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Pop singer Raye has come third in BBC Music’s Sound Of 2017 listing, which aims to predict the most exciting brand-new musicians of the year.

“I want to be as big as the biggest artists out there, ” responds the 18 -year-old, who applauds from Croydon, in south London.

Despite her age, she already has an impressive quantity of material under her region, a result of eight years of resolved songwriting, singing and recording.

A Brit School drop-out, she secreted her entry EP Welcome to the Winter in 2014, and her distinctive, sultry vocals promptly allured high-profile devotees like Nas and Charli XCX, who co-wrote Raye’s breakthrough single I, U, Us. In proceed, Raye worked on Charli’s current hit, After the Afterparty.

The singer, abide Rachel Keen, spoke to the BBC about her religion upbringing, writing for Rihanna and how a auto clang almost broke her vocation before it started.

BBC Sound of 2017: The Top Five

5. Nadia Rose

4. Jorja Smith

3. Raye

2. Rag ‘N’ Bone Man

1. Announced on 6 January


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