British singer-songwriter James Bay performed two songs from his highly-anticipated upcoming sophomore album during his “Saturday Night Live” musical guest debut on March 10. Emmy-winning guest host Sterling K. Brown introduced Bay as he performed “Pink Lemonade” and “Wild Love” from his recently announced album, Electric Light, which will drop on May 18.
The three-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter played the first two singles from the album in reverse order of their recent release. He rocked “Pink Lemonade,” the album’s second single first, and was dressed to honor the track, wearing a pink long-sleeved shirt and sequined vest with black leather pants. His hair was notably shorter than the longer tresses he wore during his critically-acclaimed 2015 music breakout.
“Pink Lemonade” is an up-tempo, rock-oriented track in which Bay pleads earnestly with his love in the opening verse “Don't fall into my arms/Don't ask me to repeat it/Don't suffocate my heart/I don't know what I'm feeling ...” He doesn’t want to talk and swears, “I ain’t got anything on my mind” in the chorus. In the bridge, he says he wants to “drink pink lemonade and watch movie trailers ‘til it’s late.” The SNL audience screams and cheers wildly for him as he rakes a hand through his hair at the end of the song.
Bay closes out his dynamic SNL debut with the album’s critically-acclaimed lead single, “Wild Love,” a slow, sultry, R&B-infused ballad. He urgently declares in the chorus, “I wanna give you wild love/The kind that never slows down/I wanna take you high up/Let our hearts be the only sound.”
Per Rolling Stone, Bay promises Electric Light will shake things up a bit from the intimate acoustic stylings of his chart-topping debut album Chaos and The Calm, which earned a Best Rock Album Grammy nomination. He wants to push musical boundaries on the upcoming new album and not let one kind of sound define him. “I'm not there yet, but hope that this new music can do for singer-songwriter, loosely, what Drake and Chance The Rapper are doing for their genre: tearing up the rule book."
Bay gushed about his SNL experience via Twitter, saying, “Wow. It’s been a dream of mine to perform on @nbcsnl! Thank you for watching ♥️ and it was such a pleasure to share the stage with @SterlingKBrown, what an inspiration. A night I’ll never forget x “
Watch James Bay’s “Pink Lemonade” SNL performance in the video embedded above and his “Wild Love” performance in the video below.
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