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Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner[2] (born 6 October 1994), known professionally as Loyle Carner, is an English hip hop musician.[3] His sound has been described by NME as "sensitive and eloquent" and by The Guardian as "confessional hip-hop".[3][4]

Loyle Carner
Loyle Carner.jpg
Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner
Born (1994-10-06) 6 October 1994 (age 25)
Lambeth, South London, England
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2012–present
Labels
  • AMF
  • Speedy Wunderground
Associated acts
Websitewww.loylecarner.com
Loyle Carner at Haldern Pop Festival 2019

Carner's debut album, Yesterday's Gone (2017), was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize.[5]

His stage name is a spoonerism of his double-barrelled surname as well as a reference to his childhood struggle with ADHD and dyslexia.[6]

CareerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Carner was born in Lambeth, South London[7] and brought up in South Croydon[8] by his mother, Jean, his step-father, Nik, and his younger brother, Ryan.[9] He has had minimal contact with his father, who is of Guyanese descent.[9] He has been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia.[10][11][12]

At the age of thirteen, Carner had a small role in the 2008 film 10,000 BC, credited as "Young Hunter".[13] He started his secondary education at Whitgift School in South Croydon, and moved on to study at the Brit School, and began studying for an acting degree at the Drama Centre.[4][9] In 2014, he dropped out of the Drama Centre after his stepfather died of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), and decided to focus on his music.[4][9]

Music careerEdit

Carner played his first official gig at The Button Factory in Dublin, Ireland in October 2012 supporting MF Doom.[3] He released his first EP in September 2014, titled A Little Late, which was well received.[9][13] He supported Joey Badass on his UK tour and went on to play the 2015 UK festival season, including Glastonbury Festival.[4][14] He went on tour and collaborated with poet and spoken-word artist Kate Tempest in late 2015.[14] In October 2015 he played on Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 show as part of their Piano Sessions series.[15] In late August 2016, he supported Nas in his show at the O2 Academy Bristol.[citation needed]

His debut album, entitled Yesterday's Gone, was released on 20 January 2017.[16]

On 27 July 2017, it was announced that Yesterday's Gone, was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize (which was eventually won by Sampha).[5]

In March 2019, he announced that his sophomore album, Not Waving, but Drowning, was released on 19 April 2019 through AMF Records.[17]

On 30 June 2019 Loyle Carner performed on ’The Other Stage’ Of Glastonbury festival making his second appearance after playing the ‘John Peel’ stage the year before. During the 1 hour set Tom Misch And Jordan Rakei were brought out as guests. Loyle Carner also appeared in Ezra Collective’s set as guest.

In September 2019, the single "Angel" was announced as a song for FIFA 20 Soundtrack playlist.[18].

Personal lifeEdit

Carner's stepfather, known professionally as Steven Vengeance, died in February 2014.[19] In his debut album Yesterday's Gone, Carner used samples of his stepfathers songs, with the title track written and performed by Vengeance alongside Misure La VerT concluding the album.[20]

Carner is a Liverpool F.C. supporter, although at concerts he wears his stepfather's Eric Cantona shirt; a passionate Man United supporter, Eric Cantona was his stepfather's idol. Carner named his 2016 tour after Cantona in memory of his stepfather.[9] He also supports Scottish football club Rangers F.C. and was quoted, "My grandad was a Glasgow Rangers fan. We used to go see Rangers play together."[21]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organisation/Event Award Work Result Ref
2017 Mercury Prize Album of the Year Yesterday's Gone Nominated [22]
NME Best Songs of 2017 "Stars & Shards" Included [23]
2018 NME Awards Best British Solo Artist supported by VO5 Himself Won [24]
Best Album supported by Orange Amplification Yesterday’s Gone Nominated [25]
Brit Awards British Breakthrough Act Himself [26]
British Male Solo Artist [27]
2019 Q Awards Best Solo Act [28]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[29]
BEL (FL)
[30]
FRA
[31]
GER
[32]
IRE
[33]
SWI
[34]
Yesterday's Gone 14 135 171 86 69
Not Waving, but Drowning
  • Released: 19 April 2019
  • Label: AMF Records
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
3 31 109 66 26 33
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended playsEdit

  • A Little Late (2014)

SinglesEdit

As a lead artistEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[29]
"Tierney Terrace / Florence"[36] 2015 Non-album single
"Stars & Shards"[37] 2016 Yesterday's Gone
"No CD"[38]
(featuring Rebel Kleff)
"The Isle of Arran"[39]
"Ottolenghi"[40]
(with Jordan Rakei)
2018 74 Not Waving, but Drowning
"You Don't Know"[41]
(with Rebel Kleff & Kiko Bun)
2019
"Loose Ends"[42]
(with Jorja Smith)
62
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As a featured artistEdit

List of singles as a featured artist, showing year released, and album name
Title Year Album
"Nightgowns"[43]
(Tom Misch featuring Loyle Carner)
2015 Beat Tape 2
"When Will I Stop Dreaming"[44]
(Cadenza featuring Loyle Carner & Kiko Bun)
Non-album single
"Crazy Dream"[45]
(Tom Misch featuring Loyle Carner)
2016 Reverie — EP
"Water Baby"[46]
(Tom Misch featuring Loyle Carner)
2018 Geography
"Good to Be Home"[47]
(Barney Artist featuring Tom Misch, Loyle Carner & Rebel Kleff)
Non-album single
"What Am I to Do?"[48]
(Ezra Collective featuring Loyle Carner)
2019 You Can't Steal My Joy

