RAG'N'BONE MAN SELLS OUT BIGGEST HEADLINE TOUR TO DATE
AWARDED 2ND PLACE IN THE BBC SOUND OF POLL 2017
“Rory Graham is going to be huge…every song lands like a punch to the heart. It is a big, emotional record, rooted in musical styles that transcend fashion” – The Daily Telegraph
“A surely unstoppable star in waiting” – Evening Standard
“An unlikely star, a breakout hit with an uplifting message on the frailty of humanity, a style that is modern and resolutely traditional” – The Times
“Hotly tipped first-timer Rag’n’Bone Man may emerge as a new boss” – The Daily Mirror
“Brighton’s tattooed future-soul-star channels D’Angelo’s R&B sensuality with hand-wringing directness and an out-of-body voice” - Mojo
"His voice is a mighty, bruised holler-and-croon of an instrument" – Sunday Times Culture
“A pioneer crossover artist who will be making colossal waves in 2016” – Wonderland
“The voice of a long-lost blues legend” – The Guardian
“Haunting, hollering stuff from the sturdy blue-eyed soulman” – Metro
“The buzz around rising star Rag’n’Bone Man is growing with the release of his most powerful single yet, Human” – The Sun (Bizarre)
“Rag’n’Bone Man is big in every sense of the word, but if his trajectory continues at the rate it’s going now, he could be huge” – The Independent
(Columbia Records, London, UK – January 9 2017) – Rag’n’Bone Man has sold out his biggest headline tour to date. Opening this April, the dates sold out in record time and includes two shows at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire. He will also headline The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this May.
Rory was also awarded 2nd place in the BBC Sound Of 2017 last week. News of the accolade follows an incredible 2016 for the singer: recently crowned winner of the coveted BRITs Critics’ Choice Award, Rory was also tipped by Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, NME, The Times plus many more. Single Human has reached #1 on iTunes in an outstanding 31 countries, reached Platinum status in 4 countries and Gold in 4. Human also landed the #2 spot in the Official UK Charts race this Christmas, has been streamed 85 million times and peaked at #2 in the Worldwide Shazam chart. Along the way Rory has also gained a plethora of fans from legends such as Chaka Khan, De La Soul and Elton John, who regularly plays Rory’s music on his Beats 1 show.
To celebrate news of his BBC Sound Off honour, Rory performed an exclusive stripped version of forthcoming album track Skin, direct from his old stomping ground, Brixton Jamm. Watch below.
Rory will collect his BRITs Critics’ Choice Award live at the BRITs nomination launch this Saturday January 14, where he will also perform. The launch will be aired live in a primetime spot on ITV.
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For those who opted for a night in this New Year’s Eve, viewers of Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny would have seen Rory’s many performances across the evening. Alongside Jools’ Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Rory performed his version of the Four Tops classic Reach Out (I’ll Be There) and also gave a stellar performance of Bring It On Home To Me with Gregory Porter, as well as playing his hit single Human.
The phenomenal success of his single Human around the globe follows years of relentless performing for Rory. At the age of just 15 he started rapping in his hometown of Uckfield and then at 19, encouraged by his father, started singing at local blues nights. His combined love for blues and rap soon developed into something bigger, when he joined Brighton’s hip-hop crew The Rum Committee, regularly travelling up to London to play hip-hop nights in Brixton. The releases of his Blues Town, Wolves and Disfigured EPs earned him huge crowds across the country, firming a dedicated fan base incredibly early on in his career.
His debut album Human will be released on February 10 on Columbia Records / Best Laid Plans.
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