James Arthur

At Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek


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About James Arthur

In December 2012, James Arthur’s debut single “Impossible” became the biggest X Factor winner’s song of all time, achieving over three million downloads and staying at No1 for three weeks.  The buzz around the Middlesbrough-born singer was different to previous champions. Regarded as the ITV show’s first credible artist, James not only possessed showman-like qualities with an incredible, distinctive voice, but he could back up his stage presence with natural song-writing ability.  He was destined to finally break the male winner’s hoodoo by forging a successful chart career and the early signs were looking good.
Impossible was nominated for a Brit Award and his self-titled first album, featuring No2 single You’re Nobody Until Somebody Loves You and collaborations with Naughty Boy and Emeli Sande, was certified Gold in the UK after worldwide sales of over 400,000. Only global superstar Eminem kept him off the top of the album charts.

However, months after his debut single was finally usurped from the top spot, his obsession to become that elusive X Factor breakthrough male artist proved to be his undoing. The pressure he put upon himself became too much and the singer, in his own words, “cracked”, triggered by a dependence on marijuana and prescription drugs to cope with anxiety.
The people’s winner, the musicians’ winner, had lost the public support thanks to well documented Twitter spats with his detractors whom he now admits he couldn’t handle. His actions resulted in the loss of his record deal with Syco in June 2014.

Fast forward two years and James is a very different animal. Refreshed after a break from the spotlight, he no longer has an axe to grind with the world and the substances he relied upon to cope with the strain of fame and criticism are no longer his dependence.  
Now it’s his music which is doing the talking courtesy of his highly-anticipated second album, Back From The Edge, featuring the single Say You Won’t Let Go (out September 9), his sound board for what has been a truly turbulent career, still very much in its infancy.
James says: “It’s embarrassing to look back because it’s not who I am. That’s not my heart, that’s an ego speaking. It’s someone who got lost in the whole fame thing.
“I’ve always been an anxious character. As a child I struggled with acceptance and trust. I spent time in foster care, through all of that I’ve got this real trust issue. 
“When there’s no expectation, you still have that paranoia, but when it’s on a scale where everyone is talking about you it was magnified and I lost my mind. I cracked. 
“I saw all these past X Factor winners and thought ‘why do they never do anything?’ 
“I’ve got to make a stamp here. If I’m going to do this, I want to be great. 
“It manifested some way that with all the other s*** I was doing, I ended up becoming a control freak and becoming bitter when I saw any negativity. 
“I got into a lot of feuds.   There were many comments made about me but you can’t say I’m bad at music, so when I saw those types of things, for some reason I’d bite back at them."

James’s new lease of life has been sparked by clean-living and creative control on his second album, which is released on November 4. He believes he’s been given the opportunity to show his potential to the millions of TV viewers who voted for him to win the X Factor nearly four years ago.

He says: "I don’t recognise that artist in my first album.  Some of the songs are great, but I was writing for other people then. I was trying to write a hit, trying to be the best X Factor winner ever. It got really good reviews, but the one thing people said was ‘we missed a bit of the character we saw on the show’ and I fully agree with that.  This album has loads of character in it. There is a bit of self-indulgence in there too as I had to tell my story. People will relate to it and the message is hope, to like yourself, love and respect.”

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