With heart-tugging bluesy vocals and compositions blending blues, rap and elements of gospel, British musician Rory Graham, known for his stage moniker Rag’n’Bone Man has been slowly winning the admiration of millions worldwide. His hit-single Human has gone platinum in eight countries, reaching double platinum status in Australia, Belgium, Switzerland and the UK, as well as being iTunes number-one most played song in 46 countries. Apart from landing on the Nb.1 spot of the UK Album chart and scoring the fastest-selling male debut album of the decade, Rag’n’Bone Man has also received the prestigious Britt and Echo Awards.
Rag’n’Bone Man will be visiting the Baltics next spring as part of his groundbreaking Grande Reserve Tour, performing in Riga, Latvia on April 27, in Tallinn, Estonia on April 30 and in Vilnius, Lithuania on May 1.
Although having seemingly shot to stardom overnight, the 32 year old musician’s well-deserved fame is the culmination of nearly a decade of hard work. Growing up listening to early blues and soul, encouraged by his father, the self-taught singer switched from hip-hop to singing is his late teens. His stunning debut album Human is preceded by several of his earlier EPs. In his own words, he admits that it was simply the right time to release Human. “The EPs had served their own purpose – they were like flashes, projects that I could do short-term. But I’d made so much material over the years that it was time to create something bigger, better and more powerful” Rag’n’Bone Man stated in a recent interview.
And right he was. Rory Graham is by all accounts, a man of classical values. His moniker – Rag’n’Bone Man comes from watching reruns of the 1970s British sitcom Steptoe and Son with his grandfather. Graham’s music is a reflection of that mix – a classical sound with a modern twist.
NME Magazine described Human as being “at once modern and classic, fusing blues, hip-hop and vintage sounds with a pop attitude”, with The Guardian dubbing it as a “triumph of gritty, blues-inflected pop.” The Telegraph compared Graham’s vocal capabilities to Adele’s, adding that “both artists won the hat-tipping Brits Critics Choice Award, and both shun the mould global superstars are expected to fit (Graham is a bearded, shaven-headed goliath – he dwarfs his guitar). Instead, they shift records and melt hearts with big voices and even bigger personalities.”
2017 was Rory’s year of triumph – he became the first musician to simultaneously receive both the BRIT Award for the Best British Breakthrough Act, as well as the prestigious BRITs Critics’ Choice Award. With sold-out shows across Britain and Europe, his upcoming Grande Reserve Tour promises to be equally as fascinating.