NEW: @BBCMusic #SoundOf2017 @RayBLK_ drops 'Patience' (Freestyle) - (Prod by. @Lophiile)
Ray BLK emerged as one of the most talented artists within our great nation over the past 12 months, and after building a huge name for herself from early 2016 she has put in serious work to master her sound, and she is now reaping the benefits.
The first time I discovered the London girl was through her track '50/50' and from there I have been gripped into her movements within the scene and have watched her drops very closely. She has released numerous tracks seeing her link up with Stormz, and has also dropped the very sick project 'Durt' on iTunes. 2016 saw her achieve several acccolades, for example featuring on Jools Holland, and she has continued this success into the new year. Yesterday, she was announced as BBC Music's #SoundOf2017. Nominated next to a long list of talented creatives from the UK. Over the course of the week the BBC announced their top 5 and she has now been revealed as the winner.
You can see the full list below.
1st. Ray BLK
2nd. Rag'n'Bone Man
4th. Jorja Smith
5th. Nadia Rose
The Japanese House
Shortly before being announced as the #SoundOf2017 winner, Ray BLK announced that she would be releasing a fresh new track to us, entitled 'Patience (Freestyle)'. This one comes as a product of her time in LA. We all knew she was out in the states putting in the work, but it is very refreshing to see a complete product of the time she spent out there. She is now globally trained on the microphone and this alongside her natural talents is nothing but a recipe for success and greatness.
The powerful track, produced by Lophile, was premiered by Zane Lowe on Beats1 yesterday. That in itself shows the progression and the movment, from releasing tracks on UK platforms to having it streamed and premiered on a globally recognised streaming service, not only a globally recognised platform, but one of the most popular platforms in the world. The talent this young girl possesses was always going to be recognised, but the past 12 months she has excelled any other previous upcoming artist, and I can safely say she deserves all the success she has received, and is going to received.
Make sure you check this one out via the link to her SoundCloud below.