Rag'n'Bone Man at Rock im Park 2017
|Rory Charles Graham|
29 January 1985 |
Uckfield, Sussex, England
Rory Charles Graham (born 29 January 1985), better known as Rag'n'Bone Man, is an English singer-songwriter. His first hit single "Human" was released in 2016 and his debut album, also named Human, was released in February 2017. At the 2017 Brit Awards he was named British Breakthrough Act and also received the Critics' Choice Award.
Graham was born in Uckfield, Sussex on 29 January 1985. He attended the school Ringmer Community College, was expelled, and then enrolled at Uckfield Community Technology College. At the age of 15, he MCed with a drum and bass crew using the handle Rag 'N' Bonez, inspired by watching repeats of the 1970s British sitcom Steptoe and Son.
When he moved to Brighton, his friend Gi3mo formed the rap group Rum Committee and invited him to join them as well. He started performing at Slip-jam B, where he met a lot of people who helped him to start his musical career. Over the next few years, they supported hip hop artists Pharoahe Monch and KRS-One at Brighton's Concorde 2, and released their own album through Bandcamp.
Around 2011, Graham started working with UK hip hop label High Focus, releasing a number of recordings with them such as; a collaboration E.P with MC/Producer Leaf Dog under the name (Dog 'n Bone E.P ) and also a project with MC/Producer Dirty Dike under the name (Put That Soul On Me ).
Shortly afterwards Graham began to collaborate with record producer Mark Crew, who at the time was working on Bastille's debut album Bad Blood. In 2013 Graham signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell which enabled him to pursue his music career full-time.
In 2014, working in collaboration with Mark Crew, Graham released an EP, Wolves through Best Laid Plans Records, containing nine tracks with guests including rapper Vince Staples, Stig Of The Dump, and Kate Tempest. Graham, along with Skunk Anansie also featured on Bastille's third mixtape, VS. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III), in the song "Remains".
The follow up, in 2015 was the Disfigured EP, also released through Best Laid Plans Records. Lead track "Bitter End" was supported, then play-listed on BBC Radio 1 Xtra, and made it onto BBC Radio 1's 'In New Music We Trust' playlist.
His first hit single "Human" was released on Columbia Records in July 2016. It peaked at number one in the Official Singles Charts in Austria, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. It was certified Gold in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The song "Human" was used as the theme music to the Amazon Prime series Oasis. The song was also used in the official launch trailer for EA, BioWare's video game Mass Effect: Andromeda, as well as in the trailer for the 2017 film Thank You for Your Service and also in the Inhumans television series.. In Brazil this song was also used in the soundtrack of Pega Pega from Rede Globo. The song was also used for the sixth season trailers of Highway Thru Hell.
His debut album, also titled Human, was released on 10 February 2017. The album opens with the song "Human", features the single "Skin", and has tracks produced variously by Two Inch Punch, Jonny Coffer and Mark Crew. The album won the BBC Music Award for British Album of the Year in 2017 and he was nominated for Artist of the Year.
Rag'n'Bone Man also won International Newcomer and International Male Artist at the 2017 Echo Awards in Germany and was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Push Artist at the MTV European Music Awards 2017. and Révélation Internationale de l'année (International Breakthrough Act) at the NRJ Music Awards France in November 2017
In May 2017, Rag'n'Bone Man endorsed Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 UK general election. During an interview with Channel 4, he said he saw Corbyn as a "man that speaks with passion". He added that he could "relate to what he says and have never felt like that before".
Graham is in a relationship with Beth Rouy. The couple welcomed their first child in early September 2017. Hailing from Uckfield, a small town east of Haywards Heath in Sussex, England, Rory attended Uckfield Community Technology College and was part of a group of youths supported by The Prince's Trust who developed a community project to improve the community by undertaking painting and gardening tasks in nearby Crowborough.
His music career started in the local youth clubs and pubs of the area around Uckfield, and he still returns to his roots to give concerts.