The Class Of 2006

Paul Gambaccini presents his choice of the breakthrough artists of 2006.



He talks to the Feeling's Dan Gillespie Sells and Ciaran Jeremiah, and singer-songwriter Mika.

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Corinne Bailey Rae's album is one of the best selling albums of the year and though her success may seem sudden, she is 27 years old and has been involved in music for many years.

The huge airplay success of Put Your Records On at the beginning of the year set the scene for her breakthrough.

Born Matthew Miller 26 years ago, reggae artist Matisyahu lives with his wife and young son in Brooklyn.

A passionate Bob Marley fan and follower of the neo-hippie jam band Phish, he honed his rap and human beatbox skills in shortlived groups and club performances.

Following his spiritual conversion, the Live At Stubb's album of a concert in Austin, Texas, was an unexpected big success and his first studio album was released this year.


James Morrison's debut album Undiscovered reached number one and includes two huge airplay songs; he has co-written all of the material, plays guitar and sings them in a soulful voice.

Jim Moray released his debut album in 2003, which won him two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Album of the Year and the Horizon award for best newcomer; his second album released this year is an ambitious blend of traditional folk songs and original compositions given startling orchestral arrangements.

Swedish-born Jose Gonzales made his album Veneer as a side project while doing a PhD in biochemistry and his life changed when Heartbeats from the album was used as the soundtrack for a distinctive TV commercial.