James Bay has shared a new single called “Goodbye Never Felt So Bad,” which you can listen to below.
The anthem is the singer-songwriter’s first material since the release of his third album, “Leap,” in 2022.
“‘Goodbye Never Felt So Bad’ is a song about how crazy saying goodbye can be,” Bay explained in a statement.
“There’s rarely a good thing about it. I’m always saying goodbye to the people I love; it’s part of my job. I’m always travelling. It’s a great job, but it has its good side and its bad side at everything in life.”
Bay began playing the song live this summer, “long before” he decided to release it as a single.
“You can’t ask the public to like something, but every time my fans raised their hands, they clapped and by the last chorus they were already singing the lyrics.”
He added: “It was amazing. I’m really excited to share the recording with the world. I wrote it with my friend, the great Phil Plested. I hope you love it.”
Goodbye Never Felt So Bad” produced by Gabe Simon and co-written by Plested (Lewis Capaldi, Dean Lewis).
In February, Bay revealed that he had started work on a new album that he hoped would show “his guitar playing”.
The musician recently opened for Bruce Springsteen at the BST in Hyde Park and at the Isle of Wight Festival. In April, Bay headlined twice at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
This month, he’ll hit the road across North America for a string of dates, as well as opening for The Lumineers. You can find the remaining tickets here.