In the last couple of years the music charts around the world have seen a significant rise of British musicians in their early twenties. Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent names of this phenomenon:
When listening to George Ezra‘s deep bass-baritone voice, the image that comes to mind will probably be of an middle-aged American blues singer rather than a 21-year-old Brit. Ezra is a graduate of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute in Bristol, and he cites Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie as his main influences. His debut album “Wanted on Voyage” was released on June 2014 and contains the singles “Budapest” and “Blame It on Me“.
Nottingham-born singer Jake Bugg was only 17 when he was signed by Mercury Records. With numerous television and festival appearances under his belt, Bugg’s basic, stripped-down folk music can be heard on his two full-length albums – the self-titled debut and his sophomore album “Shangri La”. Released in November 2013, “Shangri La” was produced by Rick Rubin and features drum performances by the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith.
24-year-old soul/pop singer John Newman is best known for his 2013 UK number-one single “Love Me Again” and for his collaborations with fellow Brits Rudimental and Calvin Harris. His debut album “Tribute” was released in October 2013. As of February 2014, Newman has sold over 1.3 million records in the UK alone.
Probably the most well-known and accomplished musician of this bunch, award-winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran utilizes several vocal styles in his music – singing, rapping, beat boxing – as well as high-technique acoustic guitar playing. His sophomore album "X" has earned him worldwide recognition at age 23, with the number-one singles "Sing" and "Thinking Out Loud".
22-year-old London singer Sam Smith must be the fastest growing R&B singer of this decade. His unique voice and rising popularity led him to participate in BBC Music’s “God Only Knows” and Band Aid 30’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?“. Smith’s Grammy-nominated debut album “In the Lonely Hour” contains the singles “Stay with Me” and “I’m Not the Only One”.