'The rise and rise of gravel-voiced songster Rag 'N’ Bone Man continues. He has been taking the world by storm with his single Human – it has already reached No.1 in 23 countries in the iTunes charts. He has also been announced as the Brits Critics’ Choice winner of 2017 and is currently in second place in the fight for the UK Christmas No. 1 spot!
As a huge fan as well as a good friend of the Brighton-based singer/songwriter, I know he totally and utterly deserves this and is humbled by his recent successes. I remember receiving a message from Rags a couple of months back, finding him beaming with excitement at receiving a gold disc due Human being No. 1 in the German and Austrian Top 40 charts. Little did he know that he could soon claim to be topping the full charts in six countries (let alone nearly four times that number for iTunes). Will the UK make it seven?
Human is part of his upcoming album, set for release in February. I’ve never been able to encapsulate his unique sound in one word, so I asked him if he has trouble describing his genre to journalists. “It’s a hard question to answer as it’s all my influences mixed together,” he responded with a warm smile and shoulder shrug. His previous work has a funk and blues tone, mixed with a slight rocky vibe and hip hop grit in the drums. The sound created is epic and I cannot wait to hear what vibes the new album will bring. It would be beautiful to see such a great musician – who writes all his own material – hit the Christmas spot in the charts.
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Words by @SazrahProducer
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Sazrah is a UK music producer who has composed music for BBC 1xtra, Film, Catwalk and famous artists. Her blogs are about upcoming artists, music industry tips and general chit chat!