As a child, Gary Clark Jr. (29) actually wanted to be a basketballer or baseball player, but when he held a guitar for the first time, everything changed. After a girlfriend took him to a blues club when he was in his teens, he had also found his genre - although he himself says he is also influenced by jazz, soul, country and hip hop. In recent years Clark has shared the stage with many legends of music, including The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck, and fellow musicians like Alicia Keys have lavished him with praise. The New York Times compared him to Jimi Hendrix and President Barack Obama even referred to him as "the future of blues". Although he has released several albums and EPs in the past, it was 2012's Blak And Blu that drew attention, along with the single Ain't Messin 'Round. With that, his career is now really taking off, and rightly so.