Nathan Sykes

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Nathan Sykes
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Sykes in 2016
Nathan James Sykes

(1993-04-18) 18 April 1993 (age 27)
Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2003–present
Parent(s)Harry Sykes
Karen Sykes
Musical career
Associated actsThe Wanted

Nathan James Sykes (born 18 April 1993)[1] is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for being the youngest member of the British boy band The Wanted. In 2013, Sykes appeared with his bandmates in the E! channel reality television series The Wanted Life.[2] After the band's hiatus in 2014, Sykes embarked on a solo career. His debut single, "Kiss Me Quick" was released in July 2015. It reached number-one on the US Dance Club Songs chart.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sykes was born on 18 April 1993 to Harry and Karen Sykes. He has a younger sister, Jessica Sykes, who is also a singer.[4] Sykes attended Sylvia Young Theatre School and Ribston Hall High School sixth form.[5]

Sykes started singing when he was six years old. In 2003, he won various competitions, including Britney Spears' Karaoke Kriminals and Cheltenham Competitive Festival of Dramatic Art. In 2004, he appeared on ITV's Ministry of Mayhem, and won the Door Youth Project's "Undiscovered Youth Talent Contest" where he performed "Mack the Knife" in Derker, and he attempted to represent United Kingdom in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004 that was held in Lillehammer. In the finals, he finished in third place with the song, "Born to Dance", behind Cory Spedding and runner-up Andrew Merry. In 2008, he performed for the music competition "Live and Unsigned".


2009–2014: The Wanted[edit]

Sykes at Changi Airport, Singapore

In 2009, at the age of 16, Sykes auditioned for the boy band The Wanted. The auditions were held by Jayne Collins. Sykes was chosen to be one of those five members for a group. He joined bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker and Jay McGuiness. The band achieved 10 UK top 10 singles as well as 3 UK top 10 albums. Sykes as a member of the group has sold more than 10 million records. After enjoying much mainstream international success, in 2014, the band decided to take a break and pursue their personal endeavours after a tour of the United Kingdom and the United States.[6]

At the same time, Sykes and American singer Ariana Grande released their collaborative single, "Almost Is Never Enough".[7] In 2014, Sykes signed a record deal with Global Entertainment (a part of the Global Group, along with Capital's owner Global Radio).[8] In June 2014, he joined singer Jessie J onstage for Capital's Summertime Ball to perform "Calling All Hearts".[9]

2015–present: Unfinished Business[edit]

In March 2015, Sykes debuted his first solo music video for "More Than You'll Ever Know" on Vevo.[10][11] Sykes went on his first solo tour on 8 April 2015, which included six sold-out shows in the United Kingdom. Sykes announced via the app Periscope that his debut single would be called "Kiss Me Quick".[12] The single was released on 5 July 2015.[citation needed] On 21 May 2015, Sykes released his music video for his debut single, "Kiss Me Quick" on Vevo.[13] The song peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

In October 2015, Sykes announced his second single, called "Over and Over Again". The music video for the song was released in the UK on 28 October 2015. It was released worldwide on 20 November 2015. It was also announced that Sykes would support Little Mix on their The Get Weird Tour in March 2016. Sykes announced that his third single, called "Give It Up", would be released on 13 May 2016.[citation needed] The music video for "Give It Up" was released on 27 April 2016, and was later banned from television after featuring numerous scenes which came across as unsuitable for most audiences.

On 11 June 2016, Sykes performed at Capital's Summertime Ball for the seventh consecutive time (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 with The Wanted, 2014 as Jessie J's guest, 2015 and 2016 as a solo performer).[14][15][16]

On 11 July 2016, Sykes announced via Twitter that he would be joining Alessia Cara on her Know-It-All headling tour in the United States.[citation needed] On 12 October 2016, Sykes announced via Twitter that his debut studio album, Unfinished Business, would be out worldwide on 11 November 2016.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In the summer of 2012 he dated Dionne Bromfield [17] He then dated Ariana Grande from August to December 2013.[18] On his twentieth birthday, 18 April 2013, Nathan went in for surgery to remove a nodule in his throat. During episodes of The Wanted life, he was talking about his throat hurting and burning. The day manager, Nano, had him see a specialist, who concluded he had a nodule on his throat and suggested that it be removed. When he recovered, he sang his solo in "I Found You" at the Summertime Ball in 2013, surprising the fans when he appeared.[19]


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Chasing the Saturdays Himself Episode: "DeepFriedSats"
The Wanted Life
Year Title Role
2007 The Magic Door Elf Warrior



