No other British act has managed to capture the hearts of the American people quite like the Beatles at the height of their career 50 years ago. From the moment they landed on U.S. soil in February, 1964, the group became the darlings of America and has stayed that way since despite the remaining members no longer performing together.
Over time, a number of solo acts, duos and groups from the UK have all managed to make an impact on American radio and even having a U.S. fan base, but none with the impact of the Beatles. However, the fresh new English acoustic rock singer and songwriter, James Bay, may just be the one to break that mold.
Bay, who first stormed onto the scene in 2014, has so far racked up quite a following in pop music’s biggest market after his singles, “Let it Go” and “Hold Back the River,” gained major airplay and climbed charts. His boyish charm, good looks and physique, not to mention his slick vocals, have also scored points with the younger crowd, in a similar manner to how the Beatles captured the hearts of teenagers in their day when they colonized America.
The 25 year-old released his debut album last year, titled Chaos and the Calm, which followed his win at the BRIT awards. That Critics’ Choice award actually puts him in major company with the likes of other British crooners who have conquered America, such as Adele and Sam Smith. Already, the crooner has gained ground with fans on his first major tour of the USA, leaving many to echo the same sentiments that he is very much in line with the likes of the Beatles in taking over the United States.
With future tour dates coming up for big American cities such as California, and an increasing number in millions of views on YouTube for “Let it Go” and “Hold Back the River,” Bay may just be the one to fill the big boots of Beatlemania. Time will tell.