Rag'n'Bone Man

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Rag'n'Bone Man
Rag'n'Bone Man performing in June 2017
Rag'n'Bone Man performing in June 2017
Background information
Birth nameRory Charles Graham
Also known as
  • Rag ‘n’ Bonez
  • Moon
Born (1985-01-29) 29 January 1985 (age 36)
Uckfield, East Sussex, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
Years active2010–present
Associated acts

Rory Charles Graham (born 29 January 1985), better known as Rag'n'Bone Man, is an English singer and songwriter. He is known for his deep baritone voice. His first hit single, "Human", was released in 2016, and his debut album of the same name was released in 2017. At the 2017 Brit Awards, he was named British Breakthrough Act and received the Critics' Choice Award.

Early life[edit]

Rory Charles Graham[6] was born on 29 January 1985 in Uckfield, East Sussex.[7] He attended Ringmer Community College in Ringmer, from which he was expelled, and then enrolled at Uckfield College in his hometown. At the age of 15,[citation needed] he began MCing with a drum and bass crew using the handle Rag 'N' Bonez, inspired by watching repeats of the BBC sitcom Steptoe and Son. While at school, he was part of a group of youths supported by The Prince's Trust who developed a community project which involved painting and gardening in Crowborough.


When he moved to Brighton, his friend Gi3mo formed the rap group Rum Committee and invited him to join them. He started performing at Slip-jam B, where he met people who helped him start his career.[8] Over the next few years, they supported hip hop artists Pharoahe Monch[9] and KRS-One at Brighton's Concorde 2, and released their own album titled Boozetown (2012) through Bandcamp and other digital stores. Just weeks before the Rum Committee album release, Rory Graham was asked to support Joan Armatrading at Brighton Dome. With no solo releases to his name to distribute on the night, he worked with Rum Committee producers Gi3mo and Sherlock Bones to create his first official release, the eight-track Bluestown EP (2012), which included one feature from the rap artist Ceezlin.[citation needed]

Wolves and Disfigured EPs (2011–2015)[edit]

In 2011, Graham started working with UK hip hop label High Focus Records, releasing a number of recordings with them such as a collaboration with MC/producer Leaf Dog titled Dog 'n Bone EP (2013) and a project with MC/producer Dirty Dike titled Put That Soul on Me (2014). Shortly afterwards, he began to collaborate with record producer Mark Crew, who at the time was working on Bastille's debut album Bad Blood. Graham signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell in 2013.[10]

In 2014, in collaboration with Mark Crew, Graham released the EP Wolves through Best Laid Plans Records, containing nine tracks with guests including rapper Vince Staples, Stig of the Dump, and Kae Tempest. Graham, along with Skunk Anansie, also featured on Bastille's third mixtape, VS., on the song "Remains". His follow-up in 2015, the Disfigured EP, was also released through Best Laid Plans Records. The lead track "Bitter End" was playlisted on BBC Radio 1 Xtra, and made it onto BBC Radio 1's "In New Music We Trust" playlist.[citation needed]

Human (2016–2020)[edit]

Graham at the SWR3 New Pop Festival 2017

Graham's first hit single, "Human", was released on Columbia Records in July 2016.[11] It peaked at number one in the official singles charts in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. It was certified Gold in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. "Human" was used as the theme music to the Amazon Prime series Oasis, in the official launch trailer for the video game Mass Effect: Andromeda,[12] in the trailer for the 2017 film Thank You for Your Service, in the television series Inhumans,[13] and in the season 2 intro for the TV show Into the Badlands.[14] The song was also used in the outro for Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 9, as well as the Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan television series.

