James Baley — A Story

Ontario: Top 10 of 2021

by Daniel McIntosh

Like many of today’s good R&B artists, James Baley’s music is rooted in gospel. Unlike many of today’s R&B artists, James Baley supersedes the expectation, bringing a ballroom-inflected twist to an Edenic concept album of questioning and belonging. A Story puts Baley’s warm vocals front and centre balanced by experimental, kinetic instrumentals that drive the theme forward. Baley delivers a compelling assertion of his ability to share vulnerability and probe haughty ideas through his vivid storytelling.

Read our review of James Baley’s My Story live show experience

By Ryan MacDonald

Ryan MacDonald of the Honest Heart Collective interviews the blue-collar songwriter about self-love, vulnerability, and Springsteen.