‘Leap,’ Fatherhood & more – Billboard

While working on the newly released third studio album, James Bay came across a saying often attributed to naturalist John Burroughs, “Leap leap and the net will appear.”

For the 31-year-old star, free love came to him at a heavy time, conflicting with emotions and feelings when releasing his 2018 album. Light and support Ed Sheeran on his European stadium tour to feel that, despite the success, something had happened. “Underneath all the excitement, I feel pretty low and uncertain about how to go on – a bit of imposter syndrome mixed with a lot of insecurity and anxiety about where I am going. as an artist,” he said Billboards. “I am reading a book with this quote, ‘The Leap and the Network Will Come.’ It inspires me again, get up tomorrow and take it as hard as I’ve done before and it reminds me that you can’t take anything for granted. In that moment, I figured it out.”

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Thanks for the quote, Bay’s Leap born. The album, which was released on July 8 through EMI, shows fans the singer-songwriter’s musical light at the end of a dark tunnel of spirit. “Name the album” Leap is a decision that I will only make at the end of 2021,” he explained. “At the end of last year, I realized that I was almost 10 years old as a signed recording and touring artist, but the feeling was still the same. I still feel like I still have a lot to prove. And I want to do this much longer. So that quote from Burroughs was like a real aura that I needed to pass through my body to not only inspire me but revitalize me and keep me growing. “

While Bay has always been an emotional force in pop music, Leap is his most diverse and open-minded work, masterfully blending hints of experimental rock from his sophomore album. Light with graceful acoustic guitar tracks reminiscent of the hits that made him a star in 2014 Chaos And Calmness. His third album, however, comes from a beloved place of enlightenment, which he gained from exploiting his vulnerability. “At the beginning, [my music was] all a little more – or maybe more – abstraction. Honestly, you know, I wrote the song about real things that I went through, but it was just a little bit more metaphorical,” he said. “It was magical coming to this place as I developed as an artist. One of my main goals is to keep going and keep growing, focusing on the journey, not the destination. On the journey, I wrote from a new, deeper place of vulnerability and, as a result, wrote more directly with my lyrics in particular. “

“It’s an evolution that I’m proud of and I think it’s important to create and keep creating,” he continued. “The hole, I found, you really have to open up and expose. It was a scary thing for me, for many reasons.”

An outstanding song where Bay’s cracked open soul shines is Leapcloser, “Better,” in which the Grammy nomination opens up about the all-too-familiar identity crisis that comes with growing up and how a loved one can pull you through even the darkest moments. best. “I grew up running after my best / And I’m still not sure who I am / So hold me before I fall / Hold on tight, hold on tight,” he sings in the opening line before declaring in the chorus, “I know I’m broken / But you fix me with your heart.”

His music isn’t the only place that makes Bay’s heart grow. At the end of 2021, the star welcomed her first child named Ada Violet with her longtime partner Lucy Smith. “It was funny about the timing of it all, because I think being a parent was something that woke me up about how fierce and ambitious I am, and how it is now,” he said. ‘ he shared.

“When you’re so focused on achieving your goals, it’s a terrifying moment when you look in the mirror — literally or metaphorically — and you say, ‘Are you ready? Are you willing to work even harder, for example, to actually do this? ‘ Because you have a responsibility to people like never before. You brought someone into the world,” he added. “The explosive feelings of love and protection that I have experienced during these eight months of having a baby are no less than riding the waves of those emotions. There are times when you break down but then you get up and move on because a child doesn’t understand. The whole experience is a great honing tool that is making me and making us stronger. “

Bay also sweetly dedicates the backing note of her album to baby Ada, writing: “Album sleeve Note usually where the artist thanks everyone who helped create the album. I want to thank all of those people for all their help. But I really want to thank you. You came and made me believe I can do anything, you gave me the confidence to leap back. “

“It’s so exciting having kids, I can’t help writing that, can’t I?” The singer talks about the backing note Billboards. “She was probably two or three months old when I wrote them. She is eight months old now and it doesn’t matter that she sleeps all day, most of the time, I still want to get her involved and show her and share this experience. I want to share this with those closest to me. I always have and I will always want to do it.”

As for what he wants fans to remove from his new album, Bay says it’s all about hope – something trendy amid two tumultuous years of the pandemic. “However difficulties today may be, tomorrow there will be,” he said. “It’s worth holding on to that when times get tough and heavy and tough. That’s the essence that I want people to take from the album title. It’s about getting up and trying things. Get out there and chase something.”

“I hope the album reassures people that it’s better to be together and share than to hide everything,” he concluded. “Ultimately it’s about hope.”

Listen to James Bay’s Leap full below.

https://www.billboard.com/music/pop/james-bay-interview-leap-fatherhood-1235115620/ ‘Leap,’ Fatherhood & more – Billboard

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