James Arthur was the victor of the British X Factor's ninth season in 2012, winning the public vote with a rendition of the ballad ‘Impossible’ which reached number one in the UK.
Born in Middlesbrough, England, Arthur had written and performed in various bands since the age of 15, as well as performing solo in pubs and bars in his hometown.
After his X Factor success, he worked alongside singer/songwriter Labrinth and Graham Stack (JLS, Take That, Westlife) in preparation for his debut album. The album reached number two on the UK Albums Chart and became the 30th best-selling album of the year in the UK.
Arthur released hit single ‘Say You Won't Let Go’ on 9 September 2016 as the lead single from his second studio album ‘Back from the Edge’. The single reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his second chart topper.
It was after this success that he announced his first arena tour and has been confirmed for several of the UK’s biggest festivals.