Dream team! Ariana Grande and The Wanted‘s Nathan Sykes collaborated on a song off the soundtrack for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and the video gives fans a sneak peek at the film that hits theaters on Wednesday.
Ariana told MTV how excited she was to work with Nathan on the romantic tune. “Nathan just sang the hell out of it. I thought it was Brian McKnight. I’m like ‘Who is this?'” she said. See the video below.
“Honestly I wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t know he had that in him,” Ariana continued. “I saw him perform live on one of the radio shows that we were at together and I was like, ‘Damn he can sing.’ This song I think will pleasantly surprise a lot of people.”
“It’s very beautiful and very emotional and I love, love, love what Nathan did to it. It was a great, great, great surprise.”
It was an important event for Nathan, who recorded the song after he underwent vocal cord surgery earlier this year. “I was really nervous,” he admitted. “I’ve never been so nervous for a session, and went in and [did] what I like to think is quite possibly the best vocal I’ve ever recorded. I’m really proud of it.”