Liam Bailey is an English singer-songwriter from Nottingham.[1] He is noted for his soul, reggae, and blues-influenced vocal style.

Liam Bailey
BornNottingham, England
Genres
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Labels
Associated acts
WebsiteLiambailey.music

CareerEdit

In 2010, he released two solo EPs on Amy Winehouse's Lioness Records.[2] Recorded entirely by Bailey and his guitar, the debut EP 2am Rough Tracks was released on 23 September, following its recording some weeks before. The EP consisted of "Your Heart's Not Safe", "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want". This was followed by a second three track EP So Down, Cold, released on 29 November, featuring the tracks; "Fool Boy", "Breaking Out" and "So Down, Cold".[3] Bailey signed to Polydor Records earlier the same year.[4]

Bailey has been performing around the world with Chase & Status since 2010. Bailey co-wrote & performed on their single Blind Faith, released on 21 January 2011 in the UK, where it debuted at number five in the charts; it also featured on their second album No More Idols. They then collaborated on the single Big Man, released 16 October 2012, which reached No. 13 on the UK Dance Chart and appears on some editions of follow-up album Brand New Machine.

Bailey's prospective debut album Out of the Shadows[5] was recorded, produced by Salaam Remi, and scheduled for issue in September 2011 but Bailey unexpectedly pulled the release.

Following the break with Polydor, 2013 saw the re-release of "When Will They Learn" on Speakerbox, MistaJam's Ministry of Sound imprint,[6][7] complete with remixes by Shadow Child and others. The video was shot with Bailey's friends in Nottingham for the relatively small sum of £1,750.[8] Manager Sarah Stennett told HitQuarters that its homegrown, low-key nature was a perfect fit saying: "The video with Liam is amazing because his friends capture him so well. He was signed to a major label previously and they never quite captured it."[8]

Bailey's collaboration with Shy FX, "Soon Come" reached No. 6 on the UK Indie Chart in August 2013 and received praise from David Rodigan, Zane Lowe, and Annie Mac. They also collaborated on an EP as "Project Maldonado"[9] which was released for download on SoundCloud.

His debut album Definitely Now was released in the US in August 2014 on Flying Buddha/Sony,[10][11][12][13] with download single On My Mind available with pre-order. In an interview with Wondering Sound, Bailey explains how "it's been torture trying to figure out which way to go" in terms of musical direction.[14] 'Definitely Now' shows that he has now found his sound, and is described by Wondering Sound as "sweet Daptone soul infused with blues moods, Oasis riffage, Sam Cooke grooves and light Jamaican accents".[14]

Nine years after first working together on The Dynamic Set's 'When Will They Learn' single, Liam Bailey and Big Crown boss Leon Michaels have finally recorded an album together. While that song was a retro reggae-soul treat, Ekundayo builds on the Nottingham singer-songwriter's penchant for recording lo-fi soul, in which his evocative and effortlessly soulful vocals rise above fuzzy, often homemade backing tracks that variously mix and match elements of roots reggae, digi-dub, dancehall, classic '70s soul and folk (see the 'Redemption Song'-esque 'Vixit'). The result is a vibrant, colourful and highly entertaining album made for purists and new heads alike.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details
Definitely Now
  • Released: 19 August 2014[15]
  • Label: Flying Buddha/Sony Masterworks
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
Ekundayo
  • Released: 13 November 2020[16]
  • Label: Big Crown Records
  • Formats: Digital download, Vinyl

EPsEdit

Title Details
2am Rough Tracks
So Down, Cold
  • Released: 29 November 2010[18]
  • Label: Lioness Records
  • Format: Digital download
It's Not the Same
Brand New
  • Released: 8 February 2019
  • Label: Access Records
  • Formats: Digital download
Broken Home
(with Dogger & Mindstate)
  • Released: 22 March 2019
  • Label: 1985 Music
  • Formats: Digital download

