Raury

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Raury
Birth name Raury Deshawn Tullis
Born (1996-06-10) June 10, 1996 (age 22)
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • keyboards
  • percussion
Years active 2014–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website weraur.com

Raury Deshawn Tullis (born June 10, 1996), professionally known by the mononym Raury, is an American singer, songwriter and rapper from Atlanta, Georgia.[1] He is known for his eclectic sound mixing soul, hip hop and folk.[1][2][3] He was born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He was also a member to the C5 Georgia Youth Foundation.[4][5]

Raury released his debut mixtape Indigo Child, on August 25, 2014.[6] The mixtape reached many ears and the success of his mixtape led to a record deal with Columbia Records. Raury has since then released more music and his music has appeared in movies.[7]

Early life[edit]

Raury Deshawn Tullis was born on June 10, 1996, in Stone Mountain, Georgia. It was at age fourteen when Raury decided that he wanted to work with music for the rest of his life. When he was fifteen he started to record and produce music in his friends basement. At that time he was writing songs and putting together projects, but he was too shy to put it out there. Influenced by 2pac, a lot of his early music was sad, aggressive, and about love. His music told stories and he used music as a tool to express himself.[8] In high school, Raury played guitar in a cover band. In 2014, the year Raury graduated, he threw a music festival called Raurfest on his 18th birthday. He then issued a free digital download of his mixtape Indigo Child, and led him to his popularity.[9]

Career[edit]

2014–present[edit]

On August 25, 2014, Raury released his first mixtape, titled Indigo Child. On the same year, he announced that he signed a deal with Columbia Records.[10] In 2014, he was shortlisted for the BBC's Sound of 2015. In 2014, New Zealand singer Lorde invited Raury to contribute his vocals on the song "Lost Souls", which was included on the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.[11] In January 2015, he was placed at number 4 on the list for the BBC's Sound of 2015.[1] In 2015, Raury was featured on the cover of XXL magazine for the 2015 Freshman Class.[12] On October 16, 2015, Raury released his debut studio album, titled All We Need. His song, called "Crystal Express" (which was taken from his album All We Need) appeared on the video game FIFA 16. "Devils Whisper" (which also was taken from his album All We Need) was used for the trailer of the popular Coronation Street storyline. In 2016 Raury went on tour as a support act for the rapper Macklemore.[13] On September 15, 2016 Raury released a single called "butterfly". The song "God's Whisper" appears in the motion pictures American Honey, Lucy and Collide. The song "Devil's Whisper" appeared in the film Logan[citation needed]. On November 17, 2017 Raury appeared on Jaden Smith's album "Syre", in the song "Falcon". As of 2018, it has been confirmed that Raury is no longer signed by the Colombia Records label. In an interview conducted by DJ Booth Raury stated that, "I went to Coachella without any support from the label. It was like they were trying to put me in a position of fear and weakness so I could run out of money and they could control me". On February 17, Raury released his latest single called "Odyssey" on his Soundcloud.

On April 20, 2018, Raury released a project titled "Welcome to the Woods" for free.

Artistry[edit]

Raury is known for his eclectic sound mixing soul, hip hop and folk.[1] He has stated that he is influenced by André 3000, Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Bon Iver, Queen, Fleet Foxes, Marvin Gaye, and Father John Misty.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[14]
US R&B/HH
[15]
US Alt.
[16]
AUS
[17]
UK
[18]
All We Need 78 16 15 46 152

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with selected information
Title Details
Indigo Child
The Woods

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Friends"
(featuring Tom Morello)
2015 All We Need

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as a featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Falcon"[20]
(Jaden Smith featuring Raury)
2017 Syre

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Higher" 2014 SBTRKT Wonder Where We Land
"Forgotten"
"Dead People" 2015 Gucci Mane 1017 Mafia: Incarcerated
"Escape 120" Joey Bada$$ B4.Da.$$
"Diddy Bop" 2016 Noname, Cam O'Bi Telefone
"Losing Your Mind" Jaden Smith The Get Down
"Nobody Tell a Name" 2017 Taylor Bennett Restoration of an American Idol

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "BBC Sound of 2015: Raury Interview". BBC News. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "BBC Music - BBC Music Sound Of, 2015 - 4. Raury". BBC. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Pop Debut Shows Off Teenager's Epic Scope". The New York Times. 25 August 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "18-Year-Old Georgia Singer/Songwriter Raury To Open For Outkast". Georgia Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Clare Dunn, Raury among 2015's artists to watch". USA TODAY. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Indigo Child (album)". Wikipedia. 2017-07-08. 
  7. ^ "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (soundtrack)". Wikipedia. 2018-02-27. 
  8. ^ "19 Things We Learned About Raury – Including The Origin Of The 'Raury Hat'". MTV News. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  9. ^ "Raury | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-03-01. 
  10. ^ "Raury Releases 'Indigo Child'; LoveRenaissance Talks Signing with Columbia Records". Billboard. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Kanye West, Chvrches, Bat For Lashes, Haim, Pusha T, Charli XCX Appear on Lorde's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 Soundtrack". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Wait Is Over: Here Is the 2015 XXL Freshman Class". XXL Magazine. Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Macklemore 3Arena Dublin 2016 live concert date confirmed for Friday April 15th w/ Ryan Lewis! | Music Scene". musicscene.ie. Retrieved 2016-11-30. 
  14. ^ "Raury - Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Raury - Chart History: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Raury - Chart History: Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 
  17. ^ "australian-charts.com - Discography Raury". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  18. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "CHART: CLUK Update 24.10.2015 (wk43)". Zobbel.de. Tobias Zywietz. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - Indigo Child - EP by Raury". iTunes. 
  20. ^ "Falcon (feat. Raury) - Single by Jaden Smith on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 

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