Former R&B singer James Arthur is best known for his hit song “Candyman”. He is described as one of the biggest pop stars of all time and has achieved cult status since he was a teenager. However, while James has achieved international fame, some are still not aware of his real identity. Here is how you can learn more about this versatile artist.
Known under various pseudonyms such as Artyle and Arthur in his earlier appearances on television, James Arthur was actually born to English parents from Ghana in segregated Mississippi in the United States in the late 1970s. He was first discovered singing at a young age by Caribbean-based musicians who were looking to create an Americanized version of traditional reggae music. After becoming known as an up-and-coming talent, he went on to sign deals with Virgin Records, Jive Records and Gold Star in the US, and gained further success after appearing on their UK version of Rock Show Live. He then went onto work with the critically acclaimed British band Smurfette, which made him even more popular in the UK. With Smurfette, he also produced several singles, including the hit “I Feel Love”.
For the recording of his single “I Feel Love”, James Arthur was again working with famed producer Scott Storch, who had worked with artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John and Nirvana. Though the single didn’t hit the UK singles chart, it became hugely successful in the US, reaching number two in the charts. However, James didn’t appear to be satisfied with this level of success, as he began work on a new album called A Danced Little Open Home, which was to be his last major project before his untimely death from cancer in 1996. However, despite this and other setbacks, he was still able to make five further singles for his record, “I Feel Love”.
James Arthur Measurements
|Body Size||34 inches|
|Waist Size||24 Inches|
|Hips Size||32 Inches|
|Shoe Size||11 (US)|
|Height||6′ 2½”/190 cm|
|Weight||82 kg/181 pounds|
It wasn’t long before James Arthur’s sudden death, aged just 31, following a heart attack on the set of a movie role. His memorial service was held at a church near his home, and his funeral cortege gave a moving speech about how the music industry can miss one of its most promising young singers. He said that he was like a soul, always wanting to sing, always hoping to get discovered and share his love with the world. He looked back over his career and saw that all of his songs were hits, and cited plenty of artists he had collaborated with over the years, including the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Smokey Robinson and others. He ended his speech by urging people not to be afraid of making their own dreams come true, and that everybody has the power to do whatever they want if they only believe in themselves.
So, with his death, it’s clear James Arthur is very much with us now. Following up on his huge hit “I Feel Love” will mark his first solo album in two decades, and fans have been buzzing him with anticipation for the upcoming project. His labelmate Kanye West has already said that he wants “lies” off of “Songs for Christmas”, and Sir Paul McCartney said that he wants “Love Actually” to be a great comeback for him. Could “I Feel Love” be the album that brings all those rumours and half truths to an end? And even though he won’t be singing, will he still be producing and performing? We’ll soon find out.
Some fans have said that it will be impossible for him to return to touring, since he was such a key member of The X Factor team. Others say he’ll have the chance to fulfill his potential as an artist, given his impressive career so far. One thing is for sure, we’ll be eagerly waiting for the next project from our favourite pop star. We’ll be looking forward to seeing “I Feel Love” with him, and hopefully it will be a classic.