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Independent recording artist RAY BLK has been named the winner of the BBC Music Sound Of 2017 list of the ones to watch this coming year. To celebrate this accolade, RAY has released a brand new track ‘Patience (Freestyle)’ which premiered last night across Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Recorded in Los Angeles, the freestyle encompasses RAY’s signature flow, touching on her decision to remain completely independent.

“Patience is about not rushing, and taking everything one step at a time.”

Delivering the honesty of rap music, with her unique blend of soul and R&B spirit, RAY BLK has been supported by BBC Music since she dropped her breakthrough track ‘5050’. The recent release of her project DURT, a dynamic body of work features recent track ‘Chill Out‘ [featuring SG Lewis] and ‘My Hood‘ [featuring Stormzy]. RAY BLK commented on her momentous win;

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 years list as its full of so much talent, some of whom are independent artists like myself which I really hope inspires the next generation of artists.

RAY had a highlight reel of memories in 2016 from delivering a truly epic performance of ‘My Hood‘‘on BBC 2’s Later… with Jools Holland. She was also nominated as Best Newcomer at last years MOBO Awards and featured on MTV’s Brand New for 2017 annual list. With two sold out shows already under her belt last year, RAY BLK announced her Village Underground show for February 27th 2017.


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