James Andrew Arthur (born 2 March 1988) is a British singer and songwriter who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. His debut single, “Impossible”, was released by Syco Music after the final and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release. Since then, it has gone on to sell over 1.4 million copies in the UK, making it the most successful winner’s single in the show’s historyand has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.The follow-up single “You’re Nobody ’til Somebody Loves You” reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. He released his self-titled debut studio album in November 2013. The album debuted and peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart.
After the release of his debut studio album James Arthur, he was involved in a series of controversies. This led iTunes to offer refunds for the album. The single release “Recovery” made to number 19, while the sales for the fourth single “Get Down” hardly made the top 100. Arthur parted ways with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco in 2014. In 2015, he signed a new deal with Columbia Records to release his second studio album in 2016, titled Back from the Edge. Arthur was also re-signed to Syco in 2016.
Arthur was born in Middlesbrough to an English mother, Shirley Ashworth, and a Scottish father, Neil Arthur. James Arthur started writing and recording songs when he was 15 as an unsigned artist both solo and in many bands including:
- Moonlight Drive
A Cleveland-based progressive, experimental, rock five-piece band with Arthur in lead vocals. The band was active between 2005 and 2008. It had recordings such as “Said You’d Be There”, “Hole in My Heart” and “Tear Me Apart”.
- Cue the Drama
An alternative rock band based in Marske-by-the-Sea and active between 2005 and 2008. Recordings included “On the Radio 98KUPD”, “It’s Killing Me”, “I’ll Reach You” and “It Hurts”.
- Save Arcade
A Middlesbrough alternative rock band made up of Arthur (vocals, guitar), Josh Brown (keyboards, vocals), Matthew Green (guitar), Alex Beer (bass, vocals), Travis Shaw (guitar, percussions, vocals) and Karl Dowson (drums). In 2009, the band released a three-track EP called Truth, carrying the title track “The Truth”, as well as “Echoes” and “I Un-Proudly Present”. In June 2010, the band released a five-track EP, Tonight We Dine in Hades, which in addition to the title track “Tonight We Dine in Hades” included “Superhero”, “You Always Want a Fight”, “Juliet Is Not Dead” and “She Aims to Please”. Both releases were on the independent label 57 Records UK.
- Emerald Skye
A four-piece indie pop and rock band formed in March 2011 based in Redcar / Saltburn-by-the-Sea and made up of Arthur (guitar, vocals), Dean Harrison (piano, violin), Paul Gill (bass) and Save Arcade bandmate Green (drums).
- The James Arthur Project / The James Arthur Band
In early 2012, he recorded songs and released two EPs, firstly a soulful pop EP named Hold On as The James Arthur Project in August 2012 in collaboration with John McGough. The tracks were written and arranged by McGough, and mixed by Matt Wanstall with all vocals by Arthur. Arthur also released an EP as The James Arthur Band. The band consisted of Arthur (vocals and guitar), Jez Taylor (guitar), Chris Smalls (keyboards), Jordan Swain (drums) and Rich Doney (bass). In 2012, the band released The EP Collection CD with nine tracks with R&B, soul and hip hop influences, a compilation of tracks on both EPs.
Arthur also uploaded many of his own songs to SoundCloud and YouTube, as well as an album entitled Sins by the Sea. /Gjithqka Nga Pak