James Vickery's voice will grab you from the very first note. It is rich, powerful, and incredibly soulful, echoing the likes of Rag'n'Bone Man and Sam Smith (but with a lot more soul). Debut EP Complexion was released at the end of 2017 and helped set the tone; he went on to top Spotify's Viral 50 chart in the UK and received radio support out the gate. Vickery cleverly rode the momentum into his second project, last year's Until Morning EP, with the title track garnering praise universally and streams in the millions. Produced by UK R&B artist Louis Mattrs, the song is a sultry slow-jam where James shows his broad range, opening the tune while boasting an impeccable falsetto. It's no surprise he's received attention overseas and recently signed to US label Th3rd Brain, where an album is currently in the works.
A must-hear: "Until Morning"
"Together with Louis Mattrs, I worked very hard to find a sound that I feel is extremely true to what I want to be creating: uncomplicated, raw and passionate soul."—James Vickery