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James Arthur is a British singer and songwriter who won the ninth series of the UK competition show The X Factor in 2012. He released his debut single, “Impossible,” by Syco Music, which topped the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release. Arthur won a BRIT Award for the single. Born James Andrew Arthur on March 2, 1988 in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, to a Scottish father, Neil Arthur, and an English mother, Shirley Ashworth, he has four sisters and one brother. He started writing and recording songs when he was 15 years old. He won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012 and released “Impossible” as the winner’s single.
His mother Shirley raised him alongside his four siblings: Sian, Jasmin, Charlotte, and Neve.
He was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger on The X Factor after singing “A Million Love Songs.”
Quotes by James Arthur
"I've always maintained a good relationship with Simon Cowell, and obviously I have a great respect for him, and his show provided me with a platform to reach a lot of people, so I have the upmost respect for Simon Cowell."
"The thing is, I knew from the very first audition that I did not fit the classic 'X Factor' criteria."
"All my confidence has disappeared because the whole nation thinks I'm a homophobe who looks like a monster."
"I've always looked over my shoulder, especially in my hometown."
"I have nothing but respect for 1D. They are great lads."