Gavin James Bitter Pill on LP
Bitter Pill is the highly anticipated debut full-length album from Irish singer-songwriter Gavin James. Produced by Fraser T Smith (Adele, Lily Allen, Britney Spears), Cameron Blackwood (Florence & the Machine) and recorded in L.A. and London, the auspicious 12-track effort features the massive hits "Say Hello," "The Book of Love," "For You" and the current single "Bitter Pill."
On his way to becoming one of 2016's international crossover-stories, Gavin James was born in Ashington, a suburb on the northside of Dublin. The 23-year-old 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 covers in the garden shed, Gavin then 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, James' own material then began to draw an impassioned following: his 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 No. 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.
With his first piece of recorded material – "For You" – reaching No. 1 in Ireland and going top 10 on iTunes in the US, Canada and Holland, Gavin James has inched closer to the spotlight. Continuing with "22," lifted from sessions from his debut album, Gavin James looks poised to become the next great voice to shine a light back on the Dublin suburbs (and beyond).