He’s the unorthodox and yet distinctive face of modern-day, British soul and blues. A blue eyed singing sensation that has quite literally dominated airwaves across the globe since he broke onto the mainstream with his huge, chart smashing hit ‘Human’, back in 2016.
Recognised by many on account of his visually striking appearance, covered in numerous tattoo’s, adorning a nose ring, shaved head and a seriously impressive beard, Rory Graham, otherwise better known as the Steptoe-and-Son-derived Rag N Bone Man, is the exceptionally talented, baritone virtuoso that few of us need an introduction to.
Born on 29th January 1985 in the small, rural market town of Uckfield, East Sussex, Graham found his love for music at a young age. Citing his father, who regularly played guitar and his collection of old blues records in the house throughout his childhood, as one of his earliest influences, the budding singer initially found his voice by imitating the tones of blues legend Muddy Waters. He would later refine his own unique style whilst performing as an MC with friends in the local drum n bass and hip-hop scene.
He eventually ventured into the world on his own, moving to cultural hotspot Brighton where he found himself on stage supporting the likes of The Rum Committee, US rappers Pharoahe Monch, KRS ONE and Joan Armatrading before recording and releasing his first EP, ‘Bluestown’ in 2012. His remarkable debut did not go unnoticed and doors quickly began opening.
Follow up records the ‘Dog’N’Bone’ in 2013 and ‘Wolves’ in 2015 saw Graham combining efforts with multiple independent labels, including High Focus Records, and other noteworthy musical names, from Vince Staples to Kate Tempest. It wasn’t long before the big labels came knocking and in 2017, Graham released his breakthrough, number 1 selling, multiple award winning full-length ‘Human’ through the highly coveted imprint, Sony/Columbia Records. The albums lead single, also named ‘Human’ sold over half a million copies worldwide and amassed 75 million streams alone.
He’s since performed on sold out shows and festival stages across Europe, the states and here in the UK, won two Brit Awards for British Breakthrough Act and the Choice Award and further collaborated with a plethora of renowned names such as Bugzy Malone, Professor Green and, most recently, Scotsman Calvin Harris on 2019’s hit record ‘Giant’.
Catch this booming, soulful megastar headlining at Highest Point 2021 on Saturday 15th May.
Tickets now on sale at Skiddle.com