Jack Garratt has come top of the BBC Sound of 2016 list, it has just been announced.

He is a one-man music industry which sees him sing, write, play many instruments and produce his records.

His is at the cutting-edge of the modern music, with influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tom Waits and Stevie Ray Vaughan through a modern pop super-computer.

"I genre-hop quite a lot... I love manipulating genre and deconstructing it and making it irrelevant."
Jack Garratt

He also jumps between genres with glee, flipping between the haunting electronica of James Blake and the soulful guitar-based balladry of Ed Sheeran. His voice, meanwhile, can go from a Tom Waits growl up to a Sam Smith soar.

The combination of these qualities means he has found himself riding the zeitgeist. As well as topping the BBC Sound of 2016 list, he has won the Brits Awards Critics' Choice prize and the BBC Introducing trophy at the BBC Music Awards.

Never in this history of music tips has one artist been so vigorously feted. Now, with his debut album Phase due out in February, all that is left to do is to prove the tipsters right.

The Longlist

Profiles of the 15 acts on the longlist for BBC Music Sound Of 2016.

1st Jack Garratt
Soul infused electro-pop and neck snapping beats

2nd Alessia Cara
Candid, cool and conscious R&B pop

3rd NAO
Rich and subtle vocals on top of multi-layered synths

4th Blossoms
Psych-pop riffs and vocal melodies

5th Mura Masa
Future-facing beats and atmospheric grooves (joint 5th)

5th WSTRN
R&B rap collective, straight outta West London (joint 5th)
Billie Marten
Yearning, breathy folk from an adolescent prodigy

Dua Lipa
Sultry, sophisticated pop

Frances
Harmonious piano pop

Izzy Bizu
Sun-kissed soul

J Hus
Street smart, exuberant rap

Loyle Carner
Emotive hip-hop with a distinctive style

Mabel
Distinctive and soulful pop storyteller

Rat Boy
Cheeky homegrown indie-punk upstart

Section Boyz
Raw, authentic rap from Croydon collective

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