|Birth name||Aston Iain Merrygold|
13 February 1988 |
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
|Genres||R&B, pop, dance-pop|
|Labels||Epic, RCA, J, Jive, O-Street|
Aston Iain Merrygold (born 13 February 1988) is a British singer with boy band JLS who were the runners-up to Alexandra Burke in the fifth series of The X Factor in the United Kingdom in 2008. In 2013, he became a judge on the British dance talent show Got to Dance.
As of November 2013, Aston is currently working on his debut solo album.
Merrygold was born on 13 February 1988 to a Jamaican father and an Anglo-Irish mother, who split up when Merrygold was very young. He is one of seven children: he has five brothers and one sister between his biological and step parents. He was born and raised in Peterborough by his mother Siobhan and step dad Orjan, where he attended Jack Hunt School. Whilst still attending secondary school, he played football on behalf of England in the European Youth Games. His initial aspiration was to play football professionally. He used to do sideways backflips as a goal celebration which then took him 30 mins to learn how to do them properly. He loved to dance and perform and certain TV appearances got him into singing. Through auditions, he met Marvin Humes. As a result, he received a call from Oritsé Williams (an acquaintance of Humes) about joining a boy band.
In 2002, he entered Stars in Their Eyes where he appeared as Michael Jackson, singing "Rockin' Robin". He came in second. Shortly after Merrygold took on a job as entertainer at Pop Star Studios in Fletton Peterborough, eventually leaving to follow his musical career. He came runners up with JLS on The X Factor against Alexandra Burke at age 20. Merrygold performed in school productions and, after leaving school in 2004, was cast in a new ITV programme, Fun Song Factory in which he played Cookie alongside Children's TV presenter Laura Hamilton.
After meeting Marvin Humes through acting career, they were both later to sign a form for a boyband, UFO, by an acquaintance of Humes, Oritse Williams. Jonathan Benjamin "JB" Gill was recruited soon after, and they later changed their name to JLS, which was thought up by Marvin's girlfriend of that time.
In 2008, they auditioned for the fifth series of The X Factor, where they went on to become the runners-up, finishing second to Alexandra Burke. They are one of the most successful groups ever to come out of The X Factor, alongside 2010's One Direction.
The band have released four studio albums (JLS, Outta This World, Jukebox, and Evolution) and have had five number ones to date along with four top ten singles, and one top twenty single. Their last tour was the 4th Dimensions Tour, which began in March and lasted until April 2012.On 24 April 2013, JLS announced they were to split after their final UK arena tour titled "Goodbye The Greatest Hits Tour".
Aston plans on going solo after JLS officially split, and is currently working on his solo album.
In August 2012, Merrygold was confirmed as a judge on Sky1 dance talent show Got to Dance, replacing former judge Adam Garcia's position on the judging panel. He has also appeared on TV adverts for Coca-Cola in the UK promoting their 'Share a Coke' range.
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