across the world if we gave it a reggae sound. We honestly thought that the ladies especially would love it,” Virgo told the Jamaica Observer.

Virgo, a 2007 winner of the local talent competition Digicel Rising Stars, has also received fair airplay with Adele’s Do You Remember and Michael Bolton’s Soul Provider.

Asked whether he was surprised at the reception for the song, Virgo said: “Every time we do a cover of a song, fans — local and abroad — always love. I just see it as having fun with the music and also showing respect to other genres that would show the same respect to Jamaican music.”