When Ben Haenow burst onto the scene singing Bill Withers’ Aint No Sunshine at his first X Factor audition - well they should have cancelled 2014 series right there. He was a clear winner.
And win it he did, in style. It was later revealed he got the most public votes from weeks four to 10.
He went on to have the Christmas number one with platinum selling Something I Need, then joined forces with American Idol winner and International star Kelly Clarkson for his follow up 2015 hit single, Second Hand Heart.
His self titled debut album was also a top 10 hit.
Now he’s on his first eight date headline UK tour - full details below - including a last night at Sheffield O2 Academy on Saturday, April 23..
Away from conquering the charts, Ben has been hard at work in the recording studio in London and LA, co-writing with an A-list of songwriters for his self-titled debut album, including Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran), JR Rotem (Rihanna, Maroon 5), Julian Bunetta (One Direction) and Steve Robson (Take That, Olly Murs) to produce a body of work that encompasses his musical influences and reflects his true and honest self.
He spent years playing and gigging with his brother Alex to hone his writing and develop his musical influences, giving him the solid foundation to grow into the talented songwriter and performer he is today.
With an album full of his own soul, stories and influences topped off with a UK tour; 2016 looks to be his year.
Ben said: “I literally cannot wait to get out there and see you guys on tour. Performing live is what I love and what I have been looking forward to the most. I promise it will be a show to remember. Hopefully coming to a city near you! “
2016 UK Tour Dates:
15.04 - Manchester - Academy 2
16.04 - Newcastle - Academy
17.04 - Glasgow - O2 ABC
19.04 - Croydon - Fairfield Halls
20.04 - Ipswich - Regent
21.04 - Birmingham - Institute
22.04 – Bristol – O2 Academy