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2nd Rag'n'Bone Man

Raw, bluesy soul

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Uckfield, South East

Read Rag'n'Bone Man's interview on BBC News

Rory Graham, aka Rag‘n’Bone Man was always destined to make music.

Growing up in his parents' home in Uckfield, music was ever-present; whether it was his mum singing, his dad strumming on the guitar, or blues, rock and reggae tunes spinning from his dad’s record player.

As a teenager, he embraced hip-hop, MC-ing with a drum and bass crew and testing out his rap skills at open-mic nights. He then became a member of hip-hop collective The Rum Committee, while perfecting his singing skills performing at his local Blues Jam nights.

That melting pot of musical styles is evident in Rag'n'Bone Man’s solo material; which puts a modern twist on the raw soul of Joe Cocker.

In 2015, the emotive Bitter End, from his Disfigured EP, made many people sit up and take notice, and gained the singer support from the likes of Huw Stephens (Radio 1), MistaJam (Radio 1 and 1Xtra) and Jo Whiley (Radio 2).

Rory signed to Columbia Records in 2016, and his single Human has already been a massive hit here in the UK and in several European countries, after dominating the charts in Germany for several weeks. A stunning, acoustic performance of the song on Later… with Jools Holland brought him to the attention of a UK audience.

He has just finished supporting Tom Odell on tour and his debut album is set for release in 2017.

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