2017 has been without a doubt the year of Rag’n’Bone Man. The characteristic English singer-songwriter scored a massive hit worldwide with his debut single and album ‘Human’, and has won several awards, including the Critics’ Choice for the 2017 BRIT Awards (previous winners: Adele, Florence + The Machine and Sam Smith). Now he’s nominated again for the Q Award ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ of 2017. But who’s Rag’n’Bone Man?
I. The Beginning
Rory Graham was born in Uckfield, a small town in East Sussex. His love for Hip-hop made him move to Brighton, where he joined a drum & bass group and became a rapper in Brighton’s underground hip-hop scene. He later decided to turn to singing old Blues and Soul songs, which inspired him to write his own songs. “…maybe I was alright at rapping, and people seemed to enjoy it, but when I sung it was a real difference.” (NME)
II. Rise to Fame
Rag’n’Bone Man has released several EP’s. The EP ‘Wolves’ (2014) resulted in a publishing deal that allowed him to give up his day job as a caregiver for people with Down and Asperger’s Syndrome and focus on his music career.
III. The Breakthrough
&list=PL0ASAbNKu0z0ZHL1gwmKq348dSSixL8nn In 2016 Rag’N’Bone Man released his first single: ‘Human’. It became a smashing hit all over the world. His debut album, also called Human, hit the shelves on February 10. Human became the fastest-selling male debut album of the decade with selling 117.000 copies in the first week, leaving Ed Sheeran’s + and Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour far behind.
IV. What’s Next?
&list=PL0ASAbNKu0z0ZHL1gwmKq348dSSixL8nn&index=2The festival season is coming to an end and Rag’n’Bone Man has performed at the biggest festivals around the world: Glastonbury, Lollapalooza Chicago, Isle of Wight, Roskilde, Rock Werchter). In the fall Rag’n’Bone Man will continue his Europe and UK tour. And after that? Will he win the Q Award? Will he sing the new James Bond Soundtrack? A Grammy nomination? Or will he begin recording his second album? We’ll wait and see.