Dalton Harris

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Dalton Harris
Birth nameDalton Harris
Born (1993-12-29) 29 December 1993 (age 25)
Clarendon, Jamaica
  • Vocals
Years active2009–present
Associated acts

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 was crowned as the winner of the fifteenth series of The X Factor.[1]

Life and career[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] He attended Edwin Allen High but transferred to Kingston College in the 10th grade, living alone in a dwelling that was bereft of amenities, such as running water and electricity and was lost to the world. (At this point, Dalton met Donovan Germain, CEO OF Penthouse Records. Then Dalton attended Kingston College. He passed 6 CSEC subjects and later did his 6th form. He repeated grade 10 and became a top student in his class.) [3] after meeting producer Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records.[4][5]

2010: Digicel Rising Stars[edit]

In 2010, Harris became the youngest winner of the Jamaican singing competition Digicel Rising Stars where the singer won a cash prize of $1.5 million JMD. However the singer went back to hard times after the show.[5]

2010–2017: Career in Jamaica[edit]

After his win, he released singles in his homeland Jamaica.[6][which?] He was managed by producer Donovan Germain. He topped the Jamaican dance hall charts in 2014 with his single "Pauper".

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 show with "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" from Elton John impressing judges on the show with his singing talent. He admitted that he had been preparing to audition for the show for seven years right after his win of the title in Jamaica. 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 Louis 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 2018 UK X Factor.[9] Harris reached the final of the contest on December 1, 2018 alongside Anthony Russell and Scarlett Lee. In the final, he sang "A Song for You" from Leon Russell made popular by Donny Hathaway and dueted "Beneath Your Beautiful" with Emeli Sande, making it the second time that he dueted with Sandé in the competition. His winning song was "The Power of Love" performed as a duet with the season 9 X Factor winner in 2012 James Arthur.

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



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


  1. ^ "Watch: Dalton Harris crowned the X Factor 2018 Winner – I AM A JAMAICAN". iamajamaican.net. Retrieved 2019-02-24.
  2. ^ "Who is X Factor's Dalton Harris? The Jamaican act who won a singing show and landed a record deal". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  3. ^ a b Jamaican Observer: Dalton Harris eyes int'l market
  4. ^ "Dalton Harris lived in poverty after winning Digicel Rising Stars competition". 2013-09-08. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  5. ^ a b Limited, Jamaica Observer. "A Star shines again". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  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. ^ Jamaica Star: J'cans get to follow Dalton on X Factor.. TVJ get rights to air talent show
  8. ^ "The lowdown on X Factor finalist Dalton Harris and his story so far..." The Sun. 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  9. ^ "X Factor winners odds and predictions ahead of this weekend's final". The Sun. 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  10. ^ "Artists: Dalton Harris ft. James Arthur". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  11. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  12. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Scotland:

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Winner of The X Factor
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Winner's singles of The X Factor
The Power of Love
Succeeded by