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Year Single Album
2010 "I Belong" [A] non-album single
2011 "You Better Leave Me"
"It's Not the Same" It's Not the Same
2013 "When Will They Learn" non-album single
2014 "On My Mind" Definitely Now
"Villain"
(featuring A$AP Ferg)
"Please Love Me" non-album single
2016 "Love My Neighbours"
2018 "Brother, Why You Gotta Love Her"
(featuring Maverick Sabre)
Brand New
"You Saw the Devil in Me"
"Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You" non-album single
2019 "Broken Home"
(with Dogger & Mindstate)
Broken Home
"Champion" Ekundayo
2020 "Fight"
"Don't Blame NY"
"You Saw the Devil in Me (Remix)"
(with Dogger, Mindstate & DRS)
The Time is Yours
"White Light" Ekundayo
"Angel Dust"
2021 "Give Me Time" Big Crown Records presents Dear Sunny...
"Awkward (Take 2)"
(with El Michels Affair)
Ekundayo Inversions
"Walk With Me"
(with El Michels Affair)
"I Love NY"
(with El Michels Affair)

Notes

  • A – The track was released as a free download from his website.

As featured artistEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[20]
UK
Dance

[21]
DEN
[22]
2011 "Blind Faith"
(Chase & Status featuring Liam Bailey)
5 1 24 No More Idols
2012 "Breathe"
(Delilah featuring Liam Bailey)
87
"Big Man"
(Chase & Status featuring Liam Bailey)
68 Brand New Machine
2013 "Soon Come"
(Shy FX featuring Liam Bailey)
55 18 Cornerstone
2015 "Revelation"
(Breakage featuring Liam Bailey)
When the Night Comes
2016 "4am Where Are You"
(Kumarachi featuring Liam Bailey)
Flashback
2020 "Yesterday"
(Friction featuring Liam Bailey)
TBA
"Make No Sound"
(Brookes Brothers featuring Liam Bailey)
non-album single
"Lost & Proud"
(Alix Perez featuring Liam Bailey)
Without End

Other appearancesEdit

Year Song Artist Album
2018 "I Belong" Salaam Remi One: In the Chamber
"Dancing with the Devil" Roxanne Tataei Full Moon in Aries
2019 "Lay You Down" Foreign Beggars Matriarchy
"Actualize" Louis Cypher Cypher Sore Eyes
2020 "Been Away" Juga-Nut Bem
"The Time is Yours" Dogger & Mindstate The Time is Yours
"Holding Back" Dogger, Mindstate & DRS
2021 "Lord's Prayer" Dimension Organ

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oakes, M. Gosho (10 June 2010). "The New Soul of Nottingham: Introducing Liam Bailey". SoulCulture.com. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  2. ^ Lester, Paul (11 June 2010). "New Band of the Day –Liam Bailey (No 806)". The Guardian. London: Guardian News. Retrieved 21 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Liam Bailey: Soul pride". Bluesandsoul.com. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  4. ^ "BBC Nottingham artist Liam Bailey signs to Hendrix label". BBC News. 11 March 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  5. ^ Andy Kellman. "Out of the Shadows [Unreleased] – Liam Bailey | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Liam Bailey – When Will They Learn | Ministry of Sound Australia". Ministryofsound.com.au. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Liam Bailey". Turn First Artists. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Interview with Sarah Stennett (part 2)". HitQuarters. 4 March 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Project Maldonado". Project Maldonado. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Definitely Now – Liam Bailey | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  11. ^ "Liam Bailey 'Definitely NOW' – Album Review". Blogs.dickinson.edu. 17 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  12. ^ "LIAM BAILEY Drops New Single 'On My Mind;' Album 'Definitely Now' Out 8/19 – BWWMusicWorld". Broadwayworld.com. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Listen To What's on Liam Bailey's 'Mind'". SoulBounce. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Liam Bailey Interview". Wondering Sound. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Definitely Now by Liam Bailey". Music.aple.com. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Ekundayo by Liam Bailey". bandcamp.com. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  17. ^ "2am Rough Tracks: Liam Bailey: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  18. ^ "So Down, Cold: Liam Bailey: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  19. ^ "Music News – LIAM BAILEY – IT'S NOT THE SAME EP / Fred Perry Subculture". Fredperrysubculture.com. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  20. ^ "2011-02-05 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive". Official Charts Company. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  21. ^ "2011-02-05 Top 40 Dance Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 5 February 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  22. ^ Steffen Hung. "Chase & Status feat. Liam Bailey – Blind Faith". danishcharts.dk. Retrieved 25 August 2014.

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