James Bay at The Grammy Museum - 1.15.16

words + photos by Joe Cortez

English singer-songwriter James Bay has been riding a wave of of good fortune since the release of his debut album "Chaos and the Calm" (available via Republic Records) early last year. Now with three Grammy nominations under his belt, including Best New Artist, Bay was a guest of The Grammy Museum's intimate Spotlight series on Friday night for a one-off LA performance before hitting the road with dates in South Korea, Japan, Australia and Europe throughout the first quarter of the year.

Bay sat down with moderator Scott Goldman for a question and answer session before turning the mics over to the audience. Over the course of the chat, Bay revealed himself to be charming, humble and, the heart of it all, a music lover. Following the interview, Bay grabbed his guitar and treated fans to a set that included a a performance of his hit, "Hold Back the River" as well as a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire."

Check out my photos from the night below. For more on James Bay, be sure to head over to jamesbay.com and follow @JamesBayMusic on Twitter. Special thanks to The Grammy Museum for arranging coverage. Visit grammymuseum.org for a list of upcoming special events at the museum.

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