Title Details Peak chart positions
US Heat.
Unfinished Business
  • Released: 11 November 2016
  • Label: Global Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download
11 19 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


Title Year Peak chart

"Kiss Me Quick" 2015 14 19 1 Unfinished Business
"Over and Over Again"
(solo or featuring Ariana Grande)
8 6 1
"Give It Up"
(featuring G-Eazy)
2016 56 32 39
"Famous" 28 10
"There's Only One of You" 65 29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Almost Is Never Enough"
(Ariana Grande featuring Nathan Sykes)
2013 49 56 60 82 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Yours Truly
"More Than You'll Ever Know" 2015 Unfinished Business
"Twist" 2016
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Almost is Never Enough" 2013 Nev Todorovic[27]
"More Than You'll Ever Know" 2015 Thomas Bryant[28]
"Kiss Me Quick" Emil Nava[29]
"Over and Over Again" Frank Borin[30]
"Give It Up" 2016 Thomas Bryant[31]
"Famous" Ivanna Smyrnova[32]
"There's Only One of You" Thomas Bryant[33]
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Unknown



  • Nathan Sykes Live (2015)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nathan Sykes Biography". 12 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Dance Club Songs. The Week of August 22, 2015". Billboard. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  4. ^ "VIDEO: Move over Nathan Sykes, sister Jess proves singing talent". Gloucester Citizen. 8 March 2013. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Nathan Sykes". Glamour. 12 March 2015. Archived from the original on 2 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Nathan Sykes: 'The Wanted Split Will Be Lengthy'". MTV. 1 March 2014.
  7. ^ Vena, Joselyn (25 August 2013). "Ariana Grande Admits The Wanted's Nathan Sykes 'Sang The Hell Out Of' Duet". MTV.
  8. ^ "Nathan Sykes". Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  9. ^ Davidson, Amy (24 June 2014). "Watch Nathan Sykes of The Wanted join Jessie J and DJ Cassidy on stage". Digital Spy.
  10. ^ Mohamed, Adam (12 March 2015). "Nathan Sykes' voice will amaze you in his new video for More Than You'll Ever Know". Daily Star.
  11. ^ Roth, Madeline (12 March 2015). "Nathan Sykes Oozes Sex Appeal in New Video: Watch". MTV.
  12. ^ Sykes, Nathan (8 April 2015). "Nathan Sykes Announces Debut Single 'Kiss Me Quick released in June'".
  13. ^ Sykes, Nathan (21 May 2015). "Nathan Sykes releases music video for debut single 'Kiss Me Quick'".
  14. ^ "Kiss Us Quick Nathan! The UK Singing Sensation Joins Our Summertime Ball Line Up". Capital. 22 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Nathan Sykes Gives The #CapitalSTB Crowd A Surprise Duet… With X Factor's Louisa Johnson!".
  16. ^ "Nathan Sykes – Nathan Sykes performs to over 80,000 people at the Capital FM Summertime Ball!!".
  17. ^ Sperling, Daniel (16 April 2013). "Dionne Bromfield confirms Nathan Sykes split: 'No hard feelings'". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  18. ^ Pocklington, Rebecca (31 January 2014). "Ariana Grande opens up about split from Nathan Sykes and says it happened 'a while ago'". mirror. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  19. ^ Sampson, Izzy. "The Wanted's Nathan Sykes talks about his throat surgery: "I was pretty scared"". Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  20. ^ a b c Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  21. ^ "Chart Archive > 18 November 2016 – 24 November 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  22. ^ "Nathan Sykes – Chart History: US Heat". Billboard.
  23. ^ a b Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  24. ^ "Nathan Sykes – Chart History: Dance Club Songs". Billboard.
  25. ^ "Discography Nathan Sykes". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  26. ^ Peak positions for singles in the US:
  27. ^ "ARIANA GRANDE'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO HAS A LOT OF PROBLEMS". Toborrow Buy. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  28. ^ "Nathan Sykes Goes High Glam In 'More Than You'll Ever Know' Video". Pop Dust. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  29. ^ "Nathan Sykes - Kiss Me Quick". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  30. ^ "Nathan Sykes - Over and Over Again". MSN. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  31. ^ "Nathan Sykes - Give It Up". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  32. ^ Currinn, Jonathan. "Nathan Sykes - Famous". CriticJonni. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  33. ^ "Nathan Sykes - There's Only One of You". VEVO. Retrieved 24 November 2018.

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