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James Bay

Singer / Songwriter from Hertfordshire

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James Bay Biography

James Michael Bay is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. In 2014, he released his single "Hold Back the River", which was certified platinum, before releasing his debut studio album Chaos and the Calm (2015). The album went to number one in the UK and number 15 in the US. In February 2015, Bay received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award. At the 2016 Brit Awards he received the award for Best British Male Solo Artist. Bay also received three nominations at the 2016 Grammy Awards, for Best New Artist, Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Song. In May 2018, he released his second studio album, Electric Light.Early life James Bay was born to Jill, a former fashion illustrator for Marie Cl...
James Michael Bay is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. In 2014, he released his single "Hold Back the River", which was certified platinum, before releasing his debut studio album Chaos and the Calm (2015). The album went to number one in the UK and number 15 in the US. In February 2015, Bay received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award. At the 2016 Brit Awards he received the award for Best British Male Solo Artist. Bay also received three nominations at the 2016 Grammy Awards, for Best New Artist, Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Song. In May 2018, he released his second studio album, Electric Light.

Early life

James Bay was born to Jill, a former fashion illustrator for Marie Claire, and Nick Bay, a wine merchant. He has an older brother named Alex. Bay's parents brought him up in Hitchin, Hertfordshire where he attended Hitchin Boys' School. Aged 11, Bay was inspired to play classical guitar after hearing Eric Clapton's "Layla". He used an old rusty guitar with five strings he found in a cupboard in his house. Bay is a supporter of Newcastle United F.C.

When he moved to study in Brighton at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute seven years later at age 18 he played the city's open mic nights, on which he said, "That taught me a lot about writing and performing on my own and trying to hold my own". "I'm trying to make songs that make people feel something, and if I'm lucky, even move them".

Bay caught the attention of Republic Records A&R after a fan uploaded a video to YouTube of him performing at an open mic in London, and within a week, he signed to the label. His first EP, The Dark of the Morning, was released in 2013. Within a year, he was selling out his first UK headline tour.

Bay has been in a relationship with Lucy Smith, a music promoter, since he was 17 years old. In a 2018 interview he said, "I definitely see a future with kids in it. I'm not so big about marriage, I guess, because I am not a religious person. You know deep down when you're with someone you want to be with for the rest of your life."

Career

2013-2017: Career beginnings and Chaos and the Calm

Bay released his debut extended play, The Dark of the Morning, on 18 July 2013. His second EP, Let It Go, was released on 12 May 2014. The Let It Go EP debuted in the top 10 iTunes album chart and the lead single, titled "Let It Go", peaked at number 10 in the UK charts. Bay has performed live on the Burberry runway and has also recorded a Burberry Acoustic session. He toured with Hozier in 2014.

Bay recorded his entire debut studio album Chaos and the Calm at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, with producer Jacquire King. It debuted at number one in the UK charts and has been certified X2 platinum. His single "Hold Back the River" peaked at number 2 in the UK charts and was certified X2 platinum.

Bay performing in 2016

In January 2015, Bay released his second EP, Other Sides. He performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival in June 2015. At the 2016 Brit Awards in London on 24 February, he received the award for Best British Male Solo Artist, and also performed "Love Yourself" with Justin Bieber at the ceremony. Bay recorded a cover of the Beatles song "Hey Bulldog" for the 2016 TV series Beat Bugs. He recorded a cover of the Tom Petty song "King's Highway" for the 2017 Disney/Pixar film Cars 3. It is heard in the film and is included on the official soundtrack album.

Gear

Bay endorses and plays Tone King amplifiers, a boutique amplifier brand of Premier Builders Guild. In 2017, he released his Epiphone Signature "1966" Century Outfit, an accurate recreation of his customized 1966 Epiphone Century guitar which has James Bay's "Hat Man" logo on the headstock and custom strap.

Headlining

  • Electric Light Tour (2018–2019)
  • Chaos and the Calm Tour (2015–16)

Opening act

  • Toured with Kodaline UK and Ireland (2013)
  • Toured with Hozier North America (2014)
  • Taylor Swift – 1989 World Tour (Europe) (2015)
  • The Rolling Stones - No Filter Tour (2018)
  • Ed Sheeran - ÷ Tour (Europe) (2019)



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James Bay Discography

  • 2013EPThe Dark of the Morning
  • 2014AlbumChaos and the Calm
  • 2015EPOther Sides
  • 2016SingleCraving (Acoustic)
  • 2016SingleLet It Go (Live)
  • 2016SingleRunning (Live from Abbey Road Studios)
  • 2018AlbumElectric Light
  • 2018SingleJust for Tonight (Acoustic)
  • 2018SinglePink Lemonade (Acoustic)
  • 2018SingleUs (Acoustic)
  • 2018SingleUs
  • 2018SingleWild Love (Acoustic)
  • 2019SingleBad (Live at Round Chapel, London)
  • 2019EPOh My Messy Mind
  • 2019SinglePeer Pressure (feat. Julia Michaels) [Acoustic]
  • 2020EPAll Up In My Feels
  • 2020AlbumApple Music Home Session: James Bay
  • 2020EPChew On My Heart (Piano & Voice)
  • 2020SingleChew On My Heart
  • 2020SingleChew on My Heart (Acoustic)
  • 2020SingleChew on My Heart (Piano & Voice)
  • 2020EPEndless Summer
  • 2020EPHeartache Hotel
  • 2020EPSing Up, Sing Out
  • 2020EPTurn It Up
  • 2021EPLet There Be Love
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