James Bay has released an acoustic video for the first single from his second EP, Let It Go.
Only available in the U.S. If You Ever Want to Be in Love is a bright and unforgettable anthem that showcases his immense range. The official follow-up to his critically acclaimed U.S. debut, last year’s The Dark of the Morning, If You Ever Want to Be in Love is the lead single off of the Let It Go EP. Here in the UK, Let It Go has already hit number 1 on the iTunes Top Singer/Songwriter Albums Chart while the title track rose to number 1 overall on Hype Machine twice.
Let It Go EP also features the heartfelt title track which stands emblematic of his songwriting prowess and artful lyricism. For both Let It Go and If You Ever Want To Be In Love, he enlisted the production talents of Jacquire King [Kings of Leon, Of Monsters and Men, Tom Waits] while mixing was handled by Michael Brauer [John Mayer, Coldplay].
Bay is also gearing up to support Irish sensation Hozier on his U.S. tour this fall. 2014 also sees him make his debut at prestigious UK festivals Glastonbury on June 27 and T in the Park on July 11. Bay remains a magnetic performer on stage, consistently captivating audiences with his powerful presence.
James Bay hails from the tiny town of Hitchin but he cut his teeth during rapturous sets at London’s famed Blue Flowers Club as well as Notting Hill Arts Club in addition to supporting both Laura Mvula and Rae Morris. It was at one of these very performances that a fan filmed his set and shared the video on YouTube. The video quickly caught the attention of Republic Records who ended up flying Bay to New York and signing him on the spot.
Hailing from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, James was discovered by Republic Records after a fan uploaded a video of him performing in a Kentish Town pub to YouTube. After months of playing open mic nights in both Brighton and London, James was flown to New York and signed his record deal. In 2013 he released Dark of the Morning EP and is set to release new music this year. He has supported John Newman, Kodaline, Tom Odell, Beth Orton and The Rolling Stones at their 2013 Hyde Park shows.
James Bay’s new single Let It Go was produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Of Monsters and Men) and is a heartfelt bookend to a past relationship which James admits was “super personal and quite hard to write. It outlines the point in a relationship where you think that you should perhaps put it all to bed. We tried it again and we tried really hard. Maybe we can just be friends and let it go. It’s really honest and I got something off my chest.”
As Bay said this song is really personal and this can be felt in the way that he sings it. There’s true emotion and passion in this voice. You’d have to have a heart made of stone not to have a tear in your eye at the end of this song. His lyrics are beautiful, “From throwing clothes across the floor/To teeth and claws and slamming doors at you/If this is all we’re living for/Why are we doing it doing it doing it anymore?/I used to recognise myself it’s funny how reflections change/We’re becoming something else I think it’s time to walk away”. Bay’s voice is reminiscent of James Morrison’s with hints of soul and blues influences. It’s strong, dynamic and interesting. His style is unique – you’ll be instantly attracted to his music.
Let It Go is out now.
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