The Mahogany Minute is designed for those who haven’t got a huge amount of time on their hands, and artists who have even less. Every artist continues the same lines, and we all get to learn a little bit more about them.

It would be a bit of an understatement to say that James Bay has had a good 2014. Some highlights may include opening for The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, supporting Hozier on his US tour, and more recently getting on the BBC Sound of 2015 and this week winning the BRITs Critics’ Choice Awards.

His much awaited EP, Hold Back The River, was released to the world at the end of November and he’s finally getting the attention he so well deserves.


Hi, my name is… James.

My parents… can’t tell me what to do anymore.

I was born… in a little town called Hitchin.

Now you can find me… in London, America and various other crazy corners of the globe.

It all started when… I pulled a rusty, busted up old guitar out of the cupboard in the spare room in my parents’ house.

Music has… me. Hook, line and sinker.

If I’m not on stage or in the studio… I’m getting ready to go on stage or into the studio.

The music industry… the music industry. Ooooh, the music industry..!

I’ve never been… good at dancing.

I wish… I could keep drinking the whiskey but stay the kind of drunk where you feel great but it’s still not quite bad enough to get a hang over.

One song… took me two years to write.

If I’ve learnt something in the past three years… it’s that you’ve got to keep an open mind.

This years highlight… hearing my song on the radio for the first time.

If you listen to my music for the first time… let me know how that goes.


Let’s not forget the time we got together with James back in the summer of 2013, on Hampstead Heath, where we performed a stunning acoustic version of ‘When We Were On Fire’.

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