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BBC Sound of 2014: my predictions

written by Emma 8th January 2014

Every year the BBC compiles a shortlist of 5 bands or artists that the world expects to see great things from that year. A longlist of 15 acts has already been released, but this week the shortlist is being announced, one by one, on the Radio 1 breakfast show. I am pretty chuffed to say that so far, all my predictions have been right (wahoooooo!). So far the top 5 is as follows:

5. George Ezra

4. Sampha

3. Banks

2. ?

1. ?

George Ezra

I was lucky enough to see George Ezra supporting Lianne La Havas on tour in Bournemouth last year and I was completely astounded. He was absolutely mesmerizing. He has a beautifully unique and mature voice which has a lovely country twang, plus he’s absolutely gorge.


Sampha has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard in my life. I put him in the same league as James Blake and from me, that’s a massive compliment. Apparently he’s really shy in real life, which really comes across in his music. It’s pretty much just him and a piano, but it’s really echoey with lovely melodies and I LOVE that sort of thing. He’s worked with Drake and SBTRKT so I’m super excited to see what he’s got in store for us this year.


Banks is the one I know least about on the list, BUT I do know that Annie Mac and Cherry Healey are massive fans, and seeing as they’re two of my favourite women in the world, she’s got a yes from me. She’s worked with Jamie Woon who was on the BBC Sound of 2012 list himself for creating very ethereal, ‘loopy’ music. She’s kind of like an American version of Jessie Ware. WATCH OUT WORLD. 

 SO, here are my predictions for numbers 1 and 2:

Ella Eyre

She’s got mad hair, a feisty personality and the most soulful voice to come out of 2013. She’s most famous for being the voice of Rudimental’s ‘Waiting All Night’ but she’s already had a massive hit with her own track ‘Deeper’ which is an absolute tune (to say the least). I saw her recently with Rudimental and she was wicked: she had a fantastic stage presence and her vocals were flawless. I will be completely baffled if this mad-haired 19 year-old doesn’t make it into the top 5.

Sam Smith

Even if you don’t recognise him in person, you’ll definitely recognise this guy’s voice. He featured on Naughty Boy’s no.1 hit ‘La La La’ and on loads of Disclosure’s tracks including ‘Latch’ which was huuuuuge. I’m a bit late on the bandwagon but I am fully obsessed with his new track ‘Money on my Mind’ which is currently getting loads of airplay on Radio 1. He also recently won the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award which has been won by the likes of Adele, Florence and the Machine and Tom Odell in the past. He’s got a tendency to be a bit awkward on stage but with a few more radio interviews and TV appearances, I’m sure he’ll be up there with the rest. 

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