James Bay Critics choice Brit winner

James Bay Wins Critics Choice Brit Award

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 Bay

James Bay

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 bay Critics Choice Brit winner

James Bay

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.

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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