Rory Graham, better known as Rag’n’Bone Man, is turning the music industry on its head by reinventing a genre that requires raw talent and oozes unrestrained emotion. 2017 is going to be a big year.
Hailing from Uckfield in East Sussex the 31 year old began his musical career as an MC, performing in local venues with various drum’n’bass crews and hip-hop collectives. Encouraged by his father, Rory Graham aged 19 sung songs at a Blues night in his hometown and the rousing reception made him consider focusing more on his special singing voice rather than rapping.
Now at 31 he has spearheaded a Blues and Soul revival of sorts, catching the attention of the music industry and garnering fans of all ages. Rag’n’Bone Man’s voice in particular is a thing of beauty, he taught himself to sing by imitating legendary American Blues singer Muddy Waters. Having such a staggering talent is still not enough to make it, you need the songs too and throwing a Hip-Hop spin on things (a flavour Rag’n’Bone Man grew up performing and perfecting) has led to a unique Neo-Soul sound and captivating live performance.
Get your ears on”Wolves” (below)
Clearly Rag’n’Bone Man has already caught the attention of the right people, he has a growing and loyal fan base too, but he simply had to be on our One’s to Watch list as things are only going to get bigger and better for the large-framed small town hero.
Although Graham has released three critically acclaimed EP’s, Wolves in particular had high profile features from rising artists including Chicago rapper Vince Staples. Rag’nBone Man qualifies for our list as he is yet to bring out an album. The debut album release is expected in February and all early signs point towards it being a chart topping success.
Check out the title track here:
“Human” the debut single has been streamed over 40 million times and counting. The track first made waves topping the singles charts in Germany, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland, in fact the song seemed to spread all over Europe before climbing up the charts in Rag’n’Bone Man’s home nation.
This is an interesting trend. Here is a screengrab of the geographic breakdown for Rag’n’Bone Man’s monthly listeners:
This is a testament to the universally adored sound that Rag’n’Bone Man is creating and how relevant an artist he is on an international scale. Obviously he is popular in the UK too, so much so that he made the Brits critics’ choice award shortlist last week.
Grab tickets for upcoming Rag’n’Bone Man‘s shows at www.ticketweb.co.uk/rag-n-bone-man