Rita Ekwere was born in Nigeria and relocated to Catford, London when she was a toddler. She began singing at an early age, and her sister used to tell her that she had an awful voice. This motivated Ray to keep going and pursuing music. As a teen, she created a group with her friend MNEK, who is a UK based singer and producer, but they never released the music for the world to hear.
She began performing under the name “Ray BLK” and ‘BLK’ stands for Building.Living.Knowing. She attended college and worked so she could continue to pursue her musical aspirations. She has stated that she hopes to stay an independent artist so that she can retain the rights to all of her music.
While in college, she recorded many songs, and in 2015, she released her first EP titled Havisham. In 2016, she released her second project Durt which contains features from artists Stormzy, SG Lewis, and Wretch 32. In early 2017, she was chosen as the winner of BBC’s ‘Sound of’. I was first introduced to Ray BLK through the music suggestion feature on Spotify, and I have been hooked on her music and unique sound ever since.
To learn more about Ray BLK visit her website
To hear more music visit her SoundCloud