Graham's debut album, also titled Human, was released on 10 February 2017.[15] The album opens with the song "Human", features the single "Skin", and has tracks produced by Mark Crew, Two Inch Punch, and Jonny Coffer. The album won the BBC Music Award for British Album of the Year in 2017 and he was nominated for Artist of the Year. Later in 2017, Graham collaborated with British virtual band Gorillaz, appearing on the song "The Apprentice" from the deluxe edition of their fifth studio album Humanz.[citation needed]

Graham also sang and co-wrote one of the songs, "Broken People", from Will Smith’s 2017 Netflix film Bright.[16]

In January 2019, Graham collaborated with Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris to record the song "Giant". It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. He also collaborated with the Italian singer Zucchero Fornaciari to write the song "Freedom", for the album D.O.C..[17]

Life by Misadventure (2021)[edit]

In January 2021, Graham released "All You Ever Wanted", the lead single from his second studio album Life by Misadventure. He then collaborated with Pink for the second single from the album, "Anywhere Away from Here". The album was originally going to be released on 23 April 2021,[18] but was postponed to 7 May 2021.[19]



Year Awards Category Work Result
2017 Brit Awards[20] Critics' Choice Award Himself Won
British Breakthrough Act Won
Echo Awards International Newcomer Won
International Male Artist Won
MTV Europe Awards Best New Act Nominated
Best Push Act Nominated
NRJ Music Awards International Breakthrough of the Year Won
Žebřík Music Awards Best International Discovery[21] Nominated
2018 Brit Awards British Male Solo Artist Nominated
British Album of the Year Human Nominated
British Single of the Year "Human" Won
Denmark GAFFA Awards Best Foreign New Act Himself Nominated
2020 Ivor Novello Awards Most Performed Work[22] "Giant" Won
2021 Berlin Music Video Awards Best Concept[23] "All You Ever Wanted" Pending


  • Human Tour (2017)
  • Life By Misadventure Tour (2021–22)


  1. ^ a b "Rag 'n' Bone Man | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  2. ^ a b Beaumont, Mark (15 February 2017). "Rag'n'Bone Man review – retro-soul spirituals with lounge rap interludes". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Reed, Ryan (11 January 2019). "Hear Calvin Harris' Brassy New Song With Rag'n'Bone Man, 'Giant'".
  4. ^ "Columbia Records on Facebook". Columbia Records. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. ^ "BRITs 2017 Critics' Choice Shortlist: Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie, Rag'n'Bone Man Make the Cut". Billboard. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  6. ^ Graham, Rory Charles. "ASCAP Ace Search". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  7. ^ Barton, Laura (1 January 2015). "'A little punk, a little jazz, a little shoegaze': meet the new blues" – via The Guardian.
  8. ^ "Rag N' Bone Man: The MC building a refuge for his past loves". Huckmagazine.com. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  9. ^ Vulture, About the Author Culture Vulture Emma Calway is Dead Curious' Culture (6 March 2014). "Pharoahe Monch Live at Concorde 2, Brighton". Dead Curious. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  10. ^ Disfigured – EP by Rag'n'Bone Man on Apple Music, 6 March 2015, retrieved 5 October 2017
  11. ^ "HITS Daily Double : Rumor Mill – SONY MUSIC U.K.'S TIPS FOR 2016". Hitsdailydouble.com. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  12. ^ "MASS EFFECT™: ANDROMEDA – Official Launch Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Thank You for Your Service Trailer No. 1 (2017)". YouTube. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Rag'nBone Man's Human intro for Into the Badlands season 2". YouTube. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Rag'n'Bone Man – 'Human' Review – NME". NME. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Logic Links Up With Rag'N'Bone Man for New Track "Broken People"". Complex. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Zucchero Fornaciari: arriva in radio "Freedom", il nuovo singolo" (in Italian). Inside Music. 1 October 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  18. ^ Murray, Robin (29 January 2021). "Rag'n'Bone Man Announces New Album 'Life By Misadventure'". Clash. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  19. ^ Moore, Sam (9 April 2021). "Listen to Rag'n'Bone Man's new collaboration with Pink, 'Anywhere Away From Here'". NME. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  20. ^ Hann, Michael (8 December 2016). "Rag'n'Bone Man wins 2017 Brits critics' choice award". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  21. ^ "Historie – Anketa Žebřík".
  22. ^ "Archive | The Ivors | The Ivors Academy | Champions of Music Creators". The Ivors Academy. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  23. ^ "2021 NOMINEES". Berlin Music Video Awards. Retrieved 9 June 2021.

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