Sekou: Who is the BRITs Rising Star 2024 nominee?
The Leicester-born native has already had an auspicious start to his career, he first signed with a label aged 16 after they saw a video of him performing in a car park, and has since gone on to move to London and release several acclaimed singles on Universal and issue his first EP, Out Of Mind, all of which came out this year.
Oh, and did we mention that he's already played Glastonbury? And that it was his first ever live performance?
Here's everything you need to know about Sekou.
Who is BRITs Rising Star 2024 nominees Sekou?
Sekou is a 19 year old British singer-songwriter, born in Leicester but now based in London.
His music is an intriguing mix of mellow commercial pop melodies, R&B, soul and even hip-hop.
What has Sekou said about his BRITs Rising Star 2024 nomination?
Reacting to his nomination, Sekou said: "Being nominated for BRITs Rising Star is absolutely crazy. I grew up in a small town and watched the BRITs every single year. The performances were always amazing - Adele, Amy, Sam Smith, Beyoncé. I remember being 10 years old when Adele sang ‘Someone Like You’ for the first time and being like… YES that’s gonna be me one day.
"Don’t even get me started on Beyoncé. I’m so grateful to be considered for this. For me, this feels like God telling me to continue to work harder and keep pushing. Thank you BRITsssssss!!!!"
What does Sekou sing?
The first track you need to check out from Sekou is also his most popular across streaming services. Bitter piano ballad Better Man is a bruising listen at first, and comes from the most personal place possible. Sekou wrote it about his difficult relationship with his father growing up.
"I find it hard to talk to myself, I was afraid to ask for help," Sekou sings. "I made my mind up to be a better man."
Who are the BRITs Rising Star 2024 nominees?
When is the BRITs Rising Star 2024 winner announced?
The winner will be revealed on Thursday December 7 2023.
When are the BRIT Awards 2024?
The BRIT Awards 2024 will be held on March 2 at London's The O2.
When are the BRIT Awards 2024 nominees announced in full?
The full list of 2024 nominees is yet to be unveiled, but are typically announced in January.