Jack Garratt 'stunned' to win BBC Music Sound of 2016 poll
Published 08/01/2016 | 07:21
Jack Garratt said he was "stunned" to have won the BBC Music Sound of 2016 poll.
Adele, Sam Smith, Haim, Ellie Goulding, and Years & Years are among the previous winners.
Garratt is tipped to be a big name this year after winning the Brits 2016 Critics' Choice award in November and the BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year Award in December.
He said: "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."
Garratt will release his debut studio album Phase in February. His songs so far include Weathered, Breathe Life, and Chemical - as well as his limited edition EP, Remnants.
The long-list of 15 artists was published in November, with the top five acts revealed each day this week on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show by DJs Annie Mac and Huw Stephens.
The runner-up is Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara, while others in the top five were NAO, Blossoms, and - tied in fifth place - Mura Masa and WSTRN.
Stephens said: "Jack Garratt is an incredibly exciting artist. He's influenced by and understands a lot of different genres, from blues to electronica, and through his song-writing and live performances has become something of a phenomenon both live and on record.
"He has a huge year ahead of him, his music is being heard around the world and he'll release his debut album. He's a very worthy winner of the Sound of 2016."
The Buckinghamshire-born artist-producer and multi-instrumentalist, who lives in London, first began uploading tracks to the BBC's Introducing Uploader in 2009 - but it is only in the last year that he has come to wider attention.
He sold out a UK tour in 2015 and supported Mumford & Sons on their UK tour dates.
About 140 music industry figures including DJs, critics and bloggers voted in this year's list, for which they were asked to name their favourite new acts.