James Bay (singer)
Bay performing live in Gibraltar in 2015
|Birth name||James Michael Bay|
|Born||4 September 1990|
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
James Michael Bay (born 4 September 1990) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. In 2014, he released his single "Hold Back the River", which has been 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.
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". and he used an old rusty guitar with five strings he found in a cupboard in his house. 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.
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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. Bay 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 has also been certified X2 platinum.
He recorded a cover of the Beatles song “Hey Bulldog” for the 2016 TV series Beat Bugs. Bay 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.
He released his second studio album, Electric Light, on 18 May 2018. It peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and 21 on the US Billboard 200. The album has notable pop and R&B influences, and was noted for its 'hip hip style spoken-word skits' during intervals. The lead single, Wild Love, was released on 8 February 2018, and peaked at 39 on the UK Singles Chart and 17 on the US Adults Top 40. Bay released a duet version of the album's third single, Us, performed on The Voice with Alicia Keys in May 2018.
James returned to Nashville to record his third album in Spring 2020 (release date TBC). He worked on the album in the historic RCA Studio A, where Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley etc recorded and said "the history of that room was insane." Speaking to NME he said “I think the lyrics and the vulnerability are where I’ve pushed the boundaries the most on this record and it’s a new kind of very personal songwriting,” he says of his third record. He worked with producer Dave Cobb, and has said to been writing with an all star roster of musicians, including Brandon Flowers of The Killers. 
Bay endorses and plays Tone King amplifiers, a boutique amplifier brand of Premier Builders Guild. In 2017, Bay 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.
- Studio albums
- 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)
Awards and nominations
|2015||Brit Awards||Critics' Choice||Himself||Won|||
|MTV UK||Brand New for 2015||Himself||Nominated|||
|BBC||BBC Sound of 2015||Himself||Nominated|||
|MTV Video Music Awards||Artist to Watch||"Hold Back the River"||Nominated|||
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best New Act||Himself||Nominated|
|Best Push Act||Nominated|
|GQ Men of The Year||Breakthrough Solo Artist||Himself||Won|||
|Q Awards||Best New Act||Himself||Won|||
|2016||Grammy Awards||Best New Artist||Himself||Nominated|
|Best Rock Album||Chaos and the Calm||Nominated|
|Best Rock Song||"Hold Back the River"||Nominated|
|BRIT Awards||British Breakthrough Act||Himself||Nominated|
|British Male Solo Artist||Won|
|British Single of the Year||"Hold Back the River"||Nominated|
|British Album of the Year||Chaos and the Calm||Nominated|
|Echo Music Prize||Best International Newcomer||Himself||Won|||
|Ivor Novello Awards||Most Performed Work||"Hold Back the River"||Won|||
|Q Awards||Best Solo Artist||Himself||Won|||
|2019||GAFFA-Prisen Awards||Best International Artist||Nominated|||
|Best International Album||Electric Light||Nominated|
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- "MTV's Brand New For 2015 Nominees announced". MTV. 24 November 2014.
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