Winner of BBC Music Sound of 2017 (the only unsigned artist to ever win this prestigious award) and MOBO nominated RAY BLK, who recently signed a recording deal with the legendary Island Records label, has announced a one-off date at The O2 Forum in Kentish Town, London on October 3rd. The show, Ray’s first major headline show since she completed her sold out UK tour at the end of 2017, will see Blk and full band performing much-loved songs like “Doing Me” and her Stormzy-featured anthem “My Hood”, alongside some hotly-anticipated new material which is set for release this summer. Ray has also been confirmed as the special guest on the forthcoming Rudimental UK tour and will perform at all the dates with the exception of the Alexandra Palace date.
Ray Blk delivers the brash honesty of rap music with her unique blend of soul and R&B spirit. She intricately weaves between genre boundaries borrowing the elements she requires to reach her goals. “I feel proud when my music connects with people,” says the 23-year-old, real name Rita Ekwere, who was born in Nigeria and raised in Catford, South London. Lyrically, RAY’s music is very candid; she isn’t trying to gloss over situations and paint her life as a fairytale. “I say it how it is,” she admits. “The music that I love is the stuff that gives it to you raw. Then you can really connect with it.” The surname BLK that she’s adopted, is a constant reminder of her values: Building Living Knowing.
RAY BLK’s EP ‘Durt’, a diverse seven track mini-album, established Ray as an important and powerful new artist in UK music, an artist whose upbringing and surroundings assuredly shaped her vision.
Truly authentic, relatable and always honest, the forthcoming music will confirm that RAY BLK is here for the long run.