Jamie Woon has been announced in 4th place for the Sound of 2011.
27 year old songwriter and producer Jamie Woon has charmed a host of critics with his electronic soul music. His ear-catching vocal talent saw the singer tipped as a soulful troubadour at a time when Adele and Amy Winehouse were finding fame, before collaborations with respected members of the dubstep community saw the producer coupled with the likes of James Blake and Mount Kimbie at the vanguard of the post-dubstep genre.
Woon hails from four generations of musicianship which includes Sensational Alex Harvey Band members Hugh and Ted McKenna and his mother Mae McKenna, who has provided backing vocals for performers including Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue and Bjork. Initally inspired by Britpop, he started playing guitar at 15, and attended London's BRIT School before Son of Dave and Reggie Watts performances inspired the singer to incorporate loop pedals into his singer-songwriter act.
2006 demo Wayfaring Stranger bubbled under for over a year before a remix by Mercury Prize nominated producer Burial brought it to the attention of numerous bloggers. The singer followed this up with a trip to Barcelona to attend the respected Red Bull Music Academy where he worked with Subeena and Debruit. Woon's continued association with Burial, alongside fellow producer Ramadanman, has seen the likes of radio's Mary Anne Hobbs, Benji B and MistaJam take notice. Now signed to the Polydor label, 2011 should see the Londoner win over a series of new fans.