James Michael Bay (born 4 September 1990) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. In 2014, he released his single “Hold Back the River”, which has been certified platinum, before releasing his debut album Chaos and the Calm (2015). The album went to number one in the UK and number 15 in the US. In February 2015, Bay received the Brit Awards “Critics’ Choice” award. At the 2016 Brit Awards he received the award for Best British Male Solo Artist. Bay also received three nominations at the 2016 Grammy Awards, including for Best New Artist.
Bay performed on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival in June 2015. Bay performed ‘Let it Go’ with Tori Kelly at the 2016 Grammys which were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and was nominated for Best New Artist, Best Rock Song (Hold Back the River) & Best Rock Album (Chaos & the Calm).
At the 2016 Brit Awards in London on 24 February, Bay received the award for Best British Male Solo Artist, and also performed “Love Yourself” with Justin Bieber at the ceremony. In March 2016, Bay released a music video for “Best Fake Smile”, the fifth single from Chaos and the Calm.