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It seems as if ALL the great talented musicians are coming from the U.K. or Ireland: Adele, Sam Smith, Hozier, Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne and more. Now there is one more amazing artist to add to that list: James Bay. You may have already heard his song, “Hold Back The River”. It’s the first single off his debut album, Chaos and the Calm, and it was fairy popular in the U.S.- was #16 at one point on the Billboard Top 40 music chart. “Hold Back the River” was a great way for James Bay to introduce himself to the world because the song shows just how gifted he really is. 


James grew up in England and was inspired to start playing the acoustic guitar after listening to Eric Clapton. He began performing at open mic nights which helped him realize he wanted to pursue music professionally. Like all great modern musicians, James was discovered on YouTube and signed to a label. Two EP’s and a full album later, James is now a solidified force in the UK music scene. What also really catapulted James’ popularity was him touring with Hozier in 2014.


James has three Grammy nominations to look forward to next month at the awards show. Best Rock Song for Hold Back the River, Best Rock Album for Chaos and the Calm, and Best New Artist. I really think James Bay is going to take the Best New Artist award home. His music is beyond his years, and you can’t even believe that this guy only JUST started putting out albums. A Beautiful voice and superb song writing make his songs special. 


Let It Go is the 2nd single and every time I hear it, it puts me in a very relaxed mood. You will enjoy:



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