Cardle in Stockport promoting the release of The Fire.
|Birth name||Matthew Sheridan Cardle|
15 April 1983 |
|Origin||Halstead, Essex, England|
|Genres||Pop rock, pop|
|Labels||Syco Music (2010–2012)
So Recordings (2012–)
|Associated acts||Seven Summers, Darwyn, The X Factor finalists 2010|
Matthew Sheridan "Matt" Cardle (born 15 April 1983) is an English singer-songwriter who won the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. After winning he signed a joint deal with Simon Cowell's label, Syco Music, and Columbia Records making him the first X Factor winner to not be exclusively signed to Cowell's label.
On 17 October 2011, Cardle released his debut album Letters, which peaked at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. In 2012, Cardle parted ways with Syco and Columbia and signed to So What? Recordings. in October 2012, he released his second album The Fire which reached number 8 on the UK Albums Chart.
Early life 
Cardle was born in Southampton, Hampshire, to David and Jennifer Cardle (née Horner) on 15 April 1983. He has an older brother called Dominic with whom he has a close relationship. His family lived in Bristol before moving to Essex. At age two he was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer and had a kidney removed. He started playing guitar and writing songs at aged 11 and knew from that point that music was what he wanted to do with his life. At this time he also started singing lessons but stopped going after missing a class. He attended a summer band camp through his teens and played in bands. He attended the independent Stoke College in Suffolk, then studied a music course at the Institute in Colchester. He then went on to do a media course at Braintree College. Cardle is a keen skateboarder and spent a lot of his college years at skate parks instead of studying and therefore felt that education wasn't the right path for him.
2005–09: Early career 
In 2009, he became the frontman and guitarist of a rock band called Seven Summers. They performed live on Sue Marchant's BBC radio program on 8 December 2009 and released a self-titled album on 22 January 2010.
2010: The X Factor 
In 2010, Cardle auditioned for the seventh series of The X Factor, singing Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good". At the Bootcamp stage of the show he sang "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", a performance which prompted Simon Cowell to say "Why haven't we noticed him before?" and Louis Walsh to say "He's the biggest surprise of today for me!" He was moved to the boys category when the age limit was raised to 28, making Dannii Minogue his mentor. Cardle was favourite to win from before the live shows until the end of the series, with some of the shortest odds the show had ever seen. On the first live show he sang "When Love Takes Over" which received high praise from all four judges. In week 5 he performed "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" again, which earned him the first standing ovation from all four judges of the series. It remains his most viewed performance on YouTube with over 8 million views to date. The week before the semi-final he had to withdraw from a secret X Factor gig in London due to throat problems which saw him almost have to miss the show that weekend.
Cardle was announced the winner on 12 December 2010, after receiving 44.61% of the vote. He received the most votes every week from week 2, being beaten only by Mary Byrne in week 1. The week after the series final, Cardle's cover version of "Many of Horror" originally recorded by Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro and retitled as "When We Collide", topped the UK Singles Chart to become the 2010 Christmas number 1 and remained there for three consecutive weeks. The song was nominated in the Best British Single category at the 2011 BRIT Awards. In June 2012 the song reached the one million sale mark, making it the 123rd single to sell a million copies in the UK and the fourth by an X Factor contestant.
On 15 March 2011, it was reported that Cardle has signed a record deal with Syco Music in a joint venture with Columbia Records, becoming the first The X Factor winner not to be exclusively signed to Simon Cowell's label.
2011–2012: Letters' 
On 18 August 2011, Cardle revealed that his debut album, Letters, would be released in the UK on 17 October 2011. Whilst working on the album Cardle collaborated with various writers including Eg White and James Walsh.
Despite expressing his wishes at releasing "Starlight", one of the first tracks he wrote for the album as the first single, it was postponed in favour of "Run For Your Life", penned by Gary Barlow. It was released on October 9, 2011 and peaked at number 6 on the UK Top 40 Chart. Letters was released on 17 October and debuted at number 2 on the UK Albums chart. The album spent 16 consecutive weeks in the top 40.
"Starlight", was released on 4 December 2011. It charted poorly, reaching number 185 on the UK singles chart, but the album "Letters" returned to the top 30 following its release. The third and final single to be released from "Letters," Amazing, was released as an EP, containing a new track called "All Is Said", which Cardle wrote with James Walsh, a new recording of "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and a live version of the album track "Slowly."
2012: New label and The Fire 
On 20 May 2012 Cardle announced on Twitter that he had "parted ways" with Columbia Records. On 9 September 2012, So What Recordings, part of the Silva Screen Music Group, announced that Cardle's second album, "The Fire" would be released on 29 October 2012 on their label. In October 2012, Cardle explained he left Sony through his own choice because he wasn't a priority. "I would just have been left to get on with it while One Direction ruled the planet. Which is brilliant for them - I'm so proud of them - but I needed to be a bit selfish. I asked Sony to let me go and they said okay." 
