Jack Garratt spent much of his youth in the quaint Bucks village of Little Chalfont experimenting with music at his parents’ home.
He wrote his first song at just 12 years old and learned to play a variety of instruments from the guitar, drums and piano to the harmonica, mandolin and ukulele.
“I love music and everything it does,” he said, “so why not have a crack at everything!”
Today, he performs as a one man band, wowing the crowds with his stamina, intensity and multi-tasking musicianship.
Jack got his break after posting music to the BBC Introducing Uploader in 2009, which led to his first radio play on BBC Introducing in Beds, Herts and Bucks. This was soon followed by regular spins from Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens on Radio 1 and, after his performance at Radio 1’s Future Festival earlier this year, it became clear he was a force to be reckoned with.
He cites Jack White and Sound Of 2012 runner up Frank Ocean as the main inspirations behind his carefully crafted sound: An eclectic, uncategorisable blend of styles that has won him an army of fans, as well as the title of BBC Introducing Artist of the Year at this year’s BBC Music Awards.
The BBC's Sound Of list was started in 2003 with the aim to showcase the most exciting and innovative rising stars.
It has gained a reputation as a democratic survey, giving a glimpse into the future of music and predicting some of the biggest acts in the world.
Previous winners include Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, HAIM and Years & Years.
The acts that appear on the Sound Of list are all hand-picked by a panel of impartial UK based experts from the music industry.