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What's the deal with… Raleigh Ritchie?

Get the lowdown on the 'Adulthood' and 'Game of Thrones' actor making a move into pop music

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That, my friend, is a pretty sweet name. How’s it pronounced?
Well, as the 23-year-old singer states proudly on Twitter: ‘Raleigh like ballet, Ritchie like Lionel’.

Is it his real name?
Sadly not. It’s actually an amalgam of the Bristol lad’s two favourite characters from Wes Anderson film ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’. That said, eagle-eyed telly fans might spot his real name (Jacob Anderson) in the credits of ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘Skins’.
Was he a boom operator?
As if. He’s been a successful actor dude since breaking through in 2008 movie ‘Adulthood’. But music is totally his main gig now.

So what’s his sound?

He’s a modern pop all-rounder, with more tricks than Dynamo.

Tell me more…
‘Stronger Than Ever’ (taken from his ‘Black and Blue’ EP) is a defiant tune about moving home.  Sonically, it’s an anthemic mix of piano ballad, fist-pumping rock-step and even double-time rap. He’s a smoothie too: listen out for the nu-soul swing on ‘Free Fall’ (also on ‘Black and Blue’).

The Bottom Line:
Sod Lionel, say ‘hello’ to the new Ritchie in town.

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