Love is pain, but it's also an endless source of inspiration, and the heartbreak doesn't have to be personal to conjure creativity. Take "Bad," the fan-favorite single from English singer-songwriter James Bay. Released as part of his EP Oh My Messy Mind, it's an instantly likeable breakup song built on lonely acoustic guitar and Bay's angel-in-anguish vocals. The breakup, though, is not his own.
“With 'Bad' and the other songs on the EP, I wanted to be honest about some of my own stories and other stories I was being pulled into," Bay is quoted in a press release. "I regularly write things down in a stream of consciousness to empty my head. Oh My Messy Mind is a line I wrote on a particularly dark day a little while ago. It seemed to reflect a weight that I felt I was carrying at the time, and that comes back now and again. The songwriting that followed was me looking for a release."