BBC Music announces Jack Garratt as BBC Introducing Artist Of The Year at 2015 BBC Music Awards
Once you've seen Jack Garratt play on stage, you'll never forget it... Talent is international and he has it in spades! I can't wait to see him rewarded at the BBC Music Awards this year.Huw Stephens
BBC Introducing is just one of the BBC’s initiatives to showcase emerging musical talent. The scheme has kick-started the careers of 2014 winners Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jake Bugg, Florence and the Machine, George Ezra, plus many more since its launch in 2007, by providing a platform to propel the best new acts from across the UK onto the national stage.
Last year’s winners of this prestigious award were Catfish and the Bottlemen, who performed at the first BBC Music Awards in 2014 and since then have gone onto notable success both in the UK and the US, appearing on TV shows such as Conan and The Late Show with David Letterman.
Jack Garratt will perform alongside some of the biggest and most iconic UK and international artists on 10 December, as part of the BBC’s annual ceremony to celebrate the year in music. Jack will play to a live audience of 11,000 people at Birmingham’s Genting Arena and to millions more across the country on BBC One, Radio 1, Radio 2 and at bbc.co.uk/music alongside Ellie Goulding, Hozier, Jess Glynne, Little Mix, Mumford & Sons, OMI and One Direction, with others still to be announced.
Radio 1 presenter and BBC Introducing champion Huw Stephens said: “Once you've seen Jack Garratt play on stage, you'll never forget it. His style is so ambitious, and he pulls it off completely. His music and production is forward-thinking, playing everything himself and making it sound so layered and beautiful, coupled with some really poignant and beautiful lyrics. I first heard him via BBC Introducing in Beds, Herts & Bucks who were big fans of this new, bearded singer-songwriter with a different musical style to everyone else. He blew everyone away at Radio 1's Future Festival, played an intimate, stripped down set for my Radio 1 Piano Session, and he played for BBC Introducing at SXSW in Austin, Texas where the international audience there absolutely loved him. Talent is international and he has it in spades! I can't wait to see him rewarded at the BBC Music Awards this year.”
Jack Garratt first uploaded his music to the BBC Introducing website in 2009 when he was just 17, and it wasn’t long before it was picked up by his local BBC Introducing show on BBC Three Counties. He then began to gain exposure to the Radio 1 audience with the support of Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and many others. In August 2014, Jack wowed crowds when he was selected to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds Festival. In March this year, he played the BBC Introducing showcase at SXSW [South by Southwest Festival] in Austin before returning as the surprise act on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading Festival - the stage he first graced as an unknown emerging talent just 12 months earlier. He was also invited to play a very intimate BBC Introducing session at the prestigious Maida Vale studios. In September of this year, Jack came into the Radio 1 Live Lounge where he played his single Weathered along with a unique cover of Disclosure’s track Latch.
Jason Carter, Head of BBC Introducing, said: “Following on from our inaugural Introducing Award winners, Catfish and The Bottlemen, who have had a fantastic 2014, we are delighted to announce Jack Garratt as our BBC Introducing Artist Of The Year for 2015. Jack has had fantastic journey through the BBC via BBC Introducing and his performance at the BBC Music Awards on BBC One will be a superb springboard to wider recognition.”
Born and raised in Little Chalfont, Buckinghamshire, multi-instrumentalist Jack will release his highly anticipated debut album, Phase, on 19 February 2016 through Island Records. The record was written by Jack, recorded by Jack, performed by Jack, and largely all produced by Jack too. Having recently concluded a UK headline tour, which included a sold-out show at Shepherds Bush Empire, Jack will conclude the year on a UK arena tour in support of Mumford & Sons. Jack then supports the release of his debut album with a night at Brixton Academy in April 2016.
Tickets for the musical extravaganza are available from bbc.co.uk/musicawards. The ceremony, including Jack Garratt’s performance, will broadcast across BBC One, Radio 1, Radio 2 and on bbc.co.uk/music. Both BBC Radio 1 and 2 will bring listeners all the backstage build-up throughout the day.