With his wide-brimmed hat, leather jacket, and guitar in hand, it’s easy to pick James Bay out of crowd. However, the UK singer-songwriter’s voice remains equally distinct. The delicate delivery, breathtaking tone and unparalleled guitar skills made his Republic Records debut album, Chaos And The Calm, one to be remembered. Upon its 2015 release, the album arrived in the Top 15 of the Billboard Top 200, #1 on iTunes Top Singer/Songwriter Albums Chart, and hit singles “Hold Back The River” and “Let It Go” were certified platinum.
Bay went on to sell over 2.5 million albums worldwide, was the biggest new artist album release that year in the UK, certified Gold in the US, Germany, Australia, Austria, France, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand, platinum in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, & Sweden and double platinum in the UK. VEVO DSCVR placed him among their “Ones to Watch 2015” and VH1 gave him the “You Oughta Know” distinction, while BuzzFeed, Spotify, Blackbook, Yahoo Music, Mashable, Huffington Post, Shazam all hailed James as an “Artist to Watch” for 2015.
In addition to performances on The 57th Annual Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Live with Kelly and Michael, CBS Saturday Morning and Late Night with Seth Meyers, everybody from The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, and Rolling Stone to InStyle, and Nylon have extolled Bay.
After receiving the BRIT’s Critics Choice award for 2015, BAY has gone on to receive a win for “Best Male Solo Artist” at the BRITS, International Newcomer at the ECHO Awards, “Best New Act” at the Q Awards and was nominated for “Best New” and “Best PUSH” at the MTV EMA and a MTV VMA for “Best New Act” and received three Grammy nominations for “Best New Artist,” “Best Rock Song,” and “Best Rock Album.” Moreover, he’s sold out venues across the globe with headlining shows, international festival performances and more.