Ray BLK has bee named as the winner of BBC Music Sound Of list for 2017.

The soul singer is the first unsigned arist to have ever topped the prestiguous BBC list, which looks out for promising lists of artists for the coming year.

Ray BLK has been identified in this year’s awards for her promising and unique style of rap music which mixes R&B and honest lyrics for an immersive soulful experience. With influences from Timbaland and Missy Elliott, she released her first compilation of songs, ‘Havisham, in her last year of studying at university.

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So far the soul singer, who was born in Nigeria and now hails from South London, has had a number of encouraging endorsements. These include approval from Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac and Huw Stephens as well as performing on BBC’s 1Xtra live lounge.

The stage name BLK is an acronym from Building Living Knowing, which are values she has identified as being core to her identity and which she wants to use to connect to fans.

Ray BLK commented; “Winning the BBC sound of 2017 has to be the most surprising thing that’s happened to me thus far. I feel so honoured to have topped the list this early in my career and join such an incredible alumni of winners. Thank you so much to the BBC and all the voters! I’m particularly proud to be a part of this year’s list as it’s full of so much talent, some of whom are independent artists like myself which I really hope inspires the next generation of artists.”

The singer releases music on her own label. So far she has avoided signing a record deal so that she is able to retain the rights to her music.

The Sound of 2017 list this year has been selected by 170 DJs, festival organisers and critics. Others on the list include Nadia Rose, Jorja Smith, Raye and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

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