Today, Austrian-born singer, James Hersey releases his new single, ‘Miss You,’ on Glassnote Records / Universal Music Canada. Co-produced by James alongside Ed Sheeran, collaborator Will Hicks and mixed by StephenFitzmaurice (Sam Smith, Disclosure, The Kooks), the spacious track gives nods to the dance world.
“I wrote and produced the first draft of ‘Miss You’ in two virtuallysleepless days and nights. Three days later I was on a plane to England to cut (and finish writing) what is now my debut single,” James explains. “It was like windsurfing, when you catch the right gust at the right moment and you’re catapulted forward by this incredible, invisible force. That’s what it feels like to write music you love.”
Despite ‘Miss You’ being Hersey’s official debut single, his voice and lyrics are one many listeners may already be familiar with. ‘Coming Over,’ Hersey’s delicate, summer-tinged ode to delayed desires, is a song that took on a whole new life in the dance arena this past year. Initially remixed by Filous (24m Spotify streams and counting), it’s since been subtly reworked by Kygo & Dillon Francis (58m Spotify streams and counting). Its success has led to dance legend Tiesto offering up a remix and Hersey touring Europe with Kygo.
Born and raised in Austria’s capital Vienna, Hersey’s childhood was filled with music. Guitar lessons were augmented by some impromptu family music concerts. The house also reverberated to the sounds of Bob Marley, Grateful Dead and, in the mid-nineties, hip-hop. For Hersey himself, Michael Jackson was King. “I’d practice the dance moves and let my hair grow long,” James explains.
Eager to explore musical genres, experimenting with folk, pop and rock from a young age, Hersey’s songs work in different musical contexts because at the core of them lies classic songwriting. Look out for more to come from James with his new EP, Pages, coming this fall.