Nathan James Sykes, an English singer and songwriter, rose to prominence as the youngest member of the British boy band The Wanted. Sykes, who was born with a natural talent for music, began singing as a young child. By the age of six, he had competed in multiple events, including Britney Spears’ Karaoke Kriminals and the Cheltenham Competitive Festival of Dramatic Art. In 2009, he passed the audition for the boy band ‘The Wanted’ and joins Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, and Jay McGuiness as one of its five members. Sykes’s greatest professional accomplishment occurred during his band days. The Wanted’s self-titled debut album reached number four on the UK Albums Chart. From then till 2014, a series of hit songs and albums were released. After taking a break from the band, Sykes began a solo career that was equally as successful as his band days. His debut single “Kiss Me Quick” topped the Dance Club Songs chart in the United States.
Youth and Early Life
Nathan James Sykes was born in Gloucester, England on April 18, 1993, to Harry and Karen Sykes. His younger sister’s name is Jessica Sykes.
Sykes attended Sylvia Young Theatre School and the Sixth Form of Ribston Hall High School.
Nathan Sykes’s Career
Nathan Sykes began singing when he was barely six years old; he was a prodigal child. He won a number of events in 2003, including Britney Spears’ Karaoke Criminals and the Cheltenham Competitive Festival of Dramatic Art.
Sykes featured on ITV’s Ministry of Mayhem in 2004 and won the Door Youth Project’s “Undiscovered Youth Talent Contest” following his success at the competitive level. He performed “Mack the Knife” in Darker at the tournament.
In 2004, Sykes represented the United Kingdom at the Lillehammer Junior Eurovision Song Contest. His song, “Born to Dance,” placed second at the gala, just behind the runner-up, Andrew Merry, and the winner, Cory Spedding.
He auditioned for the boy band ‘The Wanted’ in 2009. Jayne Collins selected him as a member of the group alongside Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker, and Jay McGuiness.
The band released its debut self-titled album, The Wanted, in October 2010. It reached number four on the United Kingdom Albums Chart. It debuted at number one on the UK Top 20 singles list with its debut single, “All Time Low.” The remaining two songs on the list are ‘Heart Vacancy,’ which peaked at number 2, and ‘Lose My Mind,’ which peaked at number 19.
In November 2011, the band released ‘Battleground,’ their second studio album, as a follow-up to its wildly successful debut. The album reached number five in the United Kingdom. Its debut single “Gold Forever” peaked at number three in the United Kingdom.
The second single ‘Glad You Came’ topped the United Kingdom singles chart for two consecutive weeks, becoming a number-one success. It was followed by the number-two and number-twenty-first peaking singles ‘Lightning’ and ‘Warzone,’ respectively.
The band ‘The Wanted’ also experienced success in the United States and Canada, following their meteoric rise to fame in the United Kingdom. Three million copies of their single “Glad You Came” were sold in the United States, and it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Canadian Hot 100. Their subsequent singles “Chasing the Sun” and “I Found You” topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart.
On E!, the band ‘The Wanted’ debuted its reality series dubbed ‘The Wanted Life’ The series covered the group’s existence, including their preparation for a world tour and their time in Los Angeles recording their third international album. Fall 2013 was the international debut of the program. It debuted in America in June 2013.
Sykes and Ariana Grande released their joint single ‘Almost Is Never Enough’ in the same year.
In 2014, following a tour of the United Kingdom and the United States, the band opted to pursue personal endeavors. Sykes secured a record deal with Global Entertainment in the same year. In June 2014, he sang ‘Calling All Hearts’ alongside Jessie J at Capital’s Summertime Ball, marking his fifth appearance at the Ball.
In terms of his career, 2015 was a landmark year for Sykes. His first solo music video, “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” was released on Vevo. In April, he embarked on his first solo tour, which featured six sold-out performances in the United Kingdom. S
Sykes released his debut single, “Kiss Me Quick,” in July 2015. The song reached its highest position on the UK Singles Chart at number 14. In November of the same year, he released his second single, “Over and Over Again,” as a result of its success.
In April 2016, his third single, “Give It Up,” was released. The song was quickly prohibited due to its inappropriate music video.
In late 2016, Sykes released his debut studio album, titled ‘Unfinished Business’ It reached a top position of 11 on the UK charts.
Nathan Sykes has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, such as “Loose Women,” “Chasing the Saturdays,” “CBBC Official Chart Show,” “Blue Peter,” and “Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up.”
Nathan Sykes’s Major Opera
When he secured a spot in the band ‘The Wanted,’ Sykes experienced his first significant career breakthrough. The band’s debut self-titled album, ‘The Wanted,’ reached at number four on the UK Albums Chart and enjoyed amazing success. They quickly followed up with hit singles and chart-topping albums that shook the music business.
Following The Wanted’s break, Sykes began his solo career by releasing his debut single, “Kiss Me Quick.” The song reached its highest position on the UK Singles Chart at number 14. Its popularity prompted him to release his debut studio album, ‘Unfinished Business,’ which reached number 11 on the UK album charts.
Personal History and Legacy
Nathan Sykes is unmarried as of January 2017, but he has dated other women in the past. He began dating Dionne Bromfield initially, but they broke up in 2013. Subsequently, he dated Ariana Grande, but this relationship, too, ended in December 2013.
Estimated Net Worth
The estimated net worth of English singer Nathan Sykes is $4 million. Nathan Sykes is primarily recognized for his work with the Irish-English boy band The Wanted. Sykes was born in April of 1993 and is best regarded as the “baby” of the group.