Walking in the blues-soaked, jam-hardened, stage-aged footsteps of the real soul greats, Liam Bailey carries all the authenticity of a true original. An intense, deeply engaging and enigmatic solo artist, Liam has found a wide audience through major collaborations such as 2011’s top 5 Blind Faith alongside Chase and Status and 2013’s summer smash Soon Come with Shy FX, well supported by David Rodigan, Zane Lowe and Annie Mac.
A genuine and uncompromising talent, he released his first two EPs on Amy Winehouse’s Lioness Records, one of only a few artists given a home by the indisputable queen of 21st century UK soul. Although his subsequent relationship with Polydor was short-lived, which included some time working with Salaam Remi (Nas, Amy Winehouse, Fugees, Fergie, Estelle), Liam has had no problem in finding labels willing to release various impeccable singles, whilst collaborating with artists as diverse as Delilah and DJ Fresh. He eventually released his masterful and fully formed debut album Definitely Now on Flying Buddha/Sony.
In between touring with Chase & Status, Liam has been gaining momentum as a solo artist, including a jaw-droppingly beautiful performance on Jools Holland in September 2015. Now he is shaping up for what could be his most significant year yet, wit tantalising studio sessions with Gorillaz and supporting Akala’s near sold out UK tour.
“Like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, Bailey sounds old before his time”