Justin Timberlake laid it all out there during his Super Bowl LII performance on Sunday night, but he saved just enough energy to stand side-by-side with Chris Stapleton during their rendition of “Say Something” live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon just hours later.
The special one-night-only engagement for Fallon in Minneapolis, Minnesota, following the big game and NBC’s poignant This is Us episode, brought Timberlake back to life on the stage a few more times before closing out in a massive way with Stapleton. Pairing up on their track released together off Timberlake’s Man of the Woods album, they brought both the funk and acoustic guitar to the sold-out theater.
Complete with Timberlake’s Tennessee Kids singing the background vocals and making the audience go to church with the amount of soul bursting throughout the building, the two got everyone clapping and swaying along to the calm little song. The charismatic energy radiating from the Tonight Show set-up ended the evening off on a high note unexpected for many fans watching the program.
Although Timberlake and Stapleton’s voices blend together in both live and recorded settings like that of melted butter, their work on “Say Something” wasn’t a calculated mission for Man of the Woods. The country singer merely traveled to help the pop artist on some writing and just let the collaboration fall into his lap without any hesitation or doubt in completing something for the record.
“I really just went out to Los Angeles to write songs with him. It’s a very fluid process with him, there’s a lot going on. That was one of those things where there wasn’t necessarily a plan. He was like ‘All right, you hop in there and take a verse,’ and I’m like, ‘You want me to do what?’ … It came out great. I had a blast with him, he’s a great creative force and one of those guys that if you get a chance to work with him, you should,” Stapleton said to Billboard of the song.
Fans can find “Say Something” on Timberlake’s latest project, Man of the Woods, which is available everywhere now.