The unveiling of the BBC’s Sound Of 2017 winner draws ever closer, with 4th and 3rd spot being handed out to Jorja Smith and RAYE. The two female artists join grime new comer Nadia Rose on the top 5 shortlist.
Walsall based singer songwriter Jorja Smith – awarded third spot in the shortlist – has received plaudits from non other than Drake and Skrillex; since going on to rack up over 1m plays on SoundCloud for her track ‘Blue Lights’. Incorporating cloudy piano chords and introspective wordplay conveyed with a sufficient level of swagger similar to Lauryn Hill, Smith’s tracks set her up to be one of the brightest stars of 2017.
A worthy entrant at third in the shortlist, London’s RAYE has been putting in hard graft for some time and is already reaping the rewards at the tender age of 18. Following in the footsteps of the Brit School’s famed alumni, her debut EP in 2014 has lead to credits on tracks alongside hip-hop heavyweight Nas while also scoring a support slot on tour with Jess Glynne. With 2017 already off to a good start for the pop vocalist, expect the rest of the year to follow suit.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of RAYE