James Bay

  • 27 October 2014

Date of birth

4th September, 1990





James Bay (born 1990) James Bay is British singer and guitarist.

Musical career: James Bay released his first EP 'The Dark of the Morning' in 2013 through Republic Records, and released two follow up Eps the following year entitled 'Let It Go' and 'Hold Back the River'. The latter's title single reached number 8 in the UK charts. Debut album 'Chaos and the Calm' was scheduled to be released in March 2015 and also featured the single 'Let It Go'. The album was recorded in Nashville and produced by Jacquire King. In 2014, he toured alongside Hozier and performed a live show on a Burberry runway. James Bay won the Brit's Critics' Choice award and was nominated for the BBC Sound Of 2015 the same year.

Personal life: James Bay was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire where he went to Hitchin Boys' School. He moved to Brighton as a teenager and went to the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. He has been playing guitar since the age of 11 and was in various bands before deciding to become a solo artist.

The Rolling Stones Invite Florence + The Machine And James Bay On Tour

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 24 April 2018

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The band complete their No Filter tour with some special guests.

With the forthcoming second leg of the Rolling Stones 'No Filter Tour' imminent, the band have announced a string of all-star supporting acts to join them on their UK dates. Among them are Florence + The Machine and James Bay. The band will finally complete their expansive tour this summer.

Image caption Rolling Stones at the opening night of Exhibitionism

It's been six months since the Stones completed the first set of European sets on their No Filter tour - which began in Germany in September 2017 - and now they are preparing to hit the road again this Spring. They'll be kicking off at Dublin's Croke Park on May 17th, before a double-billing at London Stadium on May 22th and 25th.

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James Bay To Drop Sophomore Album 'Electric Light' This Spring

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 09 March 2018

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The eagerly anticipated second album of James Bay has finally been announced, with 'Electric Light' set for release this Spring and a new song hitting the airwaves imminently. Plus, he has a string of new tour dates following the already sold-out previously announced schedule.

Image caption James Bay to release new album 'Electric Light'

The 27-year-old singer-songwriter unveiled the first teaser from the new album in the form of first single 'Wild Love', which he now follows with single number two, 'Pink Lemonade'. Tomorrow (March 10th) will see him perform the song live for the first time during his 'Saturday Night Live' debut. Both songs are being made available as instant downloads for all those who pre-order the album.

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James Bay at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 held at the O2 Academy Brixton in London. The Awards saw Liam Gallagher win Godlike Genius and Ariana Grande win Hero of the Year - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 14th February 2018

James Bay Felt A Mix Of Emotions Coming Off Tour

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 09 February 2018

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'Let It Go' singer James Bay has revealed he found it very ''conflicting'' when his tour ended, because while he was happy to spend a lot of time with his girlfriend, he struggled being away from his ''touring family''.

James Bay found it difficult when his long run on the road supporting debut album 'Chaos and the Calm' ended at the end of 2016.

The 'Let It Go' singer songwriter was on the road for long periods of time after releasing the record in 2015, and while he was grateful for the time to spend with his girlfriend, he knew he would miss his ''touring family''.

Speaking candidly, he told Billboard magazine: ''That club is the coolest club you could ever be a part of. But I have a girlfriend at home who I've known for 10 years. It's not nice to be away from home or her for long periods of time.

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James Bay On Tour With A New Song And A New Look

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 09 February 2018

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The singer will hit North America has he promotes his upcoming new material.

It's been three years, but James Bay is finally returning with new material led by his latest track 'Wild Love'. Plus, he'll be embarking on a brief North American tour this Spring in between European spots and a number of festival dates. Be warned though; he's cut his trademark long locks!

Image caption James Bay at the 2017 MTV EMAs

The 27-year-old has ditched his fedora and long hair for a dark, short but floppy look in the promos for his newest single 'Wild Love'. We have to say, we're loving the transformation. With that comes a musical evolution, with the new song taking on a more electronic sound than the stripped back folk aesthetic of his debut.

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Andy Brown Is Finally Making Music He's 'passionate' About

By Clive King in Movies / TV / Theatre on 22 January 2018

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Andy Brown has admitted he feels he can truly be himself now that he is making music he is ''truly passionate about''.

Andy Brown feels he can be himself now he is making music he is ''truly passionate about''.

The former frontman of Lawson - completed by Ryan Fletcher, Joel Peat and Adam Pitts - is set to release his second solo single 'Talk of the Town', which is taken from his new upcoming album 'Cedarmont', and he admitted he feels ''so lucky'' to have support from his fans, ''old and new'' with his new direction.

He said: ''I feel so lucky for all the support I've had around the first single 'Landslide', and I'm so excited to now share 'Talk of the Town' with fans, old and new.

