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Jack Garratt tops BBC 'Sound of 2016'

08 January 2016 at 13:08 CET

Jack Garratt, who tried to represent the United Kingdom back in their 2005 Junior Eurovision national selection, has today topped the BBC's Sound of 2016 list, which highlights the most exciting new artists in music. The singer, who is now 24, said he was "unbelievably, overwhelmingly grateful" for the honour.

Having tried to represent the UK in 2005 with his song "The Girl" , and finishing 8/8 in the national selection, Jack was undeterred and continued to work on his music. He got his big break through the BBC's Introducing scheme - which also uncovered 2014 Eurovision Song Contest entrant Molly Smitten-Downes - and has seen tracks such as "Breathe Life" and "Weathered" enjoy good airplay BBC Radio 1.

The BBC's 'Sound of 2016' list was compiled using tips from a panel of 144 DJs, journalists, festival bookers, bloggers and critics. Last year's winners were pop trio Years and Years, who joined the likes of Adele, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding as former names to top the list.

Congratulations, Jack!