Liam Bailey

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Liam Bailey
Born Nottingham, England

Liam Bailey is an UK musician from Nottingham, England.[1] Bailey co-wrote & performed on the 2011 top 5 Chase & Status single "Blind Faith". Following two EP releases, Bailey's debut single "You Better Leave Me" was released the same year on Polydor Records. Along with his collaborations with DJ Fresh & Delilah he is known for his work with Shy FX which includes remixes of "You Better Leave Me" and single "Soon Come".

Bailey is noted for his soul, reggae, and blues influenced vocal style and has been compared to Otis Redding,[2] Sam Cooke, [3] Bill Withers,[4] Bob Marley[5] and Dennis Brown.[6]


In 2008 Bailey was a member of the folk collective The Accidental on their album There Were Wolves, along with Hannah Caughlin, Stephen Cracknell and Sam Genders [formally of Tunng]. In 2010, he released two solo EPs on Amy Winehouse's Lioness Records.[7] Recorded entirely by Bailey and his guitar, the debut EP 2am Rough Tracks was released on 23 September, following its recording some weeks before. The EP consisted of "Your Heart's Not Safe", "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want". This was followed by a second three track EP So Down, Cold, released on 29 November, featuring the tracks; "Fool Boy", "Breaking Out" and "So Down, Cold".[8] Bailey signed to Polydor Records earlier the same year.[9]

Bailey has been performing around the world with Chase & Status since 2010. Bailey co-wrote & performed on their single Blind Faith, released on 21 January 2011 in the UK, where it debuted at number five in the charts; it also featured on their second album No More Idols. They then collaborated on the single Big Man, released 16 October 2012, which reached #13 on the UK Dance Chart and appears on some editions of follow-up album Brand New Machine.

His debut solo single "You Better Leave Me" was released by Polydor on 2 March 2011; it was supported by British DJ Zane Lowe. His EP It's Not the Same followed on 3 July, to positive reviews. [10][11][12] A tour with Jessie J took place the same year. Bailey's prospective debut album Out Of The Shadows was recorded, produced by Salaam Remi, and scheduled for issue in September 2011 but Polydor unexpectedly pulled the release.[13]

His next single "Please Love Me" was released on New York's Truth and Soul Records in 2012.[14] A previous release on the label had been credited to The Dynamic Set (featuring Liam Bailey).[15][16] Bailey then worked with DJ Fresh on the song "Don't Tell Me", released in October on Fresh's album Nextlevelism.

Following a break with Polydor, 2013 saw the re-release of "When Will They Learn" on Speakerbox, MistaJam's Ministry of Sound imprint,[17][18] complete with remixes by Shadow Child and others. The video was shot with Bailey's friends in Nottingham for the relatively small sum of £1,750.[19] Manager Sarah Stennett told HitQuarters that its homegrown, low-key nature was a perfect fit saying: "The video with Liam is amazing because his friends capture him so well. He was signed to a major label previously and they never quite captured it."[19]

Bailey's collaboration with Shy FX, "Soon Come" reached #6 on the UK Indie Chart in 2013 and received praise from David Rodigan, Zane Lowe, and Annie Mac. His track "Save Some Love" was made available for free download in September the same year.[20] Bailey has stated that he intends his long-awaited debut album to have a "heavy soul, duppy rock" sound.[21]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
2am Rough Tracks
So Down, Cold
  • Released: 29 November 2010[23]
  • Label: Lioness Records
  • Formats: Digital download
It's Not The Same


As lead artist[edit]

Year Single
2010 "I Belong" [A]
2011 "You Better Leave Me"
2011 "It's Not The Same"
2011 "When Will They Learn"
2012 "Please Love Me"
2013 "When Will They Learn"
  • A - The track was released as a free download from his website.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album

2011 "Blind Faith"
(Chase & Status featuring Liam Bailey)
5 1 24 No More Idols
2012 "Breathe"
(Delilah featuring Liam Bailey)
87 From the Roots Up
"Big Man"
(Chase & Status featuring Liam Bailey)
68 Brand New Machine
2013 "Soon Come"
(Shy FX featuring Liam Bailey)
55 18 Cornerstone


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  7. ^ Lester, Paul (11 June 2010). "New band of the day – No 806: Liam Bailey". The Guardian (London). 
  8. ^ Liam Bailey: Soul pride
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  19. ^ a b "Interview with Sarah Stennett (part 2)". HitQuarters. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
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  22. ^ 2am Rough Tracks: Liam Bailey: MP3 Downloads
  23. ^ So Down, Cold: Liam Bailey: MP3 Downloads
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  25. ^ 5 February 2011 - UK Singles Chart - Top 40 The Official Charts Company, Retrieved 2011-01-31.
  26. ^ 5 February 2011 - UK Dance Chart - Top 40 The Official Charts Company, Retrieved 2011-01-31.
  27. ^ Denmark Singles Chart - Chase & Status ft. Liam Bailey 'Blind Faith' - Chart Details, Retrieved 2011-03-04.

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