With a light rasp to his soul-inflected singing style and a bluesy approach to the guitar, English singer and songwriter Rhys Lewis emerged from the U.K. in the mid-2010s. He had already developed a significant streaming audience by the arrival of his major-label debut, the Bad Timing EP, in 2018.
A native of Oxfordshire, England based in London, Rhys Lewis began playing the guitar at 13 but only started singing after joining his brothers' band later. He eventually began writing songs on his own, sharing his first material under the moniker Rhys Lewis & the Relics. That led to a record deal with Decca, which released his first official solo single, "Waking Up Without You," in late 2016. He released several more songs over the next year or so, drawing millions of streams each for tunes such as 2017's "Be Your Man" and "Reason to Hate You." The latter appeared on the Bad Timing EP in early 2018. In the meantime, Lewis toured in support of James TW and JP Cooper. ~ Marcy Donelson