Rory Graham, known professionally as Rag'n'Bone Man, is a British singer-songwriter from Uckfield, near Brighton.
Early years (2007–2010)
At the age of 15, he MC'd with a drum 'n' bass crew, using the handle Rag 'N' Bonez, inspired by watching repeats of the 1970s British sitcom Steptoe and Son. After testing out his rap skills at open-mic hip hop nights in Brighton and bingeing on UK hip hop artists like Roots Manuva, he started going to London to a night at Brixton's Jamm called Slipjam B. There, he hooked up with a couple of performers, Gizmo and DJ Direct, and they formed a crew called The Rum Committee. Over next few years, they supported hip hop artists Pharoahe Monch and KRS-One at Brighton's Concorde 2, and release their own album through Bandcamp: it was through this that Graham learnt the rudiments of studio recording.
Parallel to all this, in private, he worked on his potential as a singer. At 19, encouraged by his father, he sang at a blues jam in a local pub and the feeling of getting such a positive big reaction had a huge effect. Graham duly self-released a vocal EP called Blues Town. Doors started opening and he was booked for acoustic gigs, including one supporting Joan Armatrading at Brighton Dome.
Wolves and Disfigured EPs (2011–2015)
Around 2011, Graham started working with UK hip hop label High Focus, releasing a number of recordings with them.
Shortly afterwards Graham began to collaborate with record producer Mark Crew, who at the time was working on Bastille's debut album Bad Blood. In 2013 Graham signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell which meant that he was able to give up his job working as a carer for people with Asperger syndrome and pursue his music career full-time.
In 2014, working in collaboration with Mark Crew, Graham released an EP, Wolves through Best Laid Plans Records, containing nine tracks with guests including rapper Vince Staples, Stig Of The Dump, and Kate Tempest.
The follow up, in 2015 was the Disfigured EP, also released through Best Laid Plans Records. Lead track "Bitter End" was supported, then play-listed on BBC Radio 1 Xtra, and made it onto BBC Radio 1's 'In New Music We Trust' playlist.
"Human" and debut album (2016–present)
His first hit single "Human" was released on Columbia Records in July 2016. It has peaked at number one in Austria and number one in Germany and at number five in Switzerland. It will be followed by his debut album with tracks produced variously by Two Inch Punch, Jonny Coffer and Mark Crew.