2016 is stacking up to be another incredible year for Gavin James. Announced as one of Spotify’s spotlight artists in January, he’s gone on to complete several sold-out headline shows – including a three night run at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre – has a platinum Top 5 debut album, in his native Ireland, where he won the Irish Choice Music Prize for ‘Song Of The Year’ for the album’s title track.
Now, Gavin unveils the video for his latest single Nervous – The Ooh Song (Mark McCabe remix) – a track that was in the Top 200 Global Spotify Chart, and has amassed over 7million streams to date.
He says of the track:
“I’m really passionate about the Irish music community, regardless of genres. We all help each other so when I thought about a remix for this song, Mark McCabe, who’s a legend in the Irish dance scene and has supported me from day one, was a collaboration that I knew would totally work for all the right reasons and I’m veeeeeery delighted it’s been received so well, which is exciting!”
Gavin James released his eagerly-anticipated debut album, ‘Bitter Pill’ on March 11th 2016 – having already gone Top 5 in his native Ireland. Following a sold-out London show at Koko, support across Spotify (Spotlight Artists for 2016), Radio 1, Radio 2, Virgin Radio, Heart Radio, Radio X and Beats 1, Gavin has also confirmed details of an extensive UK, European, US tour and Australian dates, including Shepherd’s Bush Empire on October 7th and a huge headline show at 3Arena on December 9th. With over 65 million total streams on Spotify already, Gavin James is building a strong following.
Life is always a bit of a blur for Gavin James. He’s lost count of how many gigs he played, couldn’t say how many countries he visited and hasn’t a clue how few days off he got. The highlights, however, he will never forget. Seeing the live album he’d recorded at his local pub Whelan’s for next to nothing take off across the world was one. Supporting friend and fan Ed Sheeran for two nights at his hometown’s huge Croke Park (75,000), spending the summer supporting Sam Smith in the States and opening for Taylor Swift in Hyde Park were others. There was, too, the extraordinary success of ‘The Book of Love’, James’ haunting version of the Magnetic Fields classic which saw him invited on Dancing With The Stars, The Late Show…with James Corden (twice) and most recently Jimmy Kimmel Live, BBC One Show, The National Lottery and C’est A Vous.
2 October – The Haunt, Brighton
3 October – Bristol, Thekla
4 October – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
6 October – Reading, Sub 89
7 October – Shepherds Bush Empire
8 October – Festifeel Festival, London
9 October – Rough Trade West & Banquet Records in-store, London
11 October – Birmingham, Glee Club
12 October – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
14 October – Manchester, Gorilla
16 October – Sheffield, Plug
17 October – Sunderland, Independent
19 October – Dundee, Beat Generator
20 October – Glasgow, Oran Mor