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BRIT AWARD-WINNING & GRAMMY® AWARD-NOMINATED JAMES BAY ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM LEAP OUT JULY 8

LEAP FEATURES COLLABORATIONS WITH GRAMMY WINNING PRODUCERS & SONGWRITERS INCLUDING DAVE COBB, IAN FITCHUK, JOEL LITTLE, FOY VANCE, FINNEAS AND MORE


SHARES BRAND NEW SINGLE “ONE LIFE”
TODAY

 

(James Bay Leap Album Artwork)

 

 

New York, NY (May 13, 2022) – Three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and BRIT Award-winning multi-platinum singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist James Bay will release his highly anticipated third full-length album, Leap, on July 8th via Mercury/Republic Records.

 

Pre-order and pre-save Leap.

 

For Leap, Bay worked with some of the most sought after producers and songwriters in a mixture of in person and remote sessions in Nashville & London including Foy Vance [Ed Sheeran], Dave Cobb [Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton], Ian Fitchuk  [Kacey Musgraves, Brett Eldredge], Joel Little [Lorde, Taylor Swift] & Finneas [Billie Eilish, The Knocks]. Check out the full tracklist below!

 

To herald the arrival of the record, he just shared a brand-new single entitled “One Life. Bay previewed the single this week with a heartfelt note on socials talking about the inspiration behind the song - his relationship with his longtime girlfriend Lucy.  On the song Bay said: “This is a song I wrote about me and Lucy. We first got together at 16 and have been together ever since. She’s supported me since day 1. From open mic nights, right through to my biggest shows. It’s been one adventure after another, but now we’re on the biggest one of all.  Raising our beautiful daughter Ada.”

 

Listen to "One Life" HERE



Watch the "One Life" Official Lyric Video HERE

 

To announce the album and this next chapter, Bay shared a powerful letter on social media where he talked about his mental journey towards the making of this next body of work. Read the letter below and on social media– HERE.

 

It arrives on the heels of “Give Me The Reason.The latter has already gathered nearly 8 million global streamsand right out of the gate, Rolling Stone detailed how the single captures that feeling of being on the verge of letting go of someone, while looking for any excuse to give it another try.NME dubbed it “bittersweet, and mxdwn noted, “the song opens up with his iconic voice that ignites the listener.“Give Me The Reason” was recorded at both Blackbird studios in Nashville and in London with producer Gabe Simon [Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5, Calum Scott] and co-written with Foy Vance and features Ian Fitchuk on drums.

 

This summer James will be joining The Lumineers on their 2022 Brightside World Tour where he will be joining them on nine dates including Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on September 1st and Chicago’s Wrigley Field on September 3rd. See full dates below.

 

James Bay Press Photo: PC Julia Broad

 

FROM JAMES BAY
In 2019 I was really struggling. I started writing songs to try and help me deal with fear, anxiety and problems with self-confidence. Feelings that run deep, that I’ve never wanted to share. Somehow, it all turned into some of the most hopeful and uplifting music I have ever made.

 

I didn’t realize I was only halfway through making my third album when I came across John Burroughs’ quote “leap and the net will appear”. It was in a book about creative rediscovery and those words really sparked something in me. I was reading it because I was lost, feeling worthless. By 2020 I’d written a new batch of sad songs. I recorded them and thought the record was done. Then suddenly the world shut down and I couldn’t tour my new music. All I could do was stay home and write more. That’s when the album really started to take shape. It turns out there is light to be found even in the darkest moments.

 

I spend a lot of time (too much time) tangled up in negative thoughts. It’s so easy to spiral. But during all that extra time writing, I decided to embrace my sadness rather than fight it and I began to recognize what lifts me up when things get tough. Suddenly I was pushing the boundaries of my writing in ways I never had before. I looked around at the people in my life that love and care about me the most and for the first time ever, I found a way to write from that emotion. I’ve always been afraid to go to those places, be that vulnerable; to say I love you, I need you and thank you in my writing.

 

It was so freeing to celebrate those people in my life that I love the most, that hold me up when I really need it. They’re the ones who give me the courage to go for it, to dare. When I can’t see the net, they give me the courage to leap.

 

Leap Tracklist

  1. “Give Me The Reason”
  2. “Nowhere Left To Go”
  3. “Save Your Love”
  4. “Everyone Needs Someone”
  5. “One Life”
  6. “Silent Love”
  7. “Love Don’t Hate Me”
  8. “Brilliant Still”
  9. “Right Now”
  10. “We Used To Shine”
  11. “Endless Summer Nights”
  12. “Better”

 

 

James Bay 2022 Tour Dates:

Sunday 01-May 

Empire, Coventry

Tuesday 03-May 

Chalk, Brighton

Wednesday 04-May  

O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

Thursday 05-May

UEA LCR, Norwich

Friday 06-May

O2 Academy, Leicester

Sunday 08-May

Asylum, Hull

Monday 09-May

The Middlesbrough Empire, Middlesbrough

Wednesday 11-May

City Halls & Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

Thursday 12-May

Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen

Friday 13-May

Leadmill, Sheffield

Sunday 15-May

The Watering Hole, Perranporth

Friday 20-May

Radio City Hits Live, Liverpool

Saturday 28-May

Victoria Park, Warrington

   

Thursday 02-June  

Big Stage @ 1886, Douglas

Saturday 04-Jun

Argovia-Fäscht, Switzerland

Sunday 05-Jun 

Wild Roots Festival, Ireland

Saturday 11-June

Worcester Racecourse, Worcester

   

Friday 01-July

Barn On The Farm, Gloucester

   

US Tour Dates (with The Lumineers)

 

   

 

Wednesday 17-August 

Bok Center, Tulsa OK           

 

Friday 19th August

American Airlines Center, Dallas TX             

 

Saturday 20-August 

Moody Center, Austin TX                  

 

Wednesday 23-August

Amway Centre, Orlando FL

 

Thursday 24-August

Enmarket Arena, Savannah GA

 

Saturday 26-August

State Farm Arena, Atlanta GA

 

Sunday 27-August

Spectrum Center, Charlotte NC

 

Thursday 31-August

KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY

 

   

 

Friday 01-September

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville TN

 

Saturday 03-September

Wrigley Field, Chicago IL                    

 

Tuesday 06-September

Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids MI