Iain James Farquharson, more commonly known as Iain James or Sparx, is a British 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 from UK, Europe and Asia, 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 is also a vocal coach on the UK X Factor.
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 Westlife, Professor Green, Emeli Sandé, Craig David, Taio Cruz, The Vamps, Anne-Marie, and Korean boyband TVXQ (aka Tohoshinki). He has also written for successful acts from reality television competitions, including Little Mix, One Direction, Olly Murs and Leona Lewis.
He co-wrote British number one "Read All About It" by Professor Green featuring Emeli Sandé, as well as Sandé's own version of the song which appears on her two 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".He wrote songs on their second album Salute, which didn't match DNA commercially, but was a massive critical success, and followed its predecessor in charting in the UK top 5 and US top 10 (it would have repeated DNA's 4th placing if compilations were not included in the US albums chart). He wrote the album's song Little Me with Little Mix and TMS. For the group's third album Get Weird; Iain co-wrote the singles "Love Me Like You" and "Hair" feat. Sean Paul. The group's most recent album Glory Days features the single "Shout Out To My Ex", also co-written by Iain.
James 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. They were also the first Azeris to win the contest, winning in Düsseldorf in May 2011.
|2007||Officially Yours||Craig David||Trust Me||Co-Writer|
|2008||You're My Idol||Donnie Klang||Just A Rolling Stone||Co-Writer|
|Wrong Number||TVXQ||MIROTIC - The 4th Album||Co-Writer|
|2010||Did I?||Diagram Of The Heart||N/A||Co-Writer|
|2011||Build You A House||Timothy James||Make It Happen||Co-Writer|
|The Sound Of Swing ft. Aloe Blacc||The Kenneth Bager Experience||The Sound Of...||Co-Writer|
|Fell In Love With A Song||Blush||Make You Blush||Co-Writer|
|Second Last Chance||The Overtones||Good Ol' Fashioned Love (Platinum Edition)||Co-Writer|
|Running Scared||Ell & Nikki||N/A||Co-Writer|
|Na Na Na||One Direction||Up All Night||Co-Writer|
|Read All About It feat. Emeli Sandé||Professor Green||At Your Inconvenience||Co-Writer|
|World In Our Hands||Taio Cruz||Ty.O||Co-Writer|
|Hush Little Baby feat. Ed Sheeran||Wretch 32||Black & White||Co-Writer|
|Walking On Water||Matt Cardle||Letters||Co-Writer|
|2012||Wings||Little Mix||DNA||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|Make You Believe|
|Always Be Together||Vocal Producer|
|Read All About It (Part III)||Emeli Sandé||Our Version Of Events||Co-Writer|
|Hand On Heart||Olly Murs||Right Place Right Time||Co-Writer|
|Overtime feat. Ghetts||Clement Marfo & The Frontline||N/A||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|I Need You feat. Jagga||TMS||N/A||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|Beethoven||Union J||Union J||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|Summer Rain||Chris Medina||What Are Words||Co-Writer|
|Little Me||Little Mix||Salute||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|A Different Beat|
|See Me Now|
|They Just Don't Know You|
|Mr Loverboy||Vocal Producer|
|Love Kills||Roberto Bellarosa||Ma Voie||Co-Writer|
|Just The Way You Love Me||Shane Filan||You & Me||Co-Writer|
|One More Sleep||Leona Lewis||Christmas, With Love||Co-Writer|
|2014||Nothing Without You||Olly Murs||Never Been Better||Co-Writer|
|The First Time||Ella Henderson||Chapter One||Vocal Producer|
|Give Your Heart Away|
|She Ain't Me||Sinead Harnett||N/A||Co-Writer|
|Me 4 U||OMI||Me 4 U||Co-Writer|
|Start Again||Ben Haenow||Ben Haenow||Co-Writer|
|Breakfast||Fleur East||Love, Sax and Flashbacks||Co-Writer|
|Love Me Like You||Little Mix||Get Weird||Co-Writer|
|The Fall||Markus Feehily||Fire||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|2016||Gets No Better (2.0) feat. Serayah||Empire Cast||Empire: Original Soundtrack Season 2||Co-Writer|
|Hair feat. Sean Paul||Little Mix||Get Weird||Co-Writer|
|Shout Out To My Ex||Glory Days||Co-Writer|
|Beep Beep||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|Good Things Come To Those Who Wait||Nathan Sykes||Unfinished Business||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|Hurt Anymore||Samantha Jade & Cyrus||TBA||Co-Writer|
|2017||Unpredictable||Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson||24 HRS||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|Giants||Lights||Skin & Earth||Co-Writer|
|Heavy||Anne-Marie||Speak Your Mind||Co-Writer|
|The Thing About Love||Matt Terry||Trouble||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|2018||Monday Blues||Exo-CBX||Blooming Days||Co-Writer|
|Just My Type||The Vamps||Night & Day (Day Edition)||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|Friends||Why Don't We||8 Letters||Co-Writer / Backing Vocals|
|Take Your Love||Olly Murs||You Know I Know||Co-Writer|
|여기 있을게 (Smile On My Face)||Exo||Don't Mess Up My Tempo||Co-Writer|
|"Give Me a Reason"|
- "UK is Eurovision winner after all". M Magazine (Performing Rights Society). 19 May 2011.
- "Little Mix are making "magic" today". Popjustice. 20 April 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.