Make absolutely no mistake about this, you are going to be hearing a lot more about James Bay over the next few years.
Hailing from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, 24-year-old James was discovered by Republic Records after a fan uploaded a video of him performing in a Kentish Town pub to You Tube. Since then James has been gaining an enviable reputation as a live artist and has supported the likes of John Newman, Kodaline, Tom Odell and The Rolling Stones, as well as completing his own sell out tour.
James’ gravelled voice, personal emotive lyricism and infectious melodies led to him becoming one of the most talked about new talents of 2014 as his music received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and he is fast becoming a favourite on the UK festival circuit.
James’ appearance on Radio 1 Live Lounge he blew everyone away with an unforgettable performance of ‘Let It Go’and was trending No.1 on Twitter in the UK. His EP of the same name hit No. 7 in the iTunes album chart and he has just returned from supporting Hozier on tour across the US.
It was no surprise when James was shortlisted for the prestigious Critics’ Choice Award in the 2015 Brit Awards. James scooped that award on Wednesday February 25, following in the footsteps of last years winner Sam Smith. Previous winners of this award have included the likes of Adele, Florence and the machine and Emile Sande all of whom have gone on to become hugely successful artists. There is every reason to expect James Bay to be every bit as successful as his predecessors.
James’s hugely anticipated debut album “Chaos And The Calm” produced by Jacquire King is set for release next month and release will be followed by a string of UK live shows and some more dates in the USA. I hope to cover James’ show in Portsmouth on April 7 so keep an eye out for a review and photographs shortly after that date.