We Spent Our Valentine's At Rag'N'Bone Man's BRITs Week Gig & Now We're Even More In Love
We found out why the 'Human' hit maker was named this year's BRITs Critics' Choice winner...
Rag'n'Bone Man is barely two songs into his headline BRITs Week gig before he stops to explain his bold choice of outfit. "It's a bit loud innit?" he admits, telling us the original T-shirt he was going to wear had had rum spilled down it backstage. And that was the worst thing that happened - a T-shirt that only he could probably pull off.
Admitting he was "nervous" about the gig, this year's BRITs Critics' Choice winner took his moment to shine, filling out London's Clapham Grand for one of a series of gigs leading up to the 2017 BRIT Awards next week, raising money for War Child.
Yes it was Valentine's Day and that didn't go unnoticed to the Brighton singer - aka Rory Graham - who had to keep apologising for some of the less-than-lovey-dovey tracks. "This one's about a serial killer," he quipped before kicking into 'Lay My Body Down'. Someone from the audience still shouted out for him to be her Valentine though!
We don't blame her - Rory's incredible range skirts blues, gospel and spoken word, and it's like a warm blanket shielding you from everything when the world gets a little too much.
His latest single 'Skin', however was by far the stand-out moment of the night. Telling us he's lately preferred performing it acoustically, he stripped it back for us, letting his vocals do the talking. It was met with nearly a full minute of rapturous applause. No wonder he's currently outselling the entire Top 20 in the Official UK Albums Chart this week with his debut album Human. Go on, go get it now.
Sidenote: Rory told us in our exclusive MTV PUSH interview that 'Skin' was inspired by Game Of Thrones. Check out his exclusive performance he did for us here:
Rory powered through 'Grace', 'Odetta' and 'Life In Her Yet' before 'As You Are' stopped us in our tracks, making us think it's crying out for a featured duet later down the line. But of course the nearly chart-topping 'Human' was the climax of the night, the audience knowing every word.
Rag'n'Bone Man already has a BRIT under his belt but next week he's also eyeing up British Breakthough Act opposite Anne-Marie, Blossoms, Skepta and Stormzy, and after last night, he could definitely do it. This summer he's playing Isle Of Wight, Parklife and Wild Life festivals so the next time he's in town near you - go see him.
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