Vance Joy Returns With 'Lay It On Me': Watch
Vance Joy is back with "Lay It On Me," the Aussie artist's first new music since his 2014 debut album Dream Your Life Away.
After a stint writing and recording abroad, Joy shared “Lay It On Me” on Thursday (July 13) with an accompanying cinematic video shot by Mimi Cave and co-starring Westworld actor Angela Sarafyan.
The new track had its origins in an old phone recording which was always destined to find a new home. “I had this guitar riff I had been playing for ages but had never found a home for. When it was glued together with a lyric I had in my phone, ‘everything starts at your skin,’ the song started to make sense,” he explains.
Joy (real name James Keogh) is coming off a dream start to his career. His breakthrough song "Riptide" (Liberation Music) won the Triple J Hottest 100 poll and smashed the record for the most weeks in the ARIA Singles Chart Top 100 (besting Lady Gaga’s 106 weeks with "Poker Face"). "Riptide” also scooped the 2014 International Songwriting Competition, and caught the attention of Taylor Swift, who covered the song and invited the singer to support her on her 1989 World Tour.
Dream Your Life Away has sold more than 1.7 million copies worldwide, according to his reps, and the Melbourne muso's well-stocked trophy cabinet includes ARIA, ASCAP and APRA Awards.
In support of the new release, Joy has announced a string of Australian theater dates on his Lay It On Me Tour (presented by Frontier Touring, UNIFIED and Village Sounds). The singer-songwriter will play his new number at Splendour in the Grass next weekend and when he embarks on a run of North America shows, starting July 28 at Panorama Music Festival, New York, NY USA. For more information visit vancejoy.com. Watch the new video below.