Joel Culpepper

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Last Show: Friday 7 th December 2018

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With a distinctive style inspired by British fashion and modern culture, South East London born, Joel Culpepper, has been described as 'the UK's answer to Andre 3000 and Frank Ocean'. Joel's debut EP, 'Skydive' was released independently in 2012. Joel garnered attention from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra. George Ergatoudis, (then Head of Music, BBC Radio 1) tweeted: “UK’s answer to Frank Ocean?” 

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"What a voice, he’ll be a superstar"

Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6 Music

In June 2014, Joel was BBC Introducing artist of the week and later invited to perform on the BBC Introducing stage at Bestival. In May 2015, Joel joined Paloma Faith on her Australian tour as the main support act. Performing in packed venues, including the iconic Sydney Opera House, Joel gained new fans and praise from the Australian media for his notable performances. 

"Plenty of similar talents have gone before and failed, but Culpepper, possessing perhaps the best British male voice since Omar – no lie – deserves to sell albums." – The Brag magazine (Australia)

In January 2017, Joel released his second EP, ‘Tortoise’. It features production by Grammy award winning producer Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Paolo Nutini, James Bay); Morgan Nicholls (Gorillaz, Muse) and Rich De Rosa (Rita Ora, Example); American producer Roy Davis Jr (Mary J Blige, Seal); Swindle (Little Dragon); Kay Young (produced B.I.G on Skydive); Jools Holland’s Musical Director Phil Veacock, scored and arranged strings and horns. In June 2017, the second single ‘Afraid to be King’ was BBC Radio 6 record of the week.