James Bay nominated for Ivor Novello award

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The nominations keep on coming for BIMM Brighton alumni James Bay. His hit song, ‘Hold Back The River‘, is in the running for the ‘PRS for Music Most Performed Work’ at the 61st Ivor Novello Awards.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday 19th May 2016 at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. They are presented by The Ivors Academy and are judged by the UK songwriting and composing community. They have been sponsored by PRS for Music since 1974.

Stephen McNeff, Chairman of the Ivors Academy:

“As we move into our 61st year, we’re delighted that these nominations reflect the health and diversity of UK music and include a raft of first-time nominees alongside past winners. Congratulations to everyone represented here today.”

Hold Back The River‘ was co-written by James Bay and Iain Archer. We were lucky to have Iain visit BIMM Brighton last year; he came along for a Q&A when we held Songs by the Sea Sessions. Iain is already an Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter and musician and has shared his songwriting skills with the likes of Jake Bugg, Nina Nesbitt, Example and Gabrielle Aplin. He is also part of Tired Pony – a band put together by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, which includes REM’s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey; musician and producer Jacknife Lee, and Belle and Sebastian’s Richard Coburn.

Host, Paul Gambaccini has hinted there will be a tribute to the late George Martin and had this to say about the awards:

“It’s my favourite of all the awards because it has the most integrity…with the Ivors, it’s just writers judging writers.”

James is up against Jess Glynne’s ‘Hold My Hand’ and Years & Years ‘King’.  We wish him the very best of luck.

POSTED ON: April 21, 2016
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