Loyle Carner

Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner (born 6 October 1994), known professionally as Loyle Carner, is an English hip hop musician. After supporting various rappers during their tours, he released his debut album, Yesterday's Gone, in 2017, which garnered a nomination for the 2017 Mercury Prize. He went on to release his second album, Not Waving, but Drowning, in April 2019. Throughout his career, Carner has been nominated for two Brit Awards.

Loyle Carner
Carner performing at Haldern Pop in 2019
Carner performing at Haldern Pop in 2019
Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner
Born (1994-10-06) 6 October 1994 (age 26)
Lambeth, South London, England
GenresHip hop[1]
Years active2012–present
  • AMF
  • Speedy Wunderground
  • Virgin EMI Records
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Benjamin Gerard Coyle-Larner[2][3] was born on 6 October 1994 in Lambeth, South London.[4][5] He and his younger brother, Ryan, were raised in South Croydon by his mother, Jean, a teacher of children with learning difficulties, and his stepfather, Nik.[6][7] He has had minimal contact with his father, who is of Guyanese descent.[7] Carner is mixed race.[8] His stage name is a spoonerism of his double-barrelled surname as well as a reference to his childhood struggle with his ADHD and dyslexia diagnoses.[9][10][11]

At age 13, Carner portrayed a small role in the 2008 film 10,000 BC.[12] He started his secondary education at Whitgift School in South Croydon, having secured a scholarship, and moved on to study at the Brit School, and began studying for an acting degree at the Drama Centre.[8][13] In 2014, he dropped out of the Drama Centre after his stepfather died of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), deciding to focus on his music.[7]

Music careerEdit

Carner played his first official gig at The Button Factory in Dublin, Ireland in October 2012 supporting British rapper MF Doom.[14] He released his first extended play in September 2014, titled A Little Late, which was well received by music critics.[7] He supported American rapper Joey Badass on his UK tour and went on to play the 2015 UK festival season, including Glastonbury Festival.[15][16] In October 2015, he played on Huw Stephens' BBC Radio 1 show as part of their Piano Sessions series.[17] Carner was included in the BBC's Sound of 2016 list.[18] In August 2016, he supported American rapper Nas in his show at the O2 Academy Bristol.[19] Later in the year, he collaborated with poet Kae Tempest for a performance.[20]

His debut album, entitled Yesterday's Gone, was released on 20 January 2017.[21] It garnered acclaim from music critics.[2][22] The album was nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize, which was won by Process by Sampha.[23] It was named album of the year by The Independent.[24] In 2018, he received two respective Brit Award nominations for British Breakthrough Act and British Male Solo Artist.[25] He was scheduled to perform on BBC Radio 1 in February 2018 but cancelled due to a disagreement over cover song choices.[24] Carner's sophomore album, Not Waving, but Drowning, was released on 19 April 2019.[26] On 30 June, Carner performed as part of the year's Glastonbury Festival on its Other Stage, marking his second appearance after playing the John Peel Stage the year before.[27] The song "Angel" was listed as part of the FIFA 20 soundtrack playlist.[28]


Carner employs a "languid rapping style".[8] His sound has been described as "confessional hip-hop", "introspective", "jazz-infused", as well as "sensitive and eloquent".[7][15][14] He cites American hip hop and grime music as musical influences.[29][30] He also regards American poet Langston Hughes and British writer Benjamin Zephaniah as influences.[30][31]

Personal lifeEdit

As of January 2017, Carner lived in Croydon, South London with his mother and younger brother.[32] He loves to cook and also runs a cooking school for children with ADHD called Chilli Con Carner.[33][34] He has titled songs after chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Antonio Carluccio.[13] Carner has nut and sesame allergies.[11] In 2018, he appeared in a film for a project by the charity organisation Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), which aims to prevent male suicide.[35] The following year, he curated an art exhibition and donated its proceeds to CALM.[1]

