James Bay - Updated Jun 2024

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James Bay

James Bay is a well-known award-winning English singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Moreover, James Bay  is best known for his debut studio album, ‘Chaos and the Calm’ and the single ‘Hold Back the River.’

Early Life

On the 4th of September 1990, James Bay was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. As of now, he is 32 years old and holds British nationality. Similarly, he has a birth sign of Virgo and believes in Christianity religion. Likewise, he belongs to the Caucasian ethnicity.

He is the son of Nick Bay (father) and Jil Bay (mother). His father is a wine merchant and his mother worked as a fashion illustrator for Marie Claire professionally. He grew up with his elder brother whose name is Alex.

His parent raised him along with his brother in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. After hearing Eric Clapton’s “Layla,” he was inspired to play classical guitar when he was 11 years old. Moreover, he used an old rusty guitar with five strings he found in a cupboard in his house.

Talking about his academic qualifications, he attended Hitchin Boys’ School. When he was 18 years old, he moved to  Brighton for further studies. After that, he started playing at the city’s open mic night, and it taught him much about writing and performing on his own.

James Bay – Professional Career

Talking about his professional career, James Bay released his debut EP, The Dark of the Morning, on 18 July 2013. The same year, he toured the UK and Ireland with an Irish band named, ‘Kodaline.’

Following it, he released his second EP, Let It Go, which was released on the 12th of May 2014. His second EP debuted in the top 10 iTunes album chart and the lead single, titled “Let It Go,” reached number 10 on the UK charts.

‘Chaos and the Calm,’ his entire debut studio album released at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, with producer Jacquire King. The studio album made its debut at number one in the UK charts and has been certified X2 platinum.

Moreover, his single “Hold Back the River” peaked at number 2 in the UK charts and was certified X3 platinum. Later in January 2015, Bay released his fourth EP, Other Sides.

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Caption: James Bay showing his moves in the concert (Source: Instagram)

For the 2016 TV series Beat Bugs, he recorded a cover of the Beatles song “Hey Bulldog.” Similarly, he recorded a cover of the Tom Petty song “King’s Highway” for the 2017 Disney/Pixar film Cars 3.

On the 18th of May 2018, he released his second studio album, Electric Light, which peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and 21 on the US Billboard 200. In May 2018, Bay’s version of the album’s third single, “Us”, performed on The Voice with Alicia Keys.

Later, he released a single, “Peer Pressure”, on February 22, 2019, featuring artist Julia Michaels. His third EP, Oh My Messy Mind, was released on the 10th of May 2019, the first record of his to be immediately released on streaming.

In Nashville at the historic RCA Studio A alongside producer Dave Cobb, and collaborating with Brandon Flowers of the Killers, he began making his third studio album in the spring of 2020. Later, in July 2020, he released the single “Chew On My Heart.”


With his several successful hit songs, he has earned huge popularity and awards in his musical career. In 2015, he won the Critics’ Choice Brit Award. Similarly, he earned GQ Men of The Year for Breakthrough Solo Artist and the Q Award for Best New Artist that same year.

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Caption: James Bay with his BRITs Critics’ Choice Award (Source: Capital FM)

Again in 2016, he earned another BRIT Award for British Male Solo Artist. That year, he earned the Echo Music Prize for Best International Newcomer, the Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work, and the Q Award for Best Solo Artist.

Net Worth

As a well-known singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Bay collected a good sum of money for his living. As of 2022, his net worth estimated at around $8 million which he earned from his musical career, and mainly earned from his albums, EPs, and concerts.

Relationship Status

Talking about his relationship, he married his wife Lucy Smith. With the marriage, the couple has a daughter whose name is Ada Violet Ba. Apart from this, there is little information related to their relationship. The family might be living happily at the moment.

However, this singer has not been in any controversy or rumors at the moment. The singer maintains a distance from such things and is focused on his profession and personal life.

James Bay – Body Measurements

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Caption: James Bay posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

James Bay stands 6 feet tall and weighs around 73 kg. Moreover, he has dark brown hair with dark brown eyes color and other information regarding his dress size, shoe size, and others is unknown at the moment.

Social Media

On his Instagram page, there are more than 1.1 million followers. Similarly, there are more than 393.7k followers on Twitter and more than 1 million followers on Facebook. He has a self-titled YouTube channel, there are more than 1.94 million subscribers. And, he has a TikTok account ‘@jamesbaymusic’ there are more than 180.7k followers.