We've been eyeing Buckinghamshire's Jack Garratt up as our breakout artist of the year for some time, and when it was revealed that he was the BRITs Critics Choice Award winner for 2016's ceremony, we couldn't look back.

Jack Garratt

Jack Garratt

As one of the most talented British musicians of his time, Jack is an unconventional and truly exciting rising star who's caught the attention of thousands after being picked up in the BBC's Introducing scheme.

Uploading his songs for consideration by local and national radio stations, he was first championed by Zane Lowe in 2009 after debut single 'Worry' became Lowe's 'next hype' track.

Since then he's gone on to play the Reading and Leeds Festival BBC Introducing stage, before headlining Radio 1's Future Festival.

But it's not always been success for the young artist, who went crashing out of the junior version of the Eurovision Song Contest a decade ago in last place with his song 'The Girl'.

Chatting about the experience earlier this year, he explained to the Evening Standard: "It was the first song I'd ever written, I had a massive afro. It was the most horrifying experience of my entire life."

And though he's now got an incredible sense of music, the first single he ever bought may surprise some people.

He told the BBC: "I saved up my pocket money when I was about five or six years old. I just wanted to buy a CD and at that age I didn't care about what it was and I ended up buying the Teletubbies Say 'Eh-Oh!' I started off strong." He wasn't the only one. Since its release, the single has sold 1.3 million copies in the UK alone.

But how's this for a follow-up? Jack then eventually went on to work with Andrew McCrorie-Shand - the man who wrote the Teletubbies theme tune.

He's not the only high-profile Jack Garratt fan, with both Katy Perry and Sia tweeting their appreciation:

Now he's preparing himself for the release of debut album 'Phase' on February 19, 2016, and we couldn't be more excited to see what he's got up his sleeve and listen to the new material.

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