Carner is a supporter of Liverpool F.C.[36] As a tribute to his stepfather, who idolised Eric Cantona and was a passionate Manchester United F.C. supporter, Carner released a song titled "Cantona".[8] He also named his 2016 tour after Cantona, and has worn his stepfather's Cantona shirt during concerts.[7][37] Carner used samples of songs written and performed by his stepfather alongside Misure La VerT for Yesterday's Gone's hidden title track, which concludes the album.[38]


Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
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)


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
"Tierney Terrace / Florence"[46] 2015 Non-album single
"Stars & Shards"[47] 2016 Yesterday's Gone
"No CD"[48]
(featuring Rebel Kleff)
"The Isle of Arran"[49]
(with Jordan Rakei)
2018 74 Not Waving, but Drowning
"You Don't Know"[51]
(with Rebel Kleff & Kiko Bun)
"Loose Ends"[52]
(with Jorja Smith)
"Yesterday"[53] 2020 TBA
"Let It Go"
(with Erick the Architect & FARR)
"—" 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
(Tom Misch featuring Loyle Carner)
2015 Beat Tape 2
"When Will I Stop Dreaming"[55]
(Cadenza featuring Loyle Carner & Kiko Bun)
Non-album single
"Crazy Dream"[56]
(Tom Misch featuring Loyle Carner)
2016 Reverie — EP
"Water Baby"[57]
(Tom Misch featuring Loyle Carner)
2018 Geography
"Good to Be Home"[58]
(Barney Artist featuring Tom Misch, Loyle Carner & Rebel Kleff)
Non-album single
"What Am I to Do?"[59]
(Ezra Collective featuring Loyle Carner)
2019 You Can't Steal My Joy
"I Wonder Why"[60]
(Joesef featuring Loyle Carner)
2020 Non-album single

Guest appearancesEdit

List of guest appearances, showing year released, other artists and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"1992"[61] 2013 Rejjie Snow Rejovich — EP
"Guts"[62] 2016 Kate Tempest Speedy Wunderground – Year 2
"Shadows"[63] 2017 MANIK MC Midnight Express — EP
"Taxin' (Long Version)"[64] 2019 DJ Shadow Our Pathetic Age

Other certified songsEdit

List of non-single certified songs, showing year released, certifications and album name
Title Year Certification Album
(featuring Tom Misch)
2017 Yesterday's Gone


Year Title Credit Notes
2020 Eugene Director
(as part of The Coyle-Larner Brothers)
Music video for the song of the same name by Arlo Parks[65]


Year Organisation/Event Award Work Result Ref.
2017 Mercury Prize Album of the Year Yesterday's Gone Nominated [66]
2018 NME Awards Best British Solo Artist supported by VO5 Himself Won [67]
Best Album supported by Orange Amplification Yesterday's Gone Nominated [68]
Brit Awards British Breakthrough Act Himself [69]
British Male Solo Artist
2019 Q Awards Best Solo Act [70]


