James Bay
Number of songs: 6 | Total weeks on charts: 517
Appearing in a total number of: 37 charts | Total period running: 1171 days

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 was brought up in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and 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 5 strings he found in a cupboard in his house. When he moved to study in Brighton seven years later at age 18 he gained a greater education from playing 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 was 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 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.
Bay performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival in June 2015.
At the 2016 Brit Awards in London on 24 February, Bay 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 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.
Bay is an advocate for the international non-profit, WaterAid.
In August 2017, Bay released his fashion collection with Topman, #jamesbayxtopman.

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.

Chaos and the Calm (2015)
Electric Light (2018)
Sources:, Wikipedia

James Bay in the news
James Bay Performs "Beast Of Burden" Duet With The Rolling Stones! (21/06/2018) EW Premieres 'Younger' Video From Actress/Singer Alicia Witt (15/06/2018)
The Collier Announce New Track "Loose Hearts" Produced By Ali Staton (15/06/2018) Jonas Blue Releases Highly Anticipated Summer Anthem "Rise", Featuring US Sensations Jack & Jack (27/05/2018)
BBC Music Introducing LIVE 18 Launches With Support Of UK Music Industry Bodies (17/05/2018) James Bay Releases New Track & Video For "Slide"; New Album 'Electric Light' Out May 18, 2018 (14/05/2018)
James Bay Releases New Track & Video For "Slide" (10/05/2018) Florence + The Machine's Album 'High As Hope' Out June 29, 2018; New Single "Hunger" Debuts Now! (04/05/2018)
James Bay Shares Emotional Music Video For New Single "Us" (19/04/2018) truth Partners With Epiphone To Donate Custom Guitars To High Schools In Regions Most Heavily Impacted By Tobacco (09/04/2018)
James Bay Premieres "Us" Vertical Video On Spotify (07/04/2018) Florence & The Machine, Shawn Mendes And Demi Lovato To Perform At BBC Music's The Biggest Weekend As The Incredible Line-Up Gets Even Bigger (06/04/2018)
James Bay Releases Fan Favorite Single "Us"; New Album Electric Light Arrives May 18, 2018 (31/03/2018) Natalie Prass To Release 'The Future And The Past' June 1 On ATO Records (26/02/2018)
Drake's 'God's Plan' Makes It Four Weeks At No 1 Of The UK Singles Chart (18/02/2018)
Songs by James Bay

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