Jack Garratt wins BBC’s Sound Of 2016 poll

This year's longlist also included Rat Boy, Blossoms and Alessia Cara

Jack Garratt has topped the BBC’s Sound Of 2016 poll.

The BBC Sound Of poll takes place annually, seeing 140 “influential music industry experts” picking their top tips for the next twelve months, predicting which relatively unknown acts will break out and achieve widespread success.

This year’s longlist also saw the likes of Rat Boy, Blossoms, Alessia Cara, Loyle Carner and more nominated.

The victory follows Garratt’s recent Brits Critics’ Choice Award which Adele, Florence + the Machine, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Emeli Sandé, Tom Odell, Sam Smith and James Bay have all previously won.

“Winning the BBC Music Sound of 2016 poll has left me feeling pretty stunned at the end of one of the most emotionally and physically intense years of my life. I cannot thank the BBC enough for their continued support, and everyone who voted for me. Every other name on the list is unbelievably talented, and I hope this year will be a great one for all of us,” he said.

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Hailing from Little Chalfont, Garratt has come a long way since 2005, when he entered the British heats for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and placed eighth – out of eight.

Garratt recently announced the details of his debut album ‘Phase’, which will be released on February 19 via Island Records and will feature previous single ‘Weathered’ as well as ‘The Love You’re Given’ and ‘Chemical’. The album was recorded predominantly at Limbo Studios, London.

The album is Garratt’s first and follows the EPs ‘Syenthesiac’ and ‘Remnants’, both of which were released in the last 12 months.

The BBC Sound Of poll launched in 2003, with 50 Cent winning the first year’s prize. Other previous winners include Adele, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J, Sam Smith and Haim.

Nominees over the years have included the likes of James Bay, George Ezra, Frank Ocean, Chvrches, Foals and more.
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