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  2. ^ a b Conrad, Anna (10 December 2018). "Loyle Carner talks Ottolenghi on GQ's first digital cover". British GQ. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
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  12. ^ "How you already knew Saturday's stellar lineup from film and TV". BBC Music. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
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  14. ^ a b "Loyle Carner Interviewed: 'Grime Changed my Life'". NME. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
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  17. ^ "Loyle Carner – Heard 'Em Say (Radio 1 Piano Session, 17 Oct 2015)". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  18. ^ Garvan, Sinead (30 November 2015). "Sound Of 2016: All about the music stars you'll be loving in 2016". BBC. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  19. ^ Murray, Robin (5 October 2017). "Review: Loyle Carner shows why he's so highly regarded at Bristol's O2 Academy". Bristol Post.
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  23. ^ Cliff, Aimee (14 September 2017). "Sampha Has Won The 2017 Mercury Prize". The Fader. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  24. ^ a b Shepherd, Jack (15 February 2018). "Loyle Carner pulls out of BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge performance". The Independent. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  25. ^ Nerssessian, Joe (13 January 2018). "Loyle Carner celebrates Brit nominations by taking his mother to the football". Irish Independent. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
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  27. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (30 June 2019). "Loyle Carner wears 'I Hate Boris' T-shirt for Glastonbury performance". The Independent. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  28. ^ "FIFA 20 Soundtrack, featuring Major Lazer, Diplo, Skepta". EA Sports. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
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  33. ^ Garvan, Sinead (26 August 2018). "Meet rapper Loyle Carner, who helps teenagers with ADHD through cookery classes". BBC Online. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  34. ^ Cumming, Ed (21 August 2016). "Rapper's delight: how musician Loyle Carner is teaching kids to cook". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  35. ^ Day, Laurence (12 March 2018). "Loyle Carner stars in new film for CALM's Best Man Project". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  36. ^ Barrie, Thomas (20 June 2020). "Liverpool fan Loyle Carner on the title run-in: 'Until it happens, I can't think about celebrating'". British GQ. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  37. ^ "Loyle Carner, review: Charming hero of hip hop lets his music do the talking". Evening Standard. 20 February 2017.
  38. ^ Petridis, Alexis (19 January 2017). "Loyle Carner: Yesterday's Gone review – melancholy vignettes for rainy afternoons". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  39. ^ a b Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
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  46. ^ "Tierney Terrace / Florence – Single by Loyle Carner". iTunes. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  47. ^ "Loyle Carner: 'Because I Was Dyslexic, I Was Always Told I Shouldn't Write'". The Fader. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  48. ^ "Loyle Carner tackles that OCD with 'No CD'". Nation of Billions. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  49. ^ "Loyle Carner celebrates young dads with 'The Isle of Arran'". DIY. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  50. ^ "Ottolenghi by Loyle Carner & Jordan Rakei". iTunes. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  51. ^ "You Don't Know – Single by Loyle Carner". iTunes. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  52. ^ "Loose Ends – Single by Loyle Carner & Jorja Smith". iTunes. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  53. ^ "Yesterday – Single by Loyle Carner". Apple Music. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  54. ^ "Nightgowns / Tom Misch". Tidal. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  55. ^ "When Will I Stop Dreaming (feat. Loyle Carner & Kiko Bun) – Single by Cadenza". iTunes (UK). 30 March 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  56. ^ "Crazy Dream (feat. Loyle Carner) – Single by Tom Misch". iTunes (UK). 8 June 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  57. ^ "Water Baby / Tom Misch". Tidal. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  58. ^ "Good to Be Home (feat. Tom Misch, Loyle Carner & Rebel Kleff) – Single by Barney Artist". iTunes (UK). 3 October 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  59. ^ "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.
  60. ^ Kenneally, Cerys (17 July 2020). "Joesef and Loyle Carner join forces for new track "I Wonder Why"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  61. ^ "Rejovich – EP by Rejjie Snow". iTunes (UK). 24 June 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  62. ^ "Speedy Wunderground – Year 2 by Various Artists". iTunes (UK). 17 June 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  63. ^ "Midnight Express – EP by MANIK MC". iTunes (UK). 15 September 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  64. ^ "Taxin' (Long Version)". Genius_(website). 17 November 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  65. ^ "Arlo Parks' new video for 'Eugene' was directed by Loyle Carner and his brother, Ryan". Dork. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  66. ^ "Mercury Prize 2017 shortlist". The Independent. 13 September 2017.
  67. ^ "Winners – NME Awards 2018". NME. 14 February 2018.
  68. ^ "Nominees – NME Awards 2018". NME. 17 January 2018.
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  70. ^ Embley, Jochan (13 September 2019). "Stormzy, Dave and Little Simz among Londoners nominated for 2019 Q Awards". Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 September 2019.

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