Once the youngest member of the multi-platinum band The Wanted, Nathan Sykes is now known for his incredible voice and hit solo music.
What do you want to know about Nathan Sykes?
- Who is Nathan Sykes?
- Nathan Sykes: The youngest member of The Wanted
- So, why did The Wanted break up?
- Nathan Sykes: pursuing his solo career
- His brief relationship with Ariana Grande
- What else does Nathan Sykes sing?
- When is Nathan Sykes’ birthday?
- How tall is Nathan Sykes?
- Who is his favourite band?
- Did Nathan Sykes have throat surgery?
- What’s Nathan Sykes’ dog called?
Who is Nathan Sykes?
Born in Gloucester, on 18th April 1993, Nathan James Sykes had ambitions for stardom from a very early age. With a music teacher for a mum, his childhood saw him learn to play musical instruments and begin his journey as a performer.
Whilst attending London's highly-respected Sylvia Young Theatre School, he won a number of youth competitions, including Britney Spears's Karaoke Kriminals, the Cheltenham Competitive Festival of Dramatic Art and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
It was in 2009, at the age of 16, that Sykes got his breakthrough whilst auditioning for boy band The Wanted.
Nathan Sykes: The youngest member of The Wanted
After attending auditions held by Jayne Collins, Sykes was chosen to join bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker and Jay McGuiness, to become the fifth member of what is now one of the UK's biggest boyband.
The Wanted quickly shot to fame. During their five years together, the band notched up three top-ten albums, ten top-ten singles, and two number-ones, including ‘Glad You Came’ which remains the band's best-selling single.
Racking up millions of record sales on both sides of the Atlantic, the band starred in their own show 'The Wanted Life'. The E! channel reality/documentary series followed the the five-piece boy band in their quest to crack America, whilst recording their third album and planning their first world tour.
So, why did The Wanted break up?
The final show in ‘The Wanted Life’ saw members question the future of The Wanted, as well as the direction of the band. With an uncertain future, the show ran for just one season – going on earn a nomination for a Teen Choice Award.
It was in 2014, when their tour ended, that the band decided to take a break and focus on their personal endeavours.
Nathan Sykes: pursuing his solo career
After splitting from his band mates of five years, Sykes went on to pursue his solo career as a singer/songwriter.
With the success of his first solo tour, which included six sold-out shows in the UK, Sykes took to social media to announce the release of his debut single ‘Kiss Me Quick’, which would be out later that month – giving fans a taster of what was to come. This marked the start of Sykes distancing himself from his boy band image, to try and establish his signature sound.
OverAndOverAgain by @NathanSykes ft me 🌧 thanks for having me on this & congrats on the new incredible new music! ~ https://t.co/eCl08v3Kts
2016 was a good year for Sykes - he went on to enlist Ariana Grande to sing on a new version of his romantic ballad ‘Over and Over Again’ from his debut studio album Unfinished Business.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OverAndOverAgain?src=hash">#OverAndOverAgain</a> by <a href="https://twitter.com/NathanSykes">@NathanSykes</a> ft me 🌧 thanks for having me on this & congrats on the new incredible new music! ~ <a href="https://t.co/eCl08v3Kts">https://t.co/eCl08v3Kts</a></p>— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArianaGrande/status/687916397867892736">January 15, 2016</a></blockquote>
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But, that wasn’t his first encounter with the American singer.
His brief relationship with Ariana Grande
Sykes and Grande first met back in 2013 when they joined forces to work on the track ‘Almost Is Never Enough’ from her debut album Yours Truly– a song that appeared on the movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
[YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b87dBaL4qI0
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After spending time together in the recording studio, rumours emerged that the pair were dating - something that was later confirmed by the couple on social media. However, after just a few months the couple called time on their relationship. Despite the split, the two remain good friends.
What else does Nathan Sykes sing?
There was much anticipation surrounding his new material when the star announced his first solo album. But, it’s safe to safe fans were happy when the track list was confirmed.
You can find out more about his other songs here…
[Tracking listing: http://www.hmv.com/music/the-wanted-s-nathan-sykes-announces-full-details-of-debut-solo-album-unfinished-business]
What has he done since?
With a passion for highlighting the importance of music in education, The Wanted star was appointed as a celebrity ambassador for The Prince’s Trust.
And, it’s not just charity work that he’s busy with – the last few years have seen him spend a lot of time of the road touring. After supporting British girl group Little Mix on their ‘Get Weird Tour’ in March 2016, he announced that he would be joining Alessia Cara on her ‘Know-It-All’ tour in the United States.
5 Key Facts About Nathan Sykes
He may have started out as the baby-faced member of The Wanted, but now he’s a star in his own right.
So, here’s all you need to know* about the ‘Kiss Me Quick’ singer.
*OK, maybe it’s not all you need to know. But, we’ve covered some of the basics…
1. When is Nathan Sykes’ birthday?
Nathan Sykes was born on the 18th April 1993, to parents Karen and Harry Sykes.
2. How tall is Nathan Sykes?
The second smallest of his boy band friends, Nathan Sykes is 1.75m tall (that’s 5ft7in).
3. Who is his favourite band?
Sykes reportedly named harmonising R&B-pop group Boyz II Men as his music inspiration. Good choice!
4. Did Nathan Sykes have throat surgery?
With his future in the music industry hanging in the balance, Nathan had to undergo throat surgery after suffering a vocal cord haemorrhage. Thankfully, he made a full recovery.
5. What’s Nathan Sykes’ dog called?
So, it’s clear you’ve not yet checked out his Instagram. Any loyal follower would know all about his pet pooch! Everybody, meet Minnie…
[Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BTzjERHjndT/?taken-by=nathansykes]
You can find out more about Nathan Sykes’ Unfinished Business here.