Soul singer Michael Kiwanuka has won first place in the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll, which was compiled by industry experts and music critics to find the best rising talent for the upcoming year.

The 24-year-old has previously worked with producer Labrinth as a session guitarist and has even supported Adele on tour, but is still surprised to receive this recognition for his music.

He said:

It’s a great surprise and it means a lot that people are accepting the music they’ve heard so far, and it will bring the music to many more people, which for any musician is a great privilege.

He also wrote this excited tweet on Friday:

The Tell Me A Tale star managed to beat US singer Frank Ocean to the top spot, who ended up in second place, as well as rapper Azealia Banks, who came in third.

Michael Kiwanuka follows in the footsteps of previous winners Jessie J (2011), Ellie Goulding (2010), Corinne Bailey Rae (2006) and 50 Cent (2003). Considering the success that the winners before him have had, there is no doubt that he is going to have a great year.

Congratulations from Pappzd.