An ex-marine who stands at 6’4″, you might be forgiven for thinking that Bruce Johnson belongs in a WWE ring instead of in the recording studio. However, one moment of his assured, soulful vocal style puts any doubts to immediate rest. Influenced by generations of blues and soul, he is a clear product of his upbringing in the southern states of the USA, and his new album ‘The Deal Baby’ puts that smooth baritone to excellent use.

Look no further than the lead track, ‘No Good’. Immediately into its groove, it’s just one example of why this artist should be on your watchlist. Bookmark his website to make sure he stays there.