People might be mourning the recent passing of His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh but that doesn’t mean we aren’t allowed to celebrate any successes that come our way during that time, too. One Uckfield local who is registering huge success is Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and he certainly deserves recognition for it despite this tough time for the nation.
With the soulful singer’s recent release featuring American pop icon Pink expected to make a big impression, the collaboration alone signifies a huge step in what has been a bright career for Rory Graham. His first release, Human, helped the Uckfield local massively and truly launched him into the public consciousness. Since then he hasn’t looked back, winning over fans on a daily basis with his powerful voice and likeable nature.
For the people of Uckfield, it isn’t just Rag ‘n’ Bone Man representing the area either. His band is made up of local people, most notably former music teacher Ben Thomas who gave up his career in teaching to pursue his role as the drummer in Graham’s band. Smash hits have followed, alongside appearances on the Graham Norton Show and others.
A likeable character, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man is the type of celebrity who wouldn’t look out of place in a local pub but who can also adapt to a glamorous music awards ceremony. But it is his projection of normality that draws you to him as a personality, even if he has more musical talent than the average person. Many of us finish our work each day, unwind with a movie, play a few games at a PayPal casino online or chat rubbish to our friends and family over a cup of tea – you get the feeling Rag n’ Bone man is the same: normal, experiencing the same things in life as the rest of us; “I’m only human, after all”.
There is certainly more to Rag ‘n’ Bone Man than meets the eye, though. So, without further ado, here is a look at some facts you didn’t know about one of the biggest stars to come out of Uckfield.
He’s a multiple Brit Award winner
The singer-songwriter has already picked up some awards, most notably his Best Single for ‘Human’ at the 2018 BRITs, alongside winning the Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough Act at the 2017 BRIT Awards.
On winning the awards, Rory Graham remained typically humble, saying: “The accolades are great, but you’ve just got to take each day as it comes. Don’t believe your own hype!”
Rag ’n’ Bone Man used to be in a drum and bass crew
Before unleashing his soothing voice on the world, Rag ’n’ Bone Man used to be a fan of drum and bass music. He appeared regularly as an MC using the name Rag ‘N’ Bonez, which he says is inspired by the classic 1970s British sitcom, Steptoe and Son.
He went to Uckfield Community Technology College
Much like former music teacher now turned drummer Ben Thomas, Rag ’n’ Bone Man attended Uckfield Community Technology College, where the pair became close friends.
He was a big part of Rum Committee
After moving to Brighton in his older years, the Uckfield boy joined hip hop group Rum Committee with friends, including Gi3mo, its founder. The group went on to support huge names like Pharoahe Monch and KRS-One at Brighton’s Concorde 2. They also released their own album using the platform Bandcamp.
He used to be a full-time carer
Before making a name for himself in the music world, Rory Graham looked after people with Asperger syndrome and Down’s syndrome for around four years.
Elton John loves Rag ‘n’ Bone Man
Even Elton John’s a fan, recently saying: “I f****ng love you, I think you’re brilliant.”