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Gavin James premieres ‘For You’ video, announces new EP
‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’, #1 in Ireland, Top 10 in US, Canada + Holland
LIVE: Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (x2) and Dublin’s Olympia sell out, Ed Sheeran support
“It’s the young Irishman’s flair for songwriting, paired with his unparalleled vocal ability, that has marked Gavin James out as a star on the continual rise” Hunger
“Tender, emotional…no mean talent” Clash
"Heartfelt and utterly sincere pop" The Line of Best Fit
"Understated and blissful” Shortlist
“His voice is absolutely astounding” State
Gavin James has premiered a beautiful new video, ‘For You’, taken from his forthcoming EP via GS Believe / Capitol Records / Sony Music / Warner Ireland / Liberator (available now as an instant-grat on iTunes). Directed by Feel Good Lost (Hozier, Alunageorge, Fyfe) this follows the continued international success of ‘The Book Of Love’, which has already reached #1 in Ireland, charted Top 10 in Holland and also reached the iTunes Top 10 in the US and Canada (in addition to 5 million plays across Spotify and Youtube). Gavin was subsequently invited to perform on ‘The Late Late Show with James Corden’ this week, following a similarly breakout spot on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ last month.
Having been made Radio 1’s Next Hype and added to XFM’s daytime playlist, Gavin James also recently became the first artist ever to sell out Dublin’s Olympia prior to releasing a studio album. He will announce a host of live and festival plans shortly, following two instantly-sold-out dates at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen and the invitation to open for Ed Sheeran in Croke Park on July 24th.
A sparse, soulful mix of piano, beats and Gavin’s soaring vocal, ‘For You’ was written as a love song to a relationship on the verge of ending, which you’d like to stay in just a little longer. The track receives a striking reimagining by Feel Good Lost: set in inner city Dublin, the video for ‘For You’ is an emotive narrative about the struggles and the bond between a 19-year-old girl and her alcoholic mother. Director Brendon Canty writes: “the idea was based around those two words "For You", and all the things the mother and the daughter do for each other to show that they care.” Filmed on an estate which is in the process of being knocked down, the clip features a whole host of the community in extra roles and coincidentally stars real-life-couple in the leading girlfriend-boyfriend parts.
Already on his way to becoming one of 2015’s international crossover-stories, Gavin James is a 22-year-old songwriter from Ashington, a suburb on the northside of Dublin. The son of a postman, music was arguably in James’ blood: his great grandparents were both famous Irish Opera singers and had their own albums released in the early 1900s (they had to turn down an invitation to perform in London owing to their families, and the political conditions of the time).
Having started out playing Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin covers in the garden shed, Gavin James drew the short straw when he was chosen as the singer of his teenage band, and learnt his subsequent solo craft the hard way. Inspired by local heroes like Damien Rice and classic, grafting Soul artists such as Sam Cooke, he would play Dublin’s pubs virtually 7 nights a week during college, in a marathon of 3-hour shows. Growing in confidence, his own material then began to draw an impassioned following: Gavin’s first ever single won Ireland’s answer to the Mercury (the Choice Prize for ‘Song Of The Year’), stayed on the charts for over 6 months and culminated with 2014’s #1-charting, ‘Live at Whelans’ album: a venue he used to sneak inside when underage, but returned to as a rapturously-received headliner. That night, he happened to perform an impulsive cover of The Magnetic Fields’ ‘The Book Of Love’, accelerating Gavin’s word-of-mouth success story.
Already reacting across Europe and America largely via word-of-mouth, Gavin James looks poised to become the next great voice to shine a light back on the Dublin suburbs (and beyond).