James Arthur

James Arthur

Pop Singer

James Arthur is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to fame after winning the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. His debut single, a cover of Shontelle's "Impossible", was released by Syco Music after the final, and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Full Name
Mar 2, 1988
6′ 3″
Net Worth


James Andrew Arthur was born on March 2, 1988 in Middleborough, England. He attended the prestigious Singer Stage School and his father was a self-employed plumber. His early talent for music was noticed by his parents and he started playing guitar at age 12. During his teenage years, James wrote original songs as well as performing covers at local gigs.

In 2012, James auditioned for the ninth series of The X Factor UK and made it through to the live finals. He was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger and won the show with his performances of “Impossible” and “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You”. This earned him a record deal with Syco Music and Sony Music. In 2013, he released his debut single “Impossible” which became an instant hit, reaching number one in several countries including the UK and Ireland. His debut album Back from the Edge followed in 2016 which included hit singles such as “Say You Won’t Let Go” and “Can I Be Him”.

James has gone on to win multiple awards including two BRIT Awards for British Single of the Year (2016) and British Artist Video of the Year (2017). He has also been nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Pop Solo Performance (2018) and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (2019). As of 2020, James is working on new material as well as touring Europe and North America.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1988</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">James Arthur is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On March 2, 1988, James Arthur is born in Middlesbrough, England.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2008</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Debut Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Arthur releases his self-titled debut album, James Arthur.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2012</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Auditions for The X Factor</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Auditions for the ninth series of The X Factor UK and makes it to the live shows.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2013</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins The X Factor</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins the ninth series of The X Factor UK and receives a recording contract with Syco Music.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2014</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Sophomore Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Arthur releases his sophomore album, Back from The Edge.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Third Album</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his third studio album, You.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2019</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives BRIT Award Nomination</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Nominated for British Single of The Year at the 2019 BRIT Awards.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's Talented</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">James Arthur is an incredibly talented pop singer. His music is heartfelt, relatable and has a unique sound that sets him apart from other artists in the genre. He also has an impressive vocal range and his live performances are always captivating.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's Charismatic</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">James Arthur is extremely charismatic. His stage presence draws people in and his interviews and social media interactions show that he is genuine and passionate about his fans. People love to watch him perform because of his energy and enthusiasm.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Has a Unique Style</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">James Arthur has a unique style that sets him apart from other artists. His fashion sense is one of a kind and he often chooses to dress in an eclectic mix of styles, which makes him stand out from the crowd. His look and sound are truly one of a kind.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First UK Artist to Have Two UK Singles Reach Number One in the Same Week</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">James Arthur was the first UK artist to have two UK singles reach number one in the same week. His singles 'Say You Won't Let Go' and 'Can I Be Him' both achieved the feat in 2016.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Was a Member of X Factor's Winning Team in 2012</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">James Arthur was part of the winning team on the 2012 season of The X Factor, mentored by Nicole Scherzinger.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Released a Mixtape Before Signing to a Record Label</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">James Arthur released a mixtape called 'My Story' before signing to a record label and releasing his debut album.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Played in a Band Before Becoming a Solo Artist</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">James Arthur was a lead singer in a punk band called 'Travelling Band' before going solo.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Wrote Songs for Other Artists</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">James Arthur has written songs for other artists including Chris Brown, Emeli Sandé, and Little Mix.</p></div>


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