As today’s next big thing, 23-year-old British singer-songwriter James Bay is taking performing to the next level. I’m trying to make songs that make people feel something and, if I’m lucky, even move them,” Bay explains on his website.
Bay started loving guitars in his early adolescent years when he noticed his dad’s old guitar. The hobby swiftly turned into an obsession, with the neighbors constantly asking him to turn down his amp. “I was cranking it up!” he remembers. “I was trying to make the windows shake!” One evening would prove particularly life changing.
Almost one year after Bay began work on his debut album, the final product is almost on the shelves. Recorded in Nashville’s prestigious Blackbird Studios with Kings of Leon’s long term collaborator and Tom Waits engineer Jacquire King, whom Bay found after flipping over a Kings of Leon CD and finding his name, “He was at the top of the list,” says Bay. This year James Bay will be at Scotland’s “T in the Park,” a show opening up for Stevie Wonder at London’s Clapham Common, as well as opening for Hozier on tour in the U.S. this fall.