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Nathan Sykes
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Sykes in 2016
Background information
Birth nameNathan James Sykes
Born (1993-04-18) 18 April 1993 (age 25)
Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2003–present
Associated acts The Wanted

Nathan James Sykes (born 18 April 1993) [1] is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for being the youngest member of the British boy band The Wanted. In 2013, Sykes appeared with his bandmates in the E! channel reality television series The Wanted Life . [2] 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. [3]

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The Wanted English-Irish boy band

The Wanted are a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. They formed in 2009 and were signed worldwide to Universal Music subsidiaries Island Records and Mercury Records, and managed by Scooter Braun.

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Early life

Sykes was born on 18 April 1993 to Harry and Karen Sykes. He has a younger sister, Jessica Sykes, who is also a singer. [4] Sykes attended Sylvia Young Theatre School and Ribston Hall High School sixth form. [5]

Sylvia Young Theatre School drama school

Sylvia Young Theatre School is an independent school in the Marble Arch area, London, England. It is a specialist performing arts school named after its founder and principal, Sylvia Young.

Ribston Hall High School

Ribston Hall High School is a selective grammar school with academy status in Gloucester, England, for girls between the ages of 11 and 18. It was founded in 1921.

Sykes started singing when he was six 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", behind Cory Spedding and runner-up Andrew Merry. In 2008, he performed for the music competition "Live and Unsigned".

Britney Spears American singer, dancer and actress

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2009–2014: The Wanted

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Sykes at Changi Airport, Singapore

In 2009, at the age of 16, Sykes auditioned for the boy band The Wanted. The auditions were held by Jayne Collins. Sykes was chosen to be one of those five members for a group. He joined bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker and Jay McGuiness. In 2014, the band decided to take a break and pursue their personal endeavours after a tour of the United Kingdom and the United States. [6]

Thomas Anthony "Tom" Parker is an English singer best known for being a member of the British-Irish boy band The Wanted.

Jay McGuiness

James "Jay" McGuiness is a British singer and songwriter, best known as a vocalist with boy band The Wanted. On 19 December 2015, partnered with Aliona Vilani, he won the 13th series of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

At the same time, Sykes and American singer Ariana Grande released their collaborative single, "Almost Is Never Enough". [7] In 2014, Sykes signed a record deal with Global Entertainment (a part of the Global Group, along with Capital's owner Global Radio). [8] [9] In June 2014, he joined singer Jessie J on stage for Capital's Summertime Ball to perform "Calling All Hearts". [10]

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"Almost Is Never Enough" is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande and English singer Nathan Sykes. The pop and soul-influenced track was written by Grande, Harmony Samuels, Carmen Reece, Al Sherrod Lambert, Olaniyi-Akinpelu, and its producer, Moses Samuels. Two official versions of the song exist. The soundtrack version is included on the official soundtrack for the 2013 fantasy film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and was released August 19, 2013 via Republic Records as a second promotional single from the same, following Colbie Caillat's "When the Darkness Comes" on July 10, and a longer version was remastered for inclusion on Grande's debut studio album, Yours Truly (2013).

Capital (radio network) UK radio network

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2015–present: Unfinished Business

In March 2015, Sykes debuted his first solo music video for "More Than You'll Ever Know" on Vevo. [11] [12] Sykes went on his first solo tour on 8 April 2015, which included six sold-out shows in the United Kingdom. Sykes announced via the app Periscope that his debut single would be called "Kiss Me Quick". [13] The single was released on 5 July 2015.[ citation needed ] On 21 May 2015, Sykes released his music video for his debut single, "Kiss Me Quick" on Vevo. [14] The song peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

Vevo is an American multinational video hosting service founded on December 8, 2009, as a joint venture among three major record companies: Universal Music Group (UMG), Sony Music Entertainment (SME) and EMI. In August 2016, Warner Music Group (WMG), the third-largest record company, agreed to license premium videos from its artists onto Vevo.

Kiss Me Quick (Nathan Sykes song) 2015 single by Nathan Sykes

"Kiss Me Quick" is a song by English singer Nathan Sykes. The song was released in the United Kingdom on 28 June 2015 as the lead single from his debut studio album Unfinished Business (2016). The song was written by Nathan Sykes, Ali Tennant, Jin Choi, Greg Bonnick and Hayden Chapman. The song peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart and number 19 on the Scottish Singles Chart. The song also peaked at number one on the Dance Club Songs chart.

In October 2015, Sykes announced his second single, called "Over and Over Again". The music video for the song was released in the UK on 28 October 2015. It was released worldwide on 20 November 2015. It was also announced that Sykes would support Little Mix on their The Get Weird Tour in March 2016. Sykes announced that his third single, called "Give It Up", would be released on 13 May 2016.[ citation needed ] The music video for "Give It Up" was released on 27 April 2016, and was later banned from television after featuring numerous scenes which came across unsuitable for most audiences.

On 11 June 2016, Sykes performed at Capital's Summertime Ball for the seventh consecutive time (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 with The Wanted, 2014 as Jessie J's guest, 2015 and 2016 as a solo performer). [15] [16] [17]

On 11 July 2016, Sykes announced via Twitter that he would be joining Alessia Cara on her Know-It-All headling tour in the United States.[ citation needed ] On 12 October 2016, Sykes announced via Twitter that his debut studio album, Unfinished Business would be out worldwide on 11 November 2016.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

In the summer of 2012, he started seeing Dionne Bromfield, but the couple split in early 2013. [18] He then dated Ariana Grande from August to December 2013. [19] [20] On Nathan's birthday, April 18, 2013, Nathan went in for surgery to remove a nodule in his throat. During episodes of The Wanted life, he was talking about his throat hurting and burning. The day manager, Nano, had him see a specialist, who concluded he had a nodule on his throat and suggested that it be removed. When he recovered, he sang his solo in "I Found You" at the Summertime Ball in 2013, surprising the fans when he appeared. [21] [22]


2013 Chasing the Saturdays HimselfEpisode: "DeepFriedSats"
The Wanted Life Himself
2007The Magic DoorElf Warrior



TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
US Heat.
Unfinished Business
  • Released: 11 November 2016
  • Label: Global Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


TitleYearPeak chart

"Kiss Me Quick"201514191Unfinished Business
"Over and Over Again"
(solo or featuring Ariana Grande)
"Give It Up"
(featuring G-Eazy)
"There's Only One of You"6529
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"Almost Is Never Enough"
(Ariana Grande featuring Nathan Sykes)
201349566082 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Yours Truly
"More Than You'll Ever Know"2015Unfinished Business
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Music videos

"Almost is Never Enough"2013Nev Todorovic [30]
"More Than You'll Ever Know"2015Thomas Bryant [31]
"Kiss Me Quick" Emil Nava [32]
"Over and Over Again"Frank Borin [33]
"Give It Up"2016Thomas Bryant [34]
"Famous"Ivanna Smyrnova [35]
"There's Only One of You"Thomas Bryant [36]
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"Unknown




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