Iain James Farquharson, more commonly known as Iain James or Sparx, is a singer, songwriter and vocal producer from Bristol, but based in London. He started as part of the British boyband Triple 8 in 2003 as their lead singer and known as Sparx. He left after the band had two Top 10 hits and was replaced by Stewart Macintosh in 2005. He has written a number of songs recorded by a great number of singing artists, plus writing many songs for reality television contestants and on two occasions for Eurovision Song Contest songs, including co-writing the winning song for Azerbaijan "Running Scared" by Eldar & Nigar in 2011.
He was the lead singer of UK boy band Triple 8 (888) signed to Polydor records. He was known by his nickname "Sparx". The group had two successful singles: "Knockout" and "Give Me A Reason", which charted at numbers 8 and 9 respectively in the UK Singles Chart. The group parted company with their record label in 2004, leaving their album, Heavy W8, unreleased. Iain James Farquharson left in 2004, to be replaced as lead singer in 2005 by a new member Stewart Macintosh. before breaking up by the end of 2005.
Writing and production
After Triple 8, he concentrated on music writing and production. He has written for artists as diverse as Professor Green, Emeli Sandé, Craig David, Taio Cruz, The Overtones, Donnie Klang, and Korean boyband TVXQ (aka Tohoshinki). He has also written fro successful acts from reality television competition, acts like Little Mix, Jedward, One Direction, Olly Murs, Matt Cardle.
He co-wrote British number one "Read All About It" by Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé, as well as Emeli's own version of the song which appears on her million selling album Our Version Of Events, which broke a record set by the Beatles for longest unimpeded spell in the UK top 10.
Very notably, he wrote several songs on the album of Little Mix, the first ever British girlgroup whose album went straight into the top 5 in the US, including the UK Number 1 "Wings" and the critically lauded third place song "DNA".
Iain also co-wrote the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest winning song "Running Scared" by Eldar & Nigar, who were the first male-female duo to win the song contest since 1963, and the first male female collaboration to win it. They were also the first Azeris to win the contest, winning in Düsseldorf in May 2011.
In 2013, James co-penned "Love Kills" which was performed by Roberto Bellarosa, The Belgian Voice winner, in 2013 representing Belgium. It qualified for the final in spite of having been written off by bookmakers, placing 12th in Malmö, in only Belgium's second final appearance since 2004.
Songs he performed with Triple 8:
|"Give Me a Reason"||
Songs he wrote for Little Mix:
- Going Nowhere
- Make You Believe
- Stereo Soldier
- See Me Now
- They Just Don't Know You
Songs he wrote or co-wrote for various artists:
- A*M*E - Heartless
- Emeli Sandé - Read All About It (Part III)
- Clement Marfo & The Frontline - Champion
- Professor Green feat. Emeli Sandé - Read All About It
- Taio Cruz - World In Our Hands
- Wretch 32 feat. Ed Sheeran - Hush Little Baby
- Matt Cardle - Walking On Water
- One Direction - Na Na Na
- The Overtones - Second Last Chance
- Eldar & Nigar - Running Scared
- Blush - Fell In Love WIth A Song
- The Kenneth Bager Experience feat. Aloe Blacc - The Sound Of Swing
- TMS feat. Jagga - I Need You
- Clement Marfo & The Frontline - Overtime
- Timothy James - Build You A House
- Diagram Of The Heart - Did I?
- Donnie Klang - You're My Idol
- Craig David - Officially Yours
- TVXQ - Wrong Number
- "UK is Eurovision winner after all". M Magazine (Performing Rights Society). May 19, 2011.
- "Little Mix are making "magic" today". Popjustice. April 20, 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- "Ell/Nikki - Running Scared". Eurovision official website. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- McGowan, Eve (4 April 2011). "Kelli’s biggest hit: Liberty X star is hoping to set a new record – with the sale of her £750,000 penthouse". Daily Mail.
- 365, Artists. "Iain James Discography". 365artists.com. Retrieved 29 May 2012.