Joe McElderry


Joseph, (or better known as) Joe McElderry was born on 16th June 1991 in South Shields, England. Joe studied for BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts at Newcastle college Performance Academy in 2010 and graduated with a triple distinction (the highest grade possible).

Joe rose to fame when he won the sixth series of the ITV show The X Factor in 2009. Joe auditioned in Manchester and sang Luther Vandross’s song ‘Dance With My Father’ He was mentored by Universal artist and fellow Geordie, Cheryl Cole.

He was announced the winner of the show on 13th December. His debut single he released as an artist was a cover of Miley Cyrus’ ‘The Climb. This reached number one in the UK Singles Chart and Irish Singles Charts. The winning prize was a record deal with label Syco, Sony Music Entertainment – owned by Simon Cowell. His debut album titled Wide Awake and was released in October 2010.

Following this, he returned and was also the triumphant winner of the second series of ITV show Popstar To Operastar in 2011, proving that he was still unbeatable when performing under pressure on live television. It was revealed that he had received the most votes in every week that he had performed; 80% of the vote in the final made it clear he was poles apart from the other contestants.

Shortly after, it was the announced on 14th July 2011, that Joe had signed a new recording contract with the world’s leading record label, Universal Music.

His album entitled: Classic took him in a new direction, with a range of timeless songs; while having been inspired by a new found repertoire during his time spent being coached by Universal artist and his mentor, the world-renowned Mexican tenor: Rolando Villazón.

Classic was released on 22nd August and stormed the UK Album Charts by entering at No.2, placing his new release above that week’s female chart-toppers Adele, Barbra Streisand and Amy Winehouse. Within two weeks, the album reached Gold status; it has sold over 400,000 copies to date.

On the back of his album success, a live regional tour was announced for November 2011. Joe performed to audiences at 16 of Britain’s finest concert halls, including the capital city’s Royal Festival Hall. Joe also performed to Her Majesty The Queen at the annual Festival of Remembrance at The Royal Albert Hall on 12th November.

Furthermore, Joe released his second album through Universal Music entitled: Classic Christmas, which was yet another great success to end the tremendous year on. In 2011 alone, Joe sold over 550,000 albums – a staggering achievement for any artist to accomplish.

Last autumn, Joe returned with his fourth studio album entitled: Here’s What I Believe, released through Universal Music – Decca Records on 10th September. The album showed huge progression for Joe as an artist in the shape of writing and recording new tracks. Collaborations include chart-topping vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of Shakespears Sister fame – Marcella Detroit, international pianist-turned-superstar Ludovico Einaudi and Nashville NAMMY Songwriter of the Year, Beth Nielson Chapman.

With such a great diversity of tracks, the album culminated in a selection of self-penned ballads and classic love songs together beautifully.
In 2013, Joe is now looking forward to performing around the UK in a number of one night shows, which will thrill with the diversity of music that Joe has to offer.



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