Listen: James Bay Lets His Guard Down In New Single “All My Broken Pieces”

In his latest single, James Bay offers a raw look into a transformational chapter from his life a decade ago. Released today (October 19), “All My Broken Pieces” was co-penned with Jamie Hartman and Boots Ottesta during the writing sessions for his breakout 2015 debut album Chaos and the Calm.

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“When I wrote ‘Broken Pieces,’ I was going through a lot of changes in my life – leaving home, moving into my first place with my girlfriend Lucy, signing a record deal in America,” Bay shared in a statement. “Suddenly, I was leaving all the time to travel around the world; I was rarely ever in the same place for more than a week. 

“I somehow felt very vulnerable talking about all of this in songs,” he added. “It was scary to share that I could feel so broken by experiences that I knew others would’ve killed for. And it felt very revealing to talk about having someone so vital to me who knew how to put me back together when I felt like falling apart. It’s taken a long time, but I’ve always loved this song, and it feels like it’s finally time to let it out into the world.”

When I lose she lays on me
And nothing else matters
She takes all my broken pieces and
She puts them together
When I’m through she stands by me
When everything shatters
She takes all my broken pieces and
She makes them fit better
All my broken pieces

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“All My Broken Pieces” follows Bay’s comeback single “Goodbye Never Felt So Bad,” released in August. The two tracks mark the 33-year-old award-winning artist’s first original material since sharing his third studio album, Leap, in 2022.

[RELATED: James Bay Returns with Impassioned New Single “Goodbye Never Felt So Bad”]

Bay has spent most of 2023 on the road, offering fans a preview of his upcoming fourth album, which will likely arrive sometime next year. He has one more performance scheduled next month in London before taking a break for the holidays. You can find more information on the concert date and his new music by visiting James Bay’s official website.

Listen to “All My Broken Pieces” below:

Photo by Caity Krone, Courtesy of Mercury/Republic Records

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