James Bay recently opened up about his struggle with anxiety, how it affected his music in 2019, and why he tends to write sad songs more than other types of songs.

James said: “It’s funny because sad songs come naturally to me. But then I had a bit of an epiphany after all that happened in 2019. When I was struggling, there were some people in my personal life who were doing whatever they could to lift me up and help me keep my chin up. And for the first time ever, I recognised that in my writing.”

“So songs would start sad but instead of getting to a chorus and saying effectively woe is me, boo-hoo, I was saying thank you. I need you. I love you and I’m so grateful. I think the combination of those two emotions in these songs was something I hadn’t really done before.”

George Millington