JAMES Arthur, winner of the ninth series of ITV’s X Factor, made headlines for all the wrong reasons towards the end of last year.
The 25-year-old found himself in the midst of a media storm when, in November, he used homophobic lyrics in a song, leading to celebrities such as Frankie Boyle, Matt Lucas and singer Lucy Spraggan condemning him.
The backlash saw Arthur, who has since apologised, delete his Twitter account, so he will no doubt be hoping for a more positive response when he comes to the Capital on Thursday to play the Usher Hall.
The Middlesborough-born singer started writing songs at the age of 15, music quickly becoming the motivating factor in his life – at 14 he was singing with rock band Moonlight Drive.
A year later he was with Cue the Drama. Stints with Save Arcade and Emerald Skye followed before he auditioned for the BBC series The Voice in 2011.
Not making the final cut at the time, his big break came on The X Factor.
At the Usher Hall expect to hear tracks from his self-titled debut studio album, James Arthur.
James Arthur, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Thursday, 7pm (doors), £27.50, 0131-228 1155