Some singers have a gift: they can sweep us away to distant, unforgettable places and engrave their music in our hearts and minds from the very first notes.

Benjamin Clementine is that kind of iconic singer. Two years ago, the young British artist took the plunge, leaving London and its familiar culture to move to Paris, where the creative environment was just what he needed to craft his songs. Benjamin’s musical journey began when he received a toy piano for his 6th birthday. Now, at 24, he is a supremely talented singer with a unique voice, a songwriter, a pianist and a storyteller in the grand tradition of Randy Newman or Gil Scott-Heron. His folk-blues influences are tinged with soul and jazz. Song after song, he weaves a tale: a still enigmatic life, a troubled past and a singular style that calls to mind such legends as Nina Simone, Terry Callier and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins.

In September, Benjamin Clementine released an EP entitled Glorious You, along with a video of one of its songs, “Condolence”. Benjamin’s album will be out in January 2015.