Hitchin singer-songwriter James Bay second in BBC Sound of 2015 list

It was revealed today that James Bay is listed second in the BBC Sound of 2015 rundown.

It was revealed today that James Bay is listed second in the BBC Sound of 2015 rundown. - Credit: Archant

Hitchin singer-songwriter James Bay has been listed second in the BBC Sound of 2015 rundown.

The former Hitchin Boys’ School pupil has been described by the BBC as a “captivating folk songwriter” in their list, which aims to highlight ‘the most exciting musical talent’ for the year ahead.

James, who was named as the Brits Critics’ Choice winner for 2015 last month, has shot to fame after releasing successful EPs The Dark of The Morning, Let It Go and Hold Back the River.

Speaking to the BBC about growing up in Hitchin, he said: “Growing up in Hitchin was comfortable and easy enough. My parents had some great records – and some not-so-great ones – and that’s where I got introduced to Motown and the Stones and Springsteen.

“Then me and my brother would play video games and listen to local radio. I loved pop music as a little kid. Things like the Black Eyed Peas. If it had a catchy chorus I was into it.”

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