JAMES BAY has unveiled the official video for “Hold Back the River” on VEVO. Watch it here!
The song precedes the release of the UK singer-songwriter’s critically acclaimed forthcoming Hold Back the River EP [Republic Records] out digitally on November 24, 2014. Pre-order it here: http://smarturl.it/JamesBayTheRiver
The title track once again highlights his soulful vocals for another epic anthem from this young troubadour. In addition to a striking live performance of the single, the EP also includes new songs “Sparks” and “Wait In Line”.
Recently, BAY turned heads with an unforgettable performance at London’s iTunes Music Festival, playing right before pop superstar Jessie J. Moreover, he took the stage at the world wide live streamed Burberry’s Prosum Spring/Summer Fashion Show, transforming gatekeepers into believers as he performed in front of hundreds of fashion’s elite. Continuing a strong relationship with BBC, he played on the BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge, hosted by Fearne Cotton, giving audiences a treat with his own rendition of Haim’s “Forever.”
Across the pond, he’s been making a whole lot of headlines. Recently, BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe named “Hold Back the River” as the “Hottest Record in the World” and “Single of the Week.” Radio One has been a longtime supporter of BAY’s music as each time his previous hit song, “Let It Go” was played, it became “the most Shazam’ed track in real time”. He’s also hit #1 on HypeMachine’s Overall Popular Chart twice.
He’s been drawing fervent acclaim from his current tour sold out tour supporting chart-topping Irish sensation Hozier as well. L.A. Record wrote, “The utterly charming and dynamic JAMES BAY, from Hitchin, UK, left a little bit of his heart at the alter when he started the night”, and Spinning Jenni said, “He puts such passion and emotion into each song, like he’s playing it for the first time instead of the hundred and first”.
As far as the recorded music goes, Evening Standard also claimed, “(James Bay has) the mature feel of a much more established artist and could be filed between your Passenger album and Ed Sheeran’s weepier moments,” while New York Times wrote, “In the last few years, the variety of British singer-songwriters has grown to encompass soul crooners, folk howlers, and modest whisperers. Somehow, JAMES BAY is all of those things and more”. People named it him of “People’s Picks,” Consequence of Sound called his music, “a captivating listen through and through”, and Clash said, “Rising songwriter continues to impress”. Finally, The New York Times featured BAY in their recent “Sunday Playlist”, while he also garnered recent features in Harpers Bazaar UK, InStyle Germany, Yahoo! Lifestyle UK, and more from his head turning show at Burberry.
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 performing iconic venues including opening for The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, opening for two sold out tour swith Kodaline, John Newman and Tom Odell. 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. BAY is now set to kick off his second sold out headlining tour of the UK.
Hold Back The River Tracklisting:
1. Hold Back The River
3. Wait In Line
4. Hold Back the River (Live At The Hotel Café)
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10/26 Chicago, IL Metro
10/28 Toronto, CAN Phoenix Theatre
10/29 Montreal, CAN Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
10/31 Boston, MA Paradise
11/1 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
11/4 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
11/5 New York, NY Irving Plaza
11/6 New York, NY Irving Plaza
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