Guest appearancesEdit

List of guest appearances, showing year released, other artists and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"1992"[49] 2013 Rejjie Snow Rejovich — EP
"Guts"[50] 2016 Kate Tempest Speedy Wunderground - Year 2
"Shadows"[51] 2017 MANIK MC Midnight Express — EP

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Horan, Tom; Horan, Tom (9 October 2016). "Loyle Carner review – the sentimental face of grime". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "Ain't Nothing Changed – Loyle Carner".
  3. ^ a b c "Loyle Carner Interviewed: 'Grime Changed my Life'". NME. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d "Loyle Carner shares his family strife to create awkwardly confessional hip-hop". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  5. ^ a b Cliff, Aimee (14 September 2017). "Sampha Has Won The 2017 Mercury Prize". The Fader. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Loyle Carner: Why the South London rapper's album may have you in tears - NME". NME. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  7. ^ "findmypast.co.uk".
  8. ^ "Croydon rapper Loyle Carner – following in the footsteps of Bastille and Clean Bandit at LeeFest".
  9. ^ a b c d e f Famurewa, Jimi (5 January 2017). "Loyle Carner: It was drilled into me from a young age that music had to have a story". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  10. ^ Famurewa, Jimi (5 January 2017). "Loyle Carner: It was drilled into me from a young age that music had to have a story". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  11. ^ Bassil, Ryan (20 May 2016). "ADHD Isn't My Disorder, It's More Like My Superpower". Noisey. Vice. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  12. ^ Hind, John (17 November 2018). "Loyle Carner: 'I grew up with ADHD, and for me cooking is close to meditation'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Staying Loyle to your Roots". Guestlist. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  14. ^ a b "New Music: Loyle Carner & Kate Tempest 'Guts'". MOBO. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Loyle Carner – Heard 'Em Say (Radio 1 Piano Session, 17 Oct 2015)". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  16. ^ Bingham, Jaguar (19 November 2016). "Loyle Carner is dropping his debut album". Mixmag. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  17. ^ Subscribe. "Loyle Carner announces new album 'Not Waving, But Drowning'". DIY. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  18. ^ "FIFA 20 Soundtrack". FIFPlay. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Loyle Carner carries the weight of the world in new video". Dazed. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  20. ^ Petridis, Alexis (19 January 2017). "Loyle Carner: Yesterday's Gone review – melancholy vignettes for rainy afternoons". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  21. ^ Sweeney, Chris (13 September 2017). "IBROX LOYLE Mercury Prize contender Loyle Carner says his biggest influence was his Rangers-mad grandad". The Scottish Sun. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Mercury Prize 2017 shortlist". Independent. 13 September 2017.
  23. ^ "NME's best songs of 2017 so far". NME. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  24. ^ "Winners | NME Awards 2018". NME. 14 February 2018.
  25. ^ "Nominees | NME Awards 2018". NME. 17 January 2018.
  26. ^ "Nominees | Brits 2018". BBC. 13 January 2018.
  27. ^ "The Brit Awards 2018 nominations: Stormzy goes head-to-head with Ed Sheeran for Best British Male". Evening Standard.
  28. ^ Embley, Jochan (13 September 2019). "Stormzy, Dave and Little Simz among Londoners nominated for 2019 Q Awards". Q Awards. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  29. ^ a b Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  30. ^ "Discografie Loyle Carner". ultratop.be. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  31. ^ "Discographie Loyle Carner". lescharts.com. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  32. ^ "Loyle Carner - Not Waving, but Drowning". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  33. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts" (To access, go to "2019" > "26-Apr-19" and filter by "Loyle Carner"). Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  34. ^ "Discographie Loyle Carner". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  35. ^ "BRIT Certified - bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Loyle Carner" and select "Search by Keyword"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  36. ^ "Tierney Terrace / Florence - Single by Loyle Carner". iTunes. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  37. ^ "Loyle Carner: 'Because I Was Dyslexic, I Was Always Told I Shouldn't Write'". The Fader. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  38. ^ "Loyle Carner tackles that OCD with 'No CD'". Nation of Billions. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  39. ^ "Loyle Carner celebrates young dads with 'The Isle of Arran'". DIY. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  40. ^ "Ottolenghi by Loyle Carner & Jordan Rakei". iTunes. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  41. ^ "You Don't Know - Single by Loyle Carner". iTunes. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  42. ^ "Loose Ends - Single by Loyle Carner & Jorja Smith". iTunes. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  43. ^ "Nightgowns / Tom Misch". Tidal. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  44. ^ "When Will I Stop Dreaming (feat. Loyle Carner & Kiko Bun) - Single by Cadenza". iTunes (UK). 30 March 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  45. ^ "Crazy Dream (feat. Loyle Carner) - Single by Tom Misch". iTunes (UK). 8 June 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  46. ^ "Water Baby / Tom Misch". Tidal. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  47. ^ "Good to Be Home (feat. Tom Misch, Loyle Carner & Rebel Kleff) - Single by Barney Artist". iTunes (UK). 3 October 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  48. ^ "Ezra Collective have teamed up with Loyle Carner for their new single, 'What Am I To Do?'". Dork. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  49. ^ "Rejovich - EP by Rejjie Snow". iTunes (UK). 24 June 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  50. ^ "Speedy Wunderground - Year 2 by Various Artists". iTunes (UK). 17 June 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  51. ^ "Midnight Express - EP by MANIK MC". iTunes (UK). 15 September 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2019.

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