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This guy is Jack Garratt, the latest hat-wearing, ukulele-wielding Brit to try his luck in America, with a U.S. tour starting today.

The singer-songwriter and all-round musical wunderkind is currently causing ripples on the other side of the pond.

“But why should we care?” we hear you cry.

Well. Jack recently won the coveted Critics’ Choice Award at the BRITs, as well as BBC Sound of 2016. “That all sounds very quaint”, you may say, “but so what?” OK, what if we told you the award’s previous winners include Adele (2008), Florence + The Machine (2009), Ellie Goulding (2010), Jessie J (2011), Sam Smith (2014) and James Bay (2015), all nominated well before they were big name acts? Still not interested?

His music is full of lovelorn lyrics and plaintive pleading, with falsetto vocals that at times recall Sam Smith, all set against a pop landscape that mixes elements of dance music, electronica, and gospel, with even some dubstep wub wubs thrown in for good measure.

What’s more, his single “The Love You’re Given” sounds like what might happen if Ed Sheeran and Pharrell had a baby:

And then there’s his biggest hit to date, “Breathe Life”:

He’s already got some pretty famous fans too, with Sia raving about him and Katy Perry tweeting her 80 million followers that “The Love You’re Given” was her Song of the Day.

Jack’s debut album Phase was released on February 19, but what’s really impressive are his live performances. Like fellow redhead and compatriot Ed Sheeran, 24-year-old Jack performs his shows as a one-man band—singing live while playing guitars, keyboards and drum pads. He’s also been known to turn his hand to the harmonica, mandolin and ukulele.

A short 10-date North American tour starts tonight:

Friday, February 26 – Cambridge, MA
Saturday, February 27 – Washington, DC
Monday, February 29 – New York, NY
Tuesday, March 1 – Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, March 3 – Toronto, ON, Canada
Sunday, March 6 – Chicago, IL
Monday, March 7 – Seattle, WA
Tuesday, March 8 – Portland, OR
Thursday, March 10 – San Francisco, CA
Friday, March 11 – Hollywood, CA

We recommend you catch him now, before everyone knows about him.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.