While promoting his recently collaboration with Julia Michaels' Peer Pressure he stopped by the Z100 studios to talk to Shelley Rome where she asked him if there was anyone else he has worked with that both intimidated and inspired him like Michaels. "Alicia Keys," Bay responds with absolutely no hesitation. While recording a duet of his song Us to perform on The Voice in 2018, Bay says she has been an "all time hero" of his after he first heard her songs at the age of twelve. "She's so Badass," he continues, "I don't know if she doesn't want to, but she doesn't even sit down when she plays the piano." I could definitely see the intimidation factor in this situation. If you watch a video of the performance, Bay doesn't even break a sweat. "Performing with her, even the rehearsal, was a real lesson," explains Bay.
You can watch James Bay's full interview with Shelley above!