When big, burly, tattooed, Middlesborough lad James Arthur rolled up to an X Factor audition in 2012, you could have been forgiven for thinking he was there as part of Simon Cowell's security team. Instead, the then 24-year-old strummed out a heartfelt version of Tulisa's song Young and soon he was on his way to the final stages of the British TV talent show. He ended up winning the whole competition with 54% of the public vote and topped the UK charts with his winner's song Impossible (originally a hit for Shontelle), selling over 1.2 million copies. Signed to Cowell's Syco Music company, his follow-up single You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You reached Number 2 the following year and the singer songwriter poured his childhood heartache and life's troubles into debut album James Arthur (2013). Full of anthemic, soulful pop and joyous, R&B ballads, it featured a collaboration with Emeli Sandé on the track Roses and reached Number 2 in the UK album chart.
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