Rag’n’Bone Man has revealed that there were times when he questioned his ability to write songs.
The Human singer, whose real name is Rory Graham, was nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the Ivor Novello Awards for his track “All You Ever Wanted.”
Speaking to the PA news agency after receiving his nomination, Graham, 37, revealed that there have been times throughout his career when he has doubted his songwriting abilities and has worked through them with the support of his close-knit songwriting team.
He said: “I’ve had times where I’ve wondered if I’m good enough or not.
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“But I think I’m fortunate to have colleagues around me who I think are really good writers, and I generally trust the opinions of those people.”
Graham also credited honesty and supportive relationships as key to success as an aspiring songwriter, saying, “I think it’s important to have good and honest people around you to tell you when what you’re writing isn’t up to par .
“So I believe in yourself a little bit and just trust the people around you.”
The East Sussex-raised singer-songwriter, known for his baritone voice, told PA he felt songwriters don’t get enough “glamour” and recognition behind the scenes.
He said: “Sometimes I feel like the songwriters don’t get enough polish.
“I think it’s important on different levels, important for the artist but also important for songwriters who aren’t necessarily also artists.”
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Graham is nominated for the award along with his writing team Mike Elizondo, Natalie Hemby and Ben Jackson-Cook.
Speaking of the collaborative writing process, Graham said, “I’m working with a small group of people that I need to feel really comfortable in the space with, that I feel like I can be open with, and that’s really important because otherwise it’s okay don’t write honestly.”
The inspiration for All You Ever Wanted came from the loss of small music venues, Graham revealed, particularly from memories of his youth and the bars and music venues he frequented in Brighton.
“I grew up around music venues and bars because where I grew up in Brighton there’s quite cultural, significant places where artists cut their teeth, these little little bars where bands play,” he said.
“And it just seemed to me back then that every time someone would say, ‘Oh, that doesn’t exist anymore’ or ‘These places have been closed,’ for whatever reason.
“And we’re trying to capture that in the song, and so I came into the studio with these ideas and these lyrics, and then the other guys helped me finish the song.”
The Ivor Novello Awards at The Ivors with Apple Music will be held at Grosvenor House in London on May 19th.
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