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James Arthur

James Arthur

James Andrew Arthur (born 1988) is a British singer and musician who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. His debut single, Impossible, was released after the final and debuted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart on 16 December 2012 in its first week of release. Since 2005, and prior to his participation in The X Factor, he was a vocalist and guitarist in a number of bands, and later, as a solo artist as well as forming his own The James Arthur Band and James Arthur Project. Arthur was born in Middlesbrough, England to English mother Shirley Ashworth and Scottish father Neil Arthur. James’ father was a delivery driver, but also used to be a DJ and a drummer for many years. Arthur’s parents split when he was just two-years-old and each settled with a new partner. Neil and Shirley were not on talking terms with each other for more than twenty years. But they agreed to attend the show together in a family reunion to attend their son’s performance. Arthur first went to Ings Farm Primary School in Redcar, North Yorkshire. When he was nine, he moved with his mother Shirley and his step father Ronald Rafferty to Bahrain where he studied at the local British School of Bahrain for four years. When they split, Arthur, then 14, had to move back with his mother and his two half-sisters Jasmine and Neve to the UK to live in a modest house in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.Upon his return, he continued his studies at Redcar’s Rye Hills School. Arthur has five siblings, an older brother called Neil Arthur, an older sister called Sian Arthur, and three younger sisters, Charlotte Arthur and Jasmin and Neve Rafferty. Arthur has been writing and recording songs since 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. They 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 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 57 Records UK. Emerald Skye - a four-piece indie pop/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). Arthur also uploaded many of his own songs to Soundcloud and YouTube including an album entitled Sins by the Sea. In 2011, he auditioned for The Voice UK and made it into the final 200 contestants but no further. In early 2012, he recorded songs and released two EPs 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 released an EP named Hold On under the name 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 auditioned for The X Factor with an acoustic rendition of judge Tulisa Contostavlos’s «Young», before explaining his past, including spells in care and time spent on the streets after break-ups within his family. He also revealed his father and mother had not spoken to each other for over 20 years, and this was a reunion of sorts for them to attend his audition. After his judges’ houses performance of «I Can’t Make You Love Me», he was picked by his mentor Nicole Scherzinger as one of the 12 contestants for the live shows, and one of just three in the «Boys» category. After the second live show, Arthur suffered from an anxiety attack backstage. Whilst being treated at the studio, paramedics determined he did not need to go to hospital, and he was ordered back to his hotel to rest. He later returned for the results show the following. Arthur was in the bottom two in week 7 after performing «Can’t Take My Eyes Off You». He sang «Fallin’» for survival against Ella Henderson, with the judges going to deadlock after their vote was evenly split 2-2 (mentor Scherzinger and Gary Barlow voting to keep him, while Contostavlos and Louis Walsh voted in favour of Henderson). Arthur was then saved by the public vote. On 8 December, he made it through to the second night of the live finals. Arthur won The X Factor on 9 December 2012, with 53.7% of the vote, against Jahméne Douglas who received 38.9% of the vote. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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Impossible

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You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You

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Recovery

Recovery

Can I Be Him

Can I Be Him

Get Down

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Certain Things

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Safe Inside

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Impossible - Acoustic

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New Tattoo

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Supposed

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Smoke Clouds

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Flyin'

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I Am

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Remember Who I Was

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Back from the Edge

Back from the Edge

Roses

Roses

Say You Won't Let Go - Luca Schreiner Remix

Say You Won't Let Go - Luca Schreiner Remix

Emergency

Emergency

Sermon

Sermon

Safe Inside - Mark McCabe Remix

Safe Inside - Mark McCabe Remix

Train Wreck

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Let Me Love the Lonely

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Prisoner

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Impossible (Acoustic)

Impossible (Acoustic)

