Ray BLK named BBC Music Sound of 2017 winner

The R&B singer edged out competition from Rag'n'Bone Man and Raye to receive the prestigious honour.

Ray BLK named BBC Music Sound of 2017 winner

The BBC have announced Ray BLK as the winner of BBC Music's Sound of 2017.

The 22-year-old singer-songwriter and rapper fended off competition from Raye who finished in third place, and BRITs Critics' Choice winner Rag'n'Bone Man who was this year's runner-up. Other acts in the longlist included Jorja Smith and Nadia Rose.

Ray notes Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliot and Timbaland as some of her major influences that have helped her mould her hybrid R&B and Rap sound.

"Winning the BBC sound of 2017 has to be the most surprising thing that's happened to me thus far," explained Ray. "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 alumni that Ray BLK referred to is a list jamp-packed with serious talents that have shaped the British music scene in the years following their BBC success. Names such as Mika, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith and Years & Years.

BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra's Head of Music Chris Price also commented: "Huge congratulations to Ray BLK, a phenomenally talented songwriter with her own unique sound. Not only that, Ray is a fantastic live performer, and we were thrilled to welcome her into the 1Xtra Live Lounge."

Ray BLK's 'mini' album DURT is available to download and stream now.