The year has only just started, but this must be THE comeback of the year: James Bay is ready to return. In case you forgot how good he is, we made a list of his 10 best live performances.
10. When We Were On Fire @ Burburing Prorsum, 2014
Put James Bay on a stage during a fashion show and he will steal the show, no matter how special your clothes are. He looks a little lost in the big venuewith so much happening around him, but his voice is beautifully steady and that makes his presence all the more remarkable.
9. Scars @ Vevo Lift, 2015
Playing with his band definitely has a reinforcing factor, but the beginning of ‘Scars’ shows how talented James can be entirely on his own, too. It is amazing how this song develops near the end, when the band joins him on stage.
8. If You Ever Want To Be In Love @ Sydney Opera House (Busking), 2015
Even though the sound of the video is awful, this performance of ‘If You Ever Want To Be In Love’ is so lovely. It makes you long for summer, though the song itself is quite sad.
7. Running @ Brighton Dome, 2015
‘Running’, featured on the EP Other Sides, is not James’ most well-known song, but he plays it a lot during shows. This performance, during his Chaos and the Calm tour, almost sounds like gospel when the audience joins him!
6. Let It Go (ft. Ed Sheeran) @ Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2015
What a dream to see Ed Sheeran join James Bay on stage! Two of the biggest singer-songwriters of the UK join forces to sing one of James’biggest hits.When the audience takes over to sing the chorus, when the audience takes over to sing the chorus, we can see how happy both James and Ed are being on a stage.These collaborations should happen more often!
5. Best Fake Smile @ Austin City Limits, 2016
A lot of James Bay’s songs are a bit more mellow and emotional, but he’s definitelynot afraid of writing something more uptempo and raging. The change from intro to the first verse of ‘Best Fake Smile’ blows you away and it seems to cost him no effort at all.
4. FourFiveSeconds (cover)@ BBC Live Lounge, 2015
Not really live with audience and all, but still too good not to share. His clear voice with a raw edge is perfect for Rihanna and Kanye’s ‘FourFiveSeconds’.
3. Need The Sun To Break @ Dingwalls London, 2014
It’s insane how loud the audience is during this performance. We won’t make this a plea about silence during concerts, but man, it’s almost hard to ignore it. Still, this version of ‘Need The Sun To Break’ is amazing!
2. Incomplete @ Salt Lake City, 2015
The person who uploaded this video calls James a very talented and genuine guy and we can’t agree more. It can’t be much longer before we hear some new songs fromthe Brit and we can only hope for songs as good as the ones on his first album/EPs.
1. Hold Back The River @BRIT Awards 2016
His most successful single to date is of course ‘Hold Back The River’. The song was written when he felt not only a physical distance, but also an emotional distance from his family and friends. He couldn’t get that feeling on paper until the moment he was about to give up. We’re very thankful he didn’t give up!