James Bay proves yet again he just may be the king of the slow-burning guitar ballad during his recent visit to the BBC Live Lounge. The “Hold Back the River” singer serves up a bluesy, stripped-down version of his former tour buddy Taylor Swift’s sultry synth track “Delicate.” Bay injects his soulful, signature sound into the song that tells the story of meeting someone who lingers in your mind – but, you worry if they’ll like you back, just for you, despite your reputation.
Bay delivers an intimate performance, with just his electric guitar and an accompanying drummer. At the bridge, he weaves in some lines from Drake’s chart-busting hit “One Dance.” Bay tells BBC host Clara Amfo, “When it comes to the Live Lounge, I’m looking for something that I can put my little twist on. This one connected with me.” Overall, his cover is stunning. Watch his full performance in the video above.
The British native singer-songwriter visited the BBC Live Lounge fresh off the May 18 release of his highly-anticipated second studio album, Electric Light. He also performed “Us” from the album – which he had previously performed with Alicia Keys in a powerful duet on “The Voice” live finale. “Us” is ultimately about finding hope in love to carry you through a dark and despairing time. “Us” follows the album’s first two singles “Wild Love” and “Pink Lemonade,” which he performed on SNL back in March, ahead of the record’s release.
James Bay is currently touring across the UK and Europe to support his new album. He’ll hit the U.S. on the tour this September for two months. Get tickets to select live shows via AXS including a stop at the Masonic Temple Theatre in Detroit on Sept. 29 (Click here to purchase tickets), The Union in Salt Lake City on Oct. 5 (Click here to purchase tickets) and the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on Oct. 14 (Click here to purchase tickets).
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