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Ray is the new BLK

NEW BLACK: Ray BLK

INDEPENDENT RECORDING artist Ray BLK has been named the winner of the BBC Music Sound Of 2017 list of the ones to watch this coming year.

To celebrate this accolade, Ray released a new track Patience (Freestyle) which premiered last week across Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Recorded in Los Angeles, the freestyle encompasses Ray’s signature flow, touching on her decision to remain completely Independent.

Delivering the honesty of rap music, with her unique blend of soul and R&B spirit, Ray BLK has been supported by BBC Music since she dropped her break- through track 5050. The recent release of her project DURT, a dynamic body of work features recent track Chill Out Ft. SG Lewis, My Hood Ft. Stormzy, Gone Ft. Wretch 32 as well as 5050.

Ray BLK commented: “Winning the BBC sound of 2017 has to be the most surprising thing that’s happened to me thus far. I feel so honoured to have topped the list this early in my career and join such an incredible alumni of winners."

“Thank you so much to the BBC and all the voters. I’m particularly proud to be a part of this years list as its full of so much talent, some of whom are independent artists like myself which I really hope inspires the next generation of artists."

A longlist of the top 15 artists for the BBC Music Sound Of 2017 was published in November and the top five acts were revealed each day last week by Radio 1 DJs MistaJam, Huw Stephen’s, and Clara Amfo on her Radio 1 show.

Hip-hop, blues and soul singer- songwriter Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, was this year’s runner-up, followed in third place by pop musician RAYE, who amazed crowds at the BBC Introducing stage at The Great Escape 2015.

Jorja Smith, a singer-songwriter from Walsall, West Midlands, was fourth on the list, and the multi-faceted female rapper Nadia Rose was in fifth position. Stephens said: “Some artists have that magic about them. I’ve played everything I’ve heard from Ray BLK on my BBC Radio 1 show, and she played a stunning Radio 1 Piano Session for us. “She has a real, raw talent that cuts through so strongly. Ray BLK’s own songs and collaborations with artists like Stormzy and Wretch 32 have left us all so excited about her as an artist. She is the real deal.”

Chris Price, head of music for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, said: “Huge congratulations to Ray BLK, a phenomenally talented songwriter with her own unique sound. Not only that, Ray is a fantastic live performer, and we were thrilled to welcome her into the 1Xtra Live Lounge, as well as capture her collaboration with Wretch 32 for Radio 1’s Piano Sessions. “The BBC will keep nurturing brilliant new talent like Ray, who has had a really exciting couple of years as an emerging artist and has earned all the success coming her way in 2017
and beyond.”

Around 170 influential music industry experts including DJs, critics and bloggers voted in this year’s list. They were asked to name their three favourite new acts by BBC News. Jamal Edwards MBE, founder of SBTV commented; “It’s amazing and well deserved that Ray BLK has won this year’s BBC Music Sound Of 2017.
“I was blown away when I first watched her perform last year at one of my nights; the reaction was brilliant with everyone raving about her songs, style, voice and that she is the whole package.

“It is a strong start to the year for her to be recognised with such an accolade and I know she’s going to have an amazing year ahead so I can’t wait to see what’s next. She’s something special.” Ray recently delivered a truly epic performance of My Hood on BBC 2’s Later... with Jools Holland.

She was also nominated as Best Newcomer at last years MOBO Awards and featured on MTV’s Brand New for 2017 annual list. With two sold out shows already under her belt last year (Hoxton Bar & Kitchen/Bush Hall), Ray announced her Village Underground show for February 27. Unfortunately for new fans of the emerging star the show is also sold out.

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