James Bay: ‘Ed Sheeran is a big fan of my music’

Brit Awards Critics Choice winner also says his debut album sounds like Damien Rice and The Rolling Stones

James Bay claims Ed Sheeran is a fan of his music.

The Brit Awards Critics Choice winner said he bumped into Sheeran at last month’s ceremony on the red carpet.

He told The Sun: “I’d never met him before. And as kind as he is to all of those guys (the press), he was ignoring whoever he was supposed to be talking to, to talk to me.

“He was saying that he likes my stuff and was looking forward to hearing the album. That was really cool to hear.”

Sheeran’s music was recently criticised by Noel Gallagher, but he was later hailed a “fucking dude” by the former Oasis chief for speaking him to honestly about a Teenage Cancer Trust gig he refused to play.

Gallagher said: “The only one fucking person that has ever ever ever said ‘I can’t do it, I just got back from Australia I can’t be fucking arsed man, I’m fucked, but I will definitely do it next year’ – and I crossed his name off the list – was Ed Sheeran! He actually called me back, you know what I mean, he said, ‘Right I’m ready now, I wanna do it’, and I thought, ‘You know what, what a fucking dude’.”

He also recently said he was heartbroken when he learned artists like Jake Bugg and James Bay use professional songwriters.

Meanwhile, Bay also gave an update on his forthcoming debut album ‘Chaos And The Calm’, comparing it with Damien Rice and The Rolling Stones.

He added: “This sounds like a debut album from someone having a go for the first time with songs they believe in and a load of different flavours and sounds. People have said my music reminds them of Damien Rice and others have compared songs to The Rolling Stones.

“I love that and I like the split-screen element to what I do. On this side you are looking at something very serene and mellow, then the next side, much heavier.”
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