Following a period of writing and recording abroad, multi-platinum singer-songwriter and local favourite Vance Joy has today unveiled a brand new single, Lay It On Me, with an accompanying video. In a further treat for fans, the Melbourne musician has also announced two headline shows for this November, in both his hometown of Melbourne and Sydney.
Lay It On Me received its worldwide premiere this morning via triple j’s breakfast team, and is the first taste of new music from Vance Joy since 2014’s hugely successful, ARIA #1 debut album, Dream Your Life Away. The album is certified platinum in Australia with 115,000 sales and includes the singles Riptide (8x platinum) Fire and the Flood (3x platinum), Georgia (2x platinum) and Mess Is Mine (2x platinum).
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. – Vance Joy
The stunning, cinematic video, directed by acclaimed US director Mimi Cave, sees Vance Joy performing alongside US actress Angela Sarafyan of the HBO series Westworld.
The homecoming shows, presented by Frontier Touring, UNIFIED and Village Sounds, will take place at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on November 22 and the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on November 23 and mark his first headline performances in Australia since last April’s sold-out Fire and the Flood Tour. Joining Vance Joy will be Gretta Ray who burst onto the scene last year after winning triple j’s Unearthed High competition with her single Drive. She has followed up with the gorgeous track Towers.
In addition to the Melbourne and Sydney dates, Vance Joy is also set to perform at this year’s Splendour in the Grass Festival in Byron Bay and Spilt Milk in Canberra. Fans can expect to hear favourites from Dream Your Life Away, in addition to a handful of new songs.
In between the Australian touring, Vance Joy will resume his globe-trotting ways, with a bunch of major festival dates already confirmed for the US and Canada including New York City’s Panorama, Chicago’s Lollapalooza, San Francisco’s Outside Lands, Austin’s City Limits Music Festival and Montreal’s Osheaga Festival.
The success of Dream Your Life Away has been global. The album has now sold over 1.7 million copies worldwide including over a million in the US alone. In addition to its platinum status in Australia, the album is 4x platinum in Sweden, 3x platinum in Ireland, 2x in Colombia, Italy and the Netherlands and platinum in France, Norway and Switzerland. Single sales in the US now exceed 6 million, with global Spotify streams totalling more than a whopping, one billion. To add to 2013’s Hottest 100 crown, ‘Riptide’ was also awarded 2014’s APRA Song of the Year and this year’s Most Played Australian Work Overseas.
Globally, Vance Joy was named the recipient of the International Songwriting Competition’s Grand Prize with perfect scores (2014) and ASCAP’s Pop Work of the Year (2016) also for Riptide and the #1 Most Played Artist at Alternative radio in the US for 2015 The very same year, he served as direct support on Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour and scooped an ARIA Award for Best Male Artist. His headline Fire and the Flood Tour saw him sell more than 170,000 tickets worldwide.
Now, with the release of Lay It On Me and news of what will be very anticipated Australian tour dates for November, the next chapter of Vance Joy’s incredible career has begun.
Lay It On Me is available now on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music, and available on all other streaming services from midnight tonight, click here.
Tickets for the Lay It On Me tour go on-sale at noon on Wednesday July 19, with a pre-sale via vancejoy.com and Frontier Touring kicking off on Monday July 17 at 4pm.