Nathan James Sykes (born 18 April 1993) is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known for being the youngest member of British boy band The Wanted. In 2013, Sykes appeared with his bandmates in the E! channel reality series The Wanted Life. Afte...
Nathan James Sykes (born 18 April 1993) is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known for being the youngest member of British boy band The Wanted. In 2013, Sykes appeared with his bandmates in the E! channel reality series The Wanted Life. After the band's hiatus in 2014, Sykes embarked on a solo career. His debut single "Kiss Me Quick" was released in July 2015. It reached number-one on the US Dance Club Songs chart.
Sykes was born on 18 April 1993 to parents Harry and Karen Sykes. He has a younger sister, Jessica Sykes, who is also a singer. Sykes attended Sylvia Young Theatre School and Ribston Hall High School Sixth Form.
Sykes started singing at a very young age, when he was just 6 years old. In 2003, he won various competitions including Britney Spears' Karaoke Kriminals and Cheltenham Competitive Festival of Dramatic Art. In 2004, he appeared on ITV's Ministry of Mayhem, and won the Door Youth Project's "Undiscovered Youth Talent Contest" where he performed "Mack the Knife" in Derker, and he attempted to represent United Kingdom in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004 that was held in Lillehammer. In the finals he finished in third place with the song, "Born to Dance", not being able to beat, Cory Spedding and runner up Andrew Merry. In 2008, he performed for the music competition "Live and Unsigned".
2009–14: The Wanted
In 2009, when he was 16 years old, Sykes auditioned for the boy band The Wanted. Auditions were held by Jayne Collins and Sykes was chosen as one of the five members. He joined bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker and Jay McGuiness. In 2014, the band The Wanted decided to take a break and pursue personal endeavors. To go out in style, they ended with a tour of the UK and the US.
2013–present: Debut solo album
In 2013, Sykes and Ariana Grande released "Almost Is Never Enough". In 2014 Sykes signed a record deal with Global Entertainment (a part of the Global Group along with Capital's owner Global Radio). In June 2014 he joined singer Jessie J on stage for Capital's Summertime Ball to perform "Calling All Hearts". In March 2015, Sykes debuted his music video "More Than You'll Ever Know" on Vevo.
Sykes went on his first ever solo tour on 8 April 2015, which includes 6 sold out shows across the United Kingdom. Sykes also announced via the app Periscope that his debut single is called "Kiss Me Quick". The single was released on 5 July 2015. On 21 May 2015 Nathan released his music video for his debut single "Kiss Me Quick" On Vevo. The song peaked to number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. On 22 May 2015 Sykes officially joined the 2015 line-up of Capital's Summertime Ball making it his sixth consecutive appearance at the ball (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 with The Wanted, 2014 as Jessie J's special guest and 2015 his first time as a solo performer). Sykes announced his second single "Over and Over Again" in October 2015. The music video for "Over and Over Again" was released on 28 October and received worldwide praise from fans. It was then later released worldwide on 20 November 2015. It was also announced that Sykes would support Little Mix on their 'Get Weird' Tour in March 2016.
In the summer of 2012, he started seeing Dionne Bromfield, but in early 2013, they split. He also dated Ariana Grande, with whom he split from in December 2013.
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