Following on from a string of releases and his debut EP “Little Love” last year – with over 7M streams and counting, singer-songwriter James Smith has blazed a path through the pop landscape last year, achieving similarly eye-popping numbers for his recent releases “T-shirts” (14.5M streams)and “Tell Me That You Love Me”(20M streams and counting). The rising musician now releases his first new track of the year with the emotive, delicate “Hailey”.
Speaking on the track, James states: “’Hailey’ is a song I wrote about someone I know; someone who was scared to show any emotion and open up to others. They’d done so before and ended up getting hurt. I knew I had to write this song, although the lyrics might seem simple, there’s a lot of meaning and realness about them. I find it fascinating that as human beings: we instinctively fight to survive. This seems to translate in love too. Hailey is someone who fights to keep her heart intact, pushing away her opportunities to be happy. Sometimes it’s worth taking the chance on someone.”
Born in Upton Park and still only 19 with his first EP in the bag and a successful sold-out debut show at London’s Borderline in March, James comes through with a standout new single to open 2019.
His own headline date at London’s O’Meara on June 20th (tickets here), “Hailey” cementsa path to what will certainly be a milestone2019 for this rising star. A surefire One To Watch.
JAMES TW SUPPORT TOUR
MON 8th APR – MANCHESTER, ACADEMY 3
TUES 9th APR – BIRMINGHAM, O2 INSTITUTE 3
WEDS 10th APR – LONDON, UNDER THE BRIDGE
FRI 12th APR – PARIS, LA MAROQUINERIE
SAT 13th APR – AMSTERDAM, MELKWEG
MON 15th APR – HAMBURG, TERRACE HILL
TUES 16th APR – COPENHAGEN, HOTEL CECIL
THURS 18th APR – BERLIN, FRANNZ CLUB
SAT 20th APR – COLOGNE, LUXOR