On 11 September 2012, the lead single, It's Only Love was released online on Cardle's YouTube channel as an audio only video. A full music video for the song was uploaded to his Vevo page on October 3. It was released for download on the same day as the album, The Fire and peaked at number 175 on the UK Singles Chart. The Fire debuted at number 8 in the UK album chart, giving Cardle his second top 10 album.
During promotion for the album, Cardle asserted that "The Fire" was more like what he did before The X Factor than "Letters": "I’m getting closer to myself, and getting back to what I do and what I’ve always done."
On December 4, 2012 a video was released for a second single "Anyone Else". Cardle also shot a video in Los Angeles for "Lately", stating it was his favourite track from the album and so wanted to make a video for it, although not a single.
On 10 December 2012 an Unplugged tour was announced on Cardle's website for April the following year. Tickets went on general sale on 12 December. The tour ran from April 23rd to May 2nd over the UK and Ireland.
Cardle is currently writing his third album.
Vocal style and influences 
Being a fan of heavy metal music from a young age, Cardle had tried to emulate the singing style of his rock heroes such as Kurt Cobain, but found it was damaging his vocal chords. After taking advice from the owners of Highbarn, a venue in Essex he'd often played at in the past, he had vocal coaching which helped increase his range and soften his sound. He is known for his falsetto and being able to reach notes typically unusual for a male singer. He is a tenor with a vocal range of around B2-F5.
Cardle says he is influenced by everything he's ever listened to, being a fan of a range of music ""I love Dave Matthews and Rage Against the Machine are one of my favourite bands, but then again I also love Katy Perry and Lady GaGa, so kind of all sorts really. It's a pretty weird mix." He cites Thank U by Alanis Morissette as the first song he was really inspired by and is a big fan of hers, he has covered this song on tour as well as another of her songs, Uninvited.
|Album Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Sales|
|Letters||2||2||* UK: 271,033|
As lead artist 
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2010||"When We Collide"||1||1||1||Letters|
|2011||"Run for Your Life"||6||12||6|
|"It's Only Love"||175||—||—||The Fire|
|"—" denotes single that did not chart|
As featured artist 
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2010||"Heroes" (as part of The X Factor finalists)||1||1||1||Non-album single|
Other charting songs 
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2012||"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"||92||The Fire|
- Cardle, Matt (2010). Matt Cardle: My Story. Harper. ISBN 978-0-00-742670-6.
- "Darwyn - Rock / Acoustic / Pop Band". Unsigned.com. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- Magrath, Andrea (18 November 2010). "Matt Cardle's pop past: X Factor favourite struggled to find fame with two bands before hitting the big time". The Daily Mail.
- UK. "Darwyn MySpace website". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "X Factor's Matt Cardle's ex band Seven Summers climb charts". Metro.co.uk. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
- "Interview and performance by Seven Summers on Sue Merchant radio show on 8 December 2009". Youtube.com. 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "X Factor favourite taking show in his stride". Halstead Gazette. 1 October 2010.
- Horsley, Jon (13 Dec 2010). "X Factor voting results revealed". Yahoo! Entertainment. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
- "Rihanna crowned queen of the charts". Belfast Telegraph. Independent News and Media (Northern Ireland). 2011-01-09. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
- "Essex: Matt Cardle and Olly Murs in Brit Award battle". East Anglian Daily Times. Archant Regional. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
- "Official Charts Analysis: Gary Barlow tops Album and Singles lists". Music Week. 2012-06-11. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "Si Cardles up to Columbia". The Sun. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011.
- "Oh No They Didn't! - Matt Cardle announces new single + album + UK tour". Ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "Radio 1 - Chart - The Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart". BBC. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "Twitter / matt_cardle_uk: @Michelle_Cardle my favourite". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "X Factor 2010 winner Matt Cardle: Goodbye Columbia Records, it's time to move on - now". Nowmagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "Matt Cardle: ‘My new album is more honest’". The Linc. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- "Matt Cardle – ‘Unplugged’ Tour". Matt Cardle Music. 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2012-12-19.
- Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
- Peak chart positions for singles and albums in Ireland:
- For all except where noted: "Matt Cardle - Irish Charts". irish-charts.com Hung Medien.
- For "Heroes": "Chart Archive > Irish Singles > Week ending: 25 November 2010 ([[Irish Recorded Music Association|IRMA]])". 2010-11-25. Wikilink embedded in URL title (help)
- "The Irish Charts - 2011 Certification Awards - Gold". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- Alan Jones (Aug 27th 2012). "Official Charts Analysis: Sam & The Womp top 100k sales to hit No.1". Music Week.
- Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
- For "When We Collide": "Chart Archive > Scottish Singles > 1 January 2011". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
- For "Run for Your Life": "Chart Archive > Scottish Singles > 22 October 2011". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-22.
- "debut single 'Run For Your Life' written by Gary Barlow". Digital Spy.
- Corner, Lewis (25 October 2011). "Matt Cardle confirms new single 'Starlight', thanks fans for support - Music News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:
- Peak positions for the featured singles in Scotland:
- Roche, Elisa (14 December 2010). "Now X factor's Matt Cardle will top book charts". The Daily Express. Retrieved 14 December 2010.
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