18-year-old Raury is wise beyond his years. Reading his interviews and deciphering his lyrics shed a light on how mature his viewpoints on life, music and art truly are. As a self-proclaimed “Indigo Child” Raury considers himself a member of a generation of adolescents who grew up in the internet age, and from their earliest memories gained a porthole to the world’s challenges and opportunities through the endless stream of information. That being said, Raury is quickly establishing himself as of the most eloquent and insightful spokesperson of this generation. Born and raised in Stone Mountain Georgia, the young Raury developed a passion for music and leadership early on. These traits in him did not go unnoticed, and as a kid he spent summers at what is called the C5 Music Foundation, a Coca-Cola sponsored camp that encourages kids to grow as leaders through stressing the importance of understanding of others and working towards a common goal. From his adventurist lyrics to his overall message of empowerment down to his trademark sunhat, those summers left their mark on the young artist. Raury began writing songs at 3, before he could understand what exactly it was he was doing. At the age of 11 he picked up a guitar and proceeded to teach himself how to play chord by chord, unaware that the guitar was untuned for the entire first year.
By the time he was 15, he had written and produced his debut project, “Indigo Child” and was balancing his time between round the clock studio sessions and high school days. Raury’s music seeks to innovate and experiment with new heights and sounds. He cites the varied outputs of Phil Collins, Kid Cudi, Bon Iver, Andre 3000 and Coldplay as some who have informed his musical constitution. Combined with Raury’s distinctive creative approach, gift for songwriting, and naturally abundant charisma, these come together to produce an artist decidedly unlike anything currently on the airwaves. Others did not take long to take notice. Within a year, he won the endorsement of ears to the ground personages including Kanye West, Va$htie, Karen Civil, A-Trak, Mac Miller and Diplo. He’s taken the internet and traditional media by storm, finishing fourth in the 2014 BBC Sound Poll and garnering praise from everyone from the The New York Times to Billboard, The Guardian to Dazed And Confused, Complex Magazine to The Source, as well as Vibe, Noisey, MTV, Spotify, XXL and Huffington Post to name a few. Currently putting the finishing touches to his hugely anticipated debut album, Raury aims to put his unique stamp on the soundscape of contemporary music, all the while bringing more and more “indigo children” into the growing movement. This is amply demonstrated with Raurfest, a one day annual festival hosted and curated by Raury in his native Atlanta now entering it’s second year, which sees
him bringing together inspirational and like-minded and artists including the likes of Big K.R.I.T and Trinidad Jame$ for a day of performances and celebration. He said it best himself in a recent interview: ”I just want to make as many people aware that the world is yours,” he says. “The world is really yours. People come down on my generation so often, and I know that’s probably how it works with each generation before it, but I just want to prove them wrong.”