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James Bay arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 21st November 2016

James Bay arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 20th November 2016

James Bay seen in the press room at the 2016 StubHub Q Awards. James won the award for the 'Best Solo Artist' - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd November 2016

James Bay at the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Awards in association with Hugo Boss held at the Tate Modern, Bankside, United Kingdom - Tuesday 6th September 2016

Isle Of Wight Festival - 2015 Live Review

By Jim Pusey in Music Reviews on 16 June 2015

It's perhaps fitting that my prevailing memory of this year's Isle of Wight Festival will be guitars. This was after all the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance on the Island, something that was being widely celebrated by festival organiser John Giddings and his team across the site. Fender, for example, brought some specially designed guitars to the party for artists including You Me At 6 to play, and there was also a world record attempt for the most number of people in one place to be wearing a mask, the face in question was naturally Hendrix himself. Despite that backdrop, it was some of the guitarists who played across the weekend that demonstrated the power of the instrument and reinforced that guitar based rock isn't on its last legs as some have speculated over the past few years.

The festival got into full swing with a Stones-esque swagger on Friday afternoon when The Struts took to the Main Stage. Their enthusiasm signalled a continuation of their set from the previous year's festival, indeed they are an ideal opening act when you want to energise a crowd. Their appearance at Download the following day, will no doubt have had a similar effect. There seemed to be a Rolling Stones theme to many of the acts getting the festival underway. Over in the Big Top The Ruen Brothers covered 'Miss You' during their rousing set that was well received.

The first moment that sent a shiver down my spine this year was the Counting Crows though. The guitar line to 'Round Here' sent a wave of excitement across the main arena. It was a strong opening statement in a nine song set that featured the likes of 'Mr Jones', 'Miami', and 'Rain King' into which singer Adam Duritz dropped some Elbow lyrics as a nod of the hat to Guy Garvey. If Counting Crows' guitars weren't haunting enough, it was actually The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach whose riffs were the most powerful and elemental of the day. The dirty Blues grit of Auerbach's playing was like a roll of thunder that saw the heavens open to drench the crowd in torrential rain. While much of the set was dedicated to material culled from 'El Camino' and 'Brothers', rather than recent record 'Turn Blue', the band's graduation to a headlining slot was well deserved and warranted. The final song of the set 'Little Black Submarines', which builds from a delicate solo performance to a dramatic climax, utilised every trick in the book for The Black Keys' expanded touring band. If Patrick Carney's drums and Auerbach's guitars are the perfect union on record, it seems their live shows rightly now have the power to command top billing with the inclusion of bassist Richard Swift and keyboardist John Clement Wood.

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Fleetwood Mac And Blur Sing-A-Longs Are Expected For Isle Of Wight Festival 2015

By Staff Writer in Music / Festivals on 08 June 2015

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We preview some of the top acts on the bill this year.

Summer festival season kicks into high gear this weekend with the first big event of the calendar taking place on the south coast. Tens of thousands of people will be heading to Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight for a bill, which is top heavy on heritage acts that bring with them a sense of nostalgia. While recent years have welcomed the likes of Jay-Z, Calvin Harris and Kings Of Leon to headline, this time round it seems big names with an even bigger back catalogue are being used as the main attraction.

Image caption Ben E. King has died at the age of 76.

The singer was born Benjamin Earl Nelson in Henderson, North Carolina. Born in 1938, King moved to Harlem, New York at the age of nine. At the age of 20, King joined a doo-wop group which became known as the Drifters. King fronted the band and they had a number of R&B hits including 'There Goes My Baby' in 1959.

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Sound And Sustenance: Outside Lands 2015 Brings Another Weekend Of Cultural Delights

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 25 March 2015

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Elton John and Mumford And Sons are leading the line-up.

Outside Lands organisers have finally unveiled the spectacular 2015 line-up for their eighth year, featuring headliners Elton John and Mumford And Sons. The event is set to bring its usual combination of music and munchies to San Francisco this August.

Joining Elton and Mumford are a range of equally exciting acts, both of the veteran and the up-and-coming variety. Man of the moment Sam Smith - whose already bagged a total of six awards this year, including four Grammys - will bring his pop genius to the stage, alongside The Black Keys who released their first chart-topping album last year, and Kendrick Lamar whose highly anticipated third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' sailed to number one in both the US and the UK last week.

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Milky Chance, Gorgon City And Nick Mulvey Liven Up No Tomorrow Festival 2015

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 20 March 2015

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New additions add to the excitement of this already highly anticipated Nottingham festival.

No Tomorrow Festival 2015 welcomes a handful of further additions to their already exciting line-up; Milky Chance, Gorgon City and Nick Mulvey are the latest to join the ever-growing bill for Nottingham's most unmissable weekend of the Summer.

They will be joining with the likes of already announced artists James Bay, John Newman, Jessie Ware and MNEK for the second year of No Tomorrow Festival, which is taking place at Nottingham's Wollaton Park from June 6th to 7th. Other new announcements were SOAK, Karen Harding, JP Cooper, Zak Abel, My Nu Leng, Justin Martin and Grades.

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