Friday December 13, 2019

The perfectionist

After many thankless gigs in dingy venues, singer James Bay came to the attention of an international record company, was signed up, toured the US with Hozier and is coming to terms with a whirlwind year and a half

21st August, 2015
James Bay. Picture: Getty

Life has dealt singer James Bay a winning hand. The chart-topping Englishman has a sweet, expressive voice, Johnny Depp-grade cheek-bones and a talent for Ed Sheeran-esque sensitive-dude pop. Add stardom to the mix and it’s hard not to conclude he has led a charmed existence.

As 24-year-old Bay is quick to point out, however, there has been plenty of struggle too. His public persona is of a humble jobbing musician – merely another...

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