JAMES BAY RELEASES NOSTALGIC NEW SINGLE “ALL MY BROKEN PIECES” OUT NOW
SONG ORIGINALLY WRITTEN 10 YEARS AGO FOR CHAOS AND THE CALM SESSIONS
Stream “All My Broken Pieces” HERE
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19 OCTOBER 2023 (TORONTO, ON) — Today, three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and BRIT Award-winning multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and guitarist James Bay shares a new single entitled “All My Broken Pieces” out now via Mercury/Republic Records/Universal Music Canada. Listen to “All My Broken Pieces”—HERE.
The track has a special place in James’ heart as he wrote the song with with Jamie Hartman and Boots Ottestad ten years ago while he was writing his GRAMMY® Award-nominated album Chaos And The Calm (which featured the now infamous singles “Let It Go” & “Hold Back The River”). Recently when diving back into some old sessions he found the original demo and decided it was finally time to re-record the track, enlisting Gabe Simon to produce it.
Reflecting over the past ten years of shows around the world, awards, personal growth and life changes James’ spoke on the song and said: “When I wrote Broken Pieces I was going through a lot of changes in my life - leaving home, moving into my first place with my girlfriend Lucy, signing a record deal in America. Suddenly I was leaving all the time to travel around the world, I was rarely ever in the same place for more than a week. I somehow felt very vulnerable talking about all of this in songs. It was scary to share that I could feel so broken by experiences that I knew others would’ve killed for. And it felt very revealing to talk about having someone so vital to me who knew how to put me back together when I felt like falling apart. It’s taken a long time but I’ve always loved this song and it feels like it’s finally time to let it out into the world.”
It notably lands in the wake of “Goodbye Never Felt So Bad.” The latter has already reeled in nearly 3 million global streams and earned critical acclaim. NME hailed it as “anthemic,” and American Songwriter praised, “Bay’s latest single mixes vulnerable lyricism with the familiar pop sensibilities that have earned him acclaim since his 2013 debut.” mxdwn applauded it as “a satisfying bit of folk pop featuring a catchy chorus and expectedly strong vocal performance from Bay.”
Produced by Gabe Simon [Noah Kahan] and co-written with Plested [Lewis Capaldi, Dean Lewis], “Goodbye Never Felt So Bad” marked his first release of 2023 and first new music since his 2022 third full-length album, Leap.
James gave fans a sneak peek to the song by performing it live on tour. Earlier this year, he opened up for Bruce Springsteen at London’s own BST Hyde Park. This summer, he completed an extensive North American run joining The Lumineers on tour where he got a chance to preview some of his new songs to fans in real time!
Be on the lookout for more from James Bay very soon!
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About James Bay
James Bay’s music can bring a stadium to its feet or soundtrack the first dance of a wedding. The UK singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer walks a fine line between rafter-reaching rock glory and tenderly eloquent folk songcraft, amplifying his music with universal appeal. Since emerging in 2013, he has received three GRAMMY® Award nominations in addition to collecting two BRIT Awards, two Q Awards, and top honors at the Ivor Novello Awards and ECHO Awards. He’s the rare force just as comfortable duetting with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones or Alicia Keys. His 2014 full-length debut, Chaos and the Calm, went platinum and yielded the 6x-platinum “Let It Go,” platinum “Hold Back The River,” and gold “Need The Sun To Break.” Meanwhile, he earned critical acclaim for Electric Light , Oh My Messy Mind EP , and Leap . Along the way, he delivered standout performances on Saturday Night Live, TODAY, Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Beyond touring with Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, and The Lumineers, he has consistently sold out headline shows around the world. Plus, he has notably collaborated with everyone from Julia Michaels to Maisie Peters. Among dozens of placements, his music can be heard on the Trying: Season 2Soundtrack and the trailer for Spoiler Alert. Epiphone even released a highly Limited-Edition James Bay Signature “1966” guitar. Thus far, he has generated nearly 10 billion total streams and counting. Now, Bay kicks off what promises to be his most undeniable and unforgettable chapter in 2023 with the single “Goodbye Never Felt So Bad” and much more to come.
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