Liam Bailey

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Liam Bailey
Born 1983
Nottingham, England

Liam Bailey is an English musician from Nottingham, England.[1] Bailey co-wrote and performed on the 2011 top 5 Chase & Status single "Blind Faith"; he has also collaborated with DJ Fresh, Delilah, Shy FX and others. His debut album Definitely Now was released in August 2014.

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]


Liam Bailey started performing with Nottingham hip hop group 1st Blood[7] in the early 2000s, featuring on their album Riddle Me This in 2003, and subsequent releases, including Beats4thePeople (2005) and The Blood Drop Agenda (2011).[8]

In 2008, Bailey participated in folk collective The Accidental, along with Hannah Caughlin, Stephen Cracknell and Sam Genders (formerly of Tunng). They released an album There Were Wolves on Thrill Jockey Records.[9] In 2010, he released two solo EPs on Amy Winehouse's Lioness Records.[3] 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".[10] Bailey signed to Polydor Records earlier the same year.[11]

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.[12][13][14] A tour with Jessie J took place the same year, and Bailey also collaborated with folk rock group The Memory Band on song "Demon Days", a track from their album Oh My Days, later used on the soundtrack to film Third Star.

Bailey's prospective debut album Out Of The Shadows[15] was recorded, produced by Salaam Remi, and scheduled for issue in September 2011 but Polydor unexpectedly pulled the release.[2]

His next single "Please Love Me" was released on New York's Truth and Soul Records in 2012.[16] A previous release on the label had been credited to "The Dynamic Set (featuring Liam Bailey)".[17][18] Bailey also collaborated with Delilah on an alternate version of her single Breathe, available on download single. He 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,[19][20] 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.[21] 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."[21]

Bailey's collaboration with Shy FX, "Soon Come" reached #6 on the UK Indie Chart in August 2013 and received praise from David Rodigan, Zane Lowe, and Annie Mac. They also collaborated on an EP as "Project Maldonado"[22] which was released for download on SoundCloud. A new solo track "Save Some Love" was made available for free download in September the same year.

His debut album Definitely Now was released in the US in August 2014 on Flying Buddha/Sony,[23][24][25][26] with download single On My Mind available with pre-order. In an interview with Wondering Sound, Bailey explains how "it’s been torture trying to figure out which way to go" in terms of musical direction.[27] 'Definitely Now' shows that he has now found his sound, and is described by Wondering Sound as "sweet Daptone soul infused with blues moods, Oasis riffage, Sam Cooke grooves and light Jamaican accents".[27]

In 2016, Bailey was revealed to be working in collaboration with British virtual band Gorillaz for their upcoming studio album. In December 2016 "Love my neighbours" became record of the week on Black Country Radio.[28][29][30][31]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
2am Rough Tracks
So Down, Cold
  • Released: 29 November 2010[33]
  • Label: Lioness Records
  • Formats: Digital download
It's Not The Same
Definitely Now
  • Released 19 August 2014[35]
  • Label: Flying Buddha/Sony Masterworks
  • Formats: Digital download, CD (In US only)


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"
2014 "On My Mind (In US)"
2014 "Villain" (featuring. A$AP Ferg)
2016 "Love my neighbours"
  • 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)
"Big Man"
(Chase & Status featuring Liam Bailey)
68 Brand New Machine
2013 "Soon Come"
(Shy FX featuring Liam Bailey)
55 18 Cornerstone
2015 "Revelation"
(Breakage featuring Liam Bailey)
When the Night Comes


  1. ^ Oakes, M. Gosho (June 10, 2010). "The New Soul Of Nottingham: Introducing Liam Bailey". SoulCulture. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Phillips, Noel (July 21, 2013). "Exclusive Interview With Liam Bailey: ‘Somebody Told Me That I Had to Do Soul And Reggae Because I Was Black’". The Independent. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Lester, Paul (June 11, 2010). "New Band of the Day –Liam Bailey (No 806)". London: Guardian News. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Lewis, Pete. "Feature - Liam Bailey: Soul Pride". B&S. Blues & Soul Magazine. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Ositelu, Tola (November 23, 2010). "Liam Bailey: "I Don’t Want to Be Famous… I Want to Have a Pint With Liam Gallagher"". SoulCulture. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Brie. "LargeUp Audio: Shy FX & Liam Bailey Invoke Classic Reggae On "Soon Come"". Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "1st Blood Discography at Discogs". 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  8. ^ "Music | 1st Blood Records". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  9. ^ "Thrill Jockey". Thrill Jockey. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  10. ^ "Liam Bailey: Soul pride". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  11. ^ "BBC - Nottingham artist Liam Bailey signs to Hendrix label". BBC News. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  12. ^ "Liam Bailey - It's Not The Same EP review > Music Reviews > Music". Purple Revolver. 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  13. ^ "Liam Bailey – It’s Not The Same EP review – SB.TV – The UK's leading online youth broadcaster". 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  14. ^ Rainsforth, Lara (2011-05-28). "Liam Bailey // Its Not The Same (Review)". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  15. ^ Andy Kellman. "Out of the Shadows [Unreleased] - Liam Bailey | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  16. ^ "Please Love Me b/w On My Mind". Truth and Soul Records. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  17. ^ "Dynamic Set, The Feat. Liam Bailey - When Will They Learn (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  18. ^ "45: The Dynamic Set feat. Liam Bailey – When Will They Learn". Funkalicious. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  19. ^ "Liam Bailey - When Will They Learn | Singles | Ministry of Sound Australia". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  20. ^ "Liam Bailey". Turn First Artists. 2014-08-18. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  21. ^ a b "Interview with Sarah Stennett (part 2)". HitQuarters. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Project Maldonado". Project Maldonado. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  23. ^ "Definitely Now - Liam Bailey | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  24. ^ "Liam Bailey "Definitely NOW" – Album Review". 2014-08-17. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  25. ^ "LIAM BAILEY Drops New Single 'On My Mind;' Album 'Definitely Now' Out 8/19 - BWWMusicWorld". 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  26. ^ "Listen To What’s On Liam Bailey’s ‘Mind’". SoulBounce. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  27. ^ a b "Liam Bailey Interview". Wondering Sound. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  28. ^ Niles, Jon. "New Gorillaz Album Teased in Instagram Photos, Videos by Jamie Hewlett". Music Times. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  29. ^ "JAMIE HEWLETT TEASES GORILLAZ STUDIO FOOTAGE". DIY Magazine. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  30. ^ Trendell, Andrew. "AWESOME NEWS FOR FANS OF GORILLAZ". Gigwise. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  31. ^ Young, Alex. "Work is well underway on Gorillaz’s new album". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  32. ^ "2am Rough Tracks: Liam Bailey: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  33. ^ "So Down, Cold: Liam Bailey: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  34. ^ "Music News - LIAM BAILEY - IT'S NOT THE SAME EP / Fred Perry Subculture". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
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  36. ^ "2011-02-05 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive". Official Charts. 2011-02-05. Archived from the original on February 3, 2011. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  37. ^ "2011-02-05 Top 40 Dance Singles Archive". Official Charts. 2011-02-05. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  38. ^ Steffen Hung. "Chase & Status feat. Liam Bailey - Blind Faith". Retrieved 2014-08-25. 

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