Dalton Harris

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Dalton Harris
Born (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 26)
Clarendon, Jamaica
Years active2009–present
Associated actsJames Arthur

Dalton Harris (born 29 December 1993) is a Jamaican singer. In 2010, he won Digicel Rising Star, and subsequently signed with VP Records. In 2018, he won the fifteenth season of The X Factor in the United Kingdom.[1]

Life and career[edit]

1993–2010: Career beginnings and Digicel Rising Stars[edit]

Harris was born in Clarendon, Jamaica, before moving to Kingston to pursue his music career. Harris recalled living a difficult life growing up in Jamaica with a large family with 22 siblings, being poor, and living on his own since the age of 15. He also talked about being physically and mentally abused in his early life.[2] Harris attended Kingston College, where he passed six CSEC subjects.[3][4][5]

In 2010, Harris became the youngest winner of the Jamaican singing competition Digicel Rising Stars where he won a cash prize of $1.5 million JMD.[5]

2010–2017: Career in Jamaica[edit]

After his win, he began releasing music in Jamaica.[6]

He then traveled across the States for five years to widen his scope.[3] He released many tracks like "I'm Numb", "Watch Over Me" and "That Wonderful Sound" in 2015, "All I Need", "Whisper in the Wind", "Unfaithful Chronicles" and "Dem Kinda Woman" in 2016 and "Perilous Time" in 2017. In 2018, he released the joint album Unintentional Astronaut with Mike Needler.

2018: The X Factor[edit]

In 2018, Harris entered season 15 of The X Factor in the United Kingdom. He auditioned for the series with "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" by Elton John. He received four yeses from the four judges Robbie Williams, Ayda Field, Louis Tomlinson and Simon Cowell. Competing in the category of "Boys", he was coached by Tomlinson.

Owing the success and increasing popularity of the Jamaican act, the British X Factor was broadcast in Jamaica after the local Television Jamaica (TVJ) bought the rights of broadcasting the programme live in Jamaica.[7]

On the six-chair challenge, Harris was the last contestant to perform, singing "Purple Rain" by Prince. He performed "I'm Feeling Good" in the semi-final and "Clown" from Emeli Sandé.[8] Harris was consistently the favorite to win the show.[9] He reached the final of the contest on 1 December 2018 alongside Anthony Russell and Scarlett Lee. In the final, he sang "A Song for You" from Leon Russell, and dueted "Beneath Your Beautiful" with Emeli Sande. His winner's single was "The Power of Love", performed as a duet with James Arthur, who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012.

The X Factor performances and results
Show Song choice Theme Result
Auditions "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" – Elton John N/A Through to six-chair challenge
Six-chair challenge "Purple Rain" – Prince Through to judges' houses
Judges' houses "Listen" – Beyoncé Through to live shows
Live show 1 "Life on Mars?" – David Bowie This is Me Safe
Live show 2 "I Have Nothing" – Whitney Houston Guilty Pleasures Safe
Live show 3 "Creep" – Radiohead Fright Night Safe
Live show 4 "California Dreamin'" – The Mamas & the Papas Movie Night Safe
Quarter-Final "Listen" – Beyoncé Big Band Safe
Semi-Final "Feeling Good" – Muse Get Me to the Final (Part I) Safe
"SOS" – ABBA Mamma Mia
"Clown" – Emeli Sandé Get Me to the Final (Part II) Safe
Final "A Song for You" – Leon Russell No theme Winner
"Beneath Your Beautiful" with Emeli Sandé Celebrity duet
"The Power of Love" with James Arthur Winner's duet

2019: Upcoming debut album[edit]

On 15 December 2019, Harris released the song "Cry", and on its day of release, he performed the song on the Live Final of The X Factor: The Band.[10]



Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Finally" 2012 Non-album singles
"Pauper" 2014
"The Power of Love"
(featuring James Arthur)
2018 4 35 1
"Cry" 2019 TBA
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2018 Talent Recap Fan Choice Awards Favorite Talent Show Winner The X Factor Nominated


  1. ^ "Watch: Dalton Harris crowned the X Factor 2018 Winner". I Am A Jamaican. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Who is X Factor's Dalton Harris? The Jamaican act who won a singing show and landed a record deal". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Jamaica Observer Limited". Jamaica Observer.
  4. ^ "Dalton Harris lived in poverty after winning Digicel Rising Stars competition". 8 September 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b "A Star shines again". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Who is X Factor's Dalton Harris? The Jamaican act who won a singing show and landed a record deal". Radio Times. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  7. ^ "J'cans get to follow Dalton on X Factor ... TVJ get rights to air talent show". jamaica-star.com.
  8. ^ "Jamaica Observer Limited". Jamaica Observer.
  9. ^ "X Factor fans pick a clear winner ahead of Sunday's final". Radio Times.
  10. ^ Duffy, Nick (15 December 2019). "X Factor: The Band final: when is it on ITV, the finalists and what prize the winner gets". i. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Artists: Dalton Harris ft. James Arthur". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  12. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  13. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Scotland:

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Winner of The X Factor
Succeeded by
Megan McKenna
Preceded by
Winner's singles of The X Factor
The Power of Love
Succeeded by
It Must Have Been Love