James Bay returns with brand new single 'Wild Love'
JAMES BAY RETURNS WITH NEW SINGLE “WILD LOVE”
James Bay has returned with his brilliant new single, “Wild Love”. Debuting last night as “Hottest Record In The World” on Radio 1’s Annie Mac show, “Wild Love” is the first new music from Bay since his internationally acclaimed, multi-million selling, BRIT and Ivor-winning, triple GRAMMY® nominated debut album, Chaos & The Calm (2015). To coincide with the song’s release, Bay has just announced an intimate London show at Brixton Electric on 15th March, ahead of a run of US and Canada dates this spring.
Composed in East London’s Baltic Studios, Bay co-wrote and co-produced the track with his longtime friend and collaborator Jon Green and brought Paul Epworth [Adele, Florence and The Machine] in to add final production elements.
While some fans might think “Wild Love” a new sound for Bay, on this he explains: “I know some of this new sound was not apparent on my first album – there were hints, perhaps – but I think my new music helps to paint a fuller picture of who I am. As soon as I recognised I was being pinned down as ‘the intimate acoustic guitar guy’ I realised I knew I had to push myself musically. I want it as part of my arsenal, but I don’t want that solely to define me I’m not there yet, but hope that this new music can do for songwriters, loosely, what Drake and Chance The Rapper are doing for their genre: tearing up the rule book.”
Of the song, Bay says: “Wild Love is about the experience of falling for someone. Something you can feel immediately when you meet them for the first time, or which rekindles throughout a relationship. It’s also about yearning for someone – whether that’s the person you can’t keep your eyes off across the room, or in my experience, the person you don’t stop thinking about wherever you are in the world.”
Bay has already confirmed several UK festival performances this summer, including Isle of Wight and TRNSMT, and today announced the details for an intimate show at Brixton Electric on 15th March, tickets for which go on sale next Friday, 16th Feb. This will be followed by a North American headline tour, which sees him perform at venues coast-to-coast.
James Bay is the definition of a modern day rock star. Following the release of his debut album Chaos And The Calm, featuring—“Hold Back The River” and “Let It Go”— BAY was nominated for “Best Rock Album,” Best Rock Song,” and “Best New Artist” at the 2016 Grammy Awards. In the UK, the record became the “Biggest New Artist Album Release” of that year and has been certified Gold in the United States, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, platinum in Canada, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, double platinum in the UK and has sold nearly 3.5 million albums in global consumption, and 2.7 billion streams worldwide. Receiving the BRIT’s Critics Choice award in 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” & “Best Solo Artist” at the Q Awards, “Most Performed Work” at the Ivor Novello Awards and was nominated for “Best New” & “Best PUSH” at the MTV EMA’s and a MTV VMA for “Best New Act.” On the other side of the globe, he has received a nod for “Best International Artist” at the ARIA Awards in Australia. In addition to selling out shows and performing at festivals across the globe, BAY lent a new version of his song “Running” for the 2016 Sports Relief charity, is an advocate for the international non-profit Wateraid, designed his own signature line for Topman, and Epiphone created the Limited Edition James Bay Signature “1966 Century” Guitar in his name.
February 9, 2018 7:29am ET by Virgin EMI