History has already documented 2017 as Rag’n’Bone Man breakthrough year. The English man stormed the music industry with his striking clear and deep bass-baritone voice the previous year when he released his second single, Human which was followed by a debut studio album of the same title.
Released through Columbia Records sometime in February 2017, the album was poised to be successful – thanks to the first three singles released from the album between April 2006 and January 2017. The album went beyond debuting as number one on the UK Albums Chart to occupy top spots in other countries. The sales saw Rag’n’Bone Man emerge as the male artists of the decade with the fastest-selling debut album, surpassing the sales records of phenomenal musicians like Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith.
This was to be expected as the second single from the album which climbed to the second position on the UK Singles Chart and attained the top spot on U.S’ Billboard Alternative Song Chart sold numerous copies to such extent it was certified double Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
For his remarkable advent into the music world, Rag’n’Bone gathered for himself a handful of prestigious accolades and nominations for estimable awards. He was the centre of attention at the 2017 Brit Awards; apart from being honoured as the British Breakthrough Act, the English songwriter and singer won the Critics’ Choice Award.
More to that, the musician was nominated for France’s International Breakthrough Act of the NRJ Music Awards just as he was picked for possible recognition as the Best Push and New Artist in 2017’s MTV European Music Awards. Meanwhile, in Germany, Rag’n’Bone grabbed the International Male Artist and also went home with that International Newcomer laurel at the 2017 Echo Awards. Like we said, history has already named 2017 Rag’n’Bone Man’s breakthrough year.
Rag’n’Bone Man Biography
Rag’n’Bone Man was born as Rory Charles Graham on the 29th day of January 1985. His place of birth was in Uckfield, East Sussex. Although we can’t substantiate this, we have a reason to believe Rory was one of those kids you’d describe as troublesome when he was growing up. For reasons we are yet to confirm, he was chased away by the authorities of his school – King’s Academy Ringmer.
Following the expulsion, Rory’s alternative was to attend his hometown’s Uckfield Community Technology College. It was more out of necessity, Rag’n’Bone Man never liked school. He once disclosed that he’d forsake his school assignments and bunk off with his friends at a CD shop. From there, they’d head to one of his friends’ house and make drum-and-bass mix tapes.
As much as we can tell, Rag’n’Bone Man’s passion for music was planted by his parents and watered by Roots Manuva, an English rapper and producer regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of British music. It is said that Rag’n’Bone Man was working towards becoming a Jungle MC until he started listening to Manuva’s songs. The songs resonated with Rory’s liking for American hip-hop. Thus, he started rapping and singing. He also tapped into his parents’ love for jazz and soul music, worked on blending his music exposure together and birthed his own music style.
When the Graham family moved to Brighton, Rory and his friends formed a rap group they named Rum Committee and he started performing live at events which ultimately exposed him to those who helped him penetrate the music industry.
Surprisingly, Rag’n’Bone Man was never taught how to sing. He would sing, listen to himself and try to make it better. For this reason and the fact that he likes having live performances for people, the man has pledged that his rise to fame wouldn’t stop him from being a musician the way he thought himself music. He would keep performing for people to stay alive in the industry.
His Parents, Family and Girlfriend
From the preceding passage, we’ve come to learn that Rag’n’Bone Man has his parents to thank for the fame, admiration and wealth he’s enjoying today in the name of music. What’s more? Well, that’s all about it – they nurtured their son’s interest in music. His dad would play his guitar as his mum sing along with old blues records. There was a time the musician described his family as a “musical family”.
Rory isn’t married yet but he has been in love with Beth Rouy for over eight years. Now, they have more in common than the love they share. The duo welcomed their first child sometime in September 2017.
Quick Facts About Rag’n’Bone Man
1. He was born and named Rory Charles Graham on 29 January 1985 in Uckfield, East Sussex, England.
2. He got his stage name from the Steptoe and Son British sitcom.
3. Rag’n’Bone Man is 1.96 m tall.
4. He was signed by Columbia Records in 2016.
5. His first album – Human – was released in February 2017.
6. Rag’n’Bone Man is currently the male artists of the 2010 decade with the fastest-selling debut album.
7. He became a dad for the first time in September 2017.