Sober

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The Truth

The Truth

Can I Be Him - Acoustic Live Version

Can I Be Him - Acoustic Live Version

Recovery - Acoustic

Recovery - Acoustic

Can I Be Him - SJUR Remix

Can I Be Him - SJUR Remix

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You - Acoustic

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You - Acoustic

Finally

Finally

Phoenix

Phoenix

Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus Cover)

Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus Cover)

Get Down - Acoustic

Get Down - Acoustic

If Only

If Only

Skeletons

Skeletons

Supposed - Acoustic

Supposed - Acoustic

Coming Home for Summer

Coming Home for Summer

Holding On

Holding On

Get Down (Acoustic)

Get Down (Acoustic)

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You (Acoustic)

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You (Acoustic)

Tuesday

Tuesday

Impossible - Official Single

Impossible - Official Single

Supposed (Acoustic)

Supposed (Acoustic)

Last Time

Last Time

Superman

Superman

Artist's Albums

Impossible

Impossible

Back from the Edge

Back from the Edge

James Arthur (Deluxe)

James Arthur (Deluxe)

Say You Won't Let Go

Say You Won't Let Go

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You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You

James Arthur

James Arthur

Say You Won't Let Go (Luca Schreiner Remix)

Say You Won't Let Go (Luca Schreiner Remix)

Recovery

Recovery

Safe Inside (Mark McCabe Remix)

Safe Inside (Mark McCabe Remix)

Can I Be Him (Acoustic Live Version)

Can I Be Him (Acoustic Live Version)

Can I Be Him (SJUR Remix)

Can I Be Him (SJUR Remix)

Hold On

Hold On

Remember Who I Was

Remember Who I Was

Sermon

Sermon

Get Down

Get Down

Impossible - single

Impossible - single

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You (Remixes)

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You (Remixes)

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James Arthur | vk.com/rnbspot

Back From The Edge (Deluxe Edition)

Back From The Edge (Deluxe Edition)

Back from the Edge [Explicit]

Back from the Edge [Explicit]

Say You Won't Let Go (Remix)

Say You Won't Let Go (Remix)

Say You Won't Let Go - Single

Say You Won't Let Go - Single

Keep Calm & Chillout

Keep Calm & Chillout

The X Factor

The X Factor

Say You Won't Let Go [Single]

Say You Won't Let Go [Single]

NOW That's What I Call Music! 95

NOW That's What I Call Music! 95

The James Arthur Collection

The James Arthur Collection

Can I Be Him

Can I Be Him

Music

Music

Let Me Love the Lonely (Duet Version)

Let Me Love the Lonely (Duet Version)

James Arthur (Bonus Track Edition)

James Arthur (Bonus Track Edition)

The BRIT Awards 2014

The BRIT Awards 2014

Now That's What I Call Music! 84

Now That's What I Call Music! 84

Voices: Simply the Best

Voices: Simply the Best

100 Песен от которых замирает Сердце

100 Песен от которых замирает Сердце

The Official Uk Top 40 Singles Chart 16-12-2012

The Official Uk Top 40 Singles Chart 16-12-2012

James Arthur (Deluxe) [Explicit]

James Arthur (Deluxe) [Explicit]

James Arthur & The X Factor plus more & (EP)

James Arthur & The X Factor plus more & (EP)

The Official Uk Top 40 Singles Chart 23-12-2012

The Official Uk Top 40 Singles Chart 23-12-2012

Now That's What I Call Music! 86

Now That's What I Call Music! 86

Now That's What I Call Drive

Now That's What I Call Drive

Europa FM (2013)

Europa FM (2013)

Back from the Edge (Japan Deluxe Edition)

Back from the Edge (Japan Deluxe Edition)

The Official Uk Top 40 Singles Chart 06-01-2013

The Official Uk Top 40 Singles Chart 06-01-2013

Supposed - Single

Supposed - Single

Unknow

Unknow

Impossible [Single]

Impossible [Single]

NRJ party hits 2013

NRJ party hits 2013

James Arthur [Explicit]

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