Joe McElderry is a singer/songwriter born in South Shields on 16th June 1991. He rose to prominence in 2009 when he won the sixth series of the television show X-Factor, beating Olly Murs in the final with 61% of the votes. His debut single, The Climb reached no.1 in both the UK and Irish charts and has sold over 800,000. copies. He headlined the 47 date nationwide X-Factor arena tour in Spring 2010. His debut album, Wide Awake, was released in September 2010 and reached no.3 in the UK charts.
In Summer 2011 Joe proved his talent and versatility by winning the second series of PopStar to OperaStar with over 80% of the vote. He subsequently signed to Universal Music and released his second album, Classic, which reached no.2 in the charts and achieved Gold status within two weeks of its release. Following the success of this album, Joe embarked on a UK tour in November 2011. He performed at 16 of Britain’s finest concert halls, including London’s Royal Festival Hall. Joe also performed to Her Majesty The Queen at the annual Festival of Remembrance at The Royal Albert Hall on 12th November. Joe’s third album, Classic Christmas, was released at the end of an incredibly busy 2011 and also achieved Gold status, this time on release.
2012 saw the release of Joe’s fourth album, Here’s What I Believe, which marks the start of his songwriting career. The album features a combination of new collaborations with artists such as Marcella Detroit, Ludovico Einaudi and Beth Nielsen Chapman, and cover versions of classic love songs. Here’s What I Believe was Joe’s fourth top 15 album in the space of two years!
Joe’s 64-date ‘Set Your Soul Alive’ tour spanned March to November 2014 and his ‘Evolution’ tour, currently standing at 70 dates, runs from February to November 2015. At Christmas 2013 he starred in Cinderella and 2014 in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He has also made numerous television and radio appearances.
Joe has achieved wide-spread recognition from other artists. Sir Tim Rice said, “He’s a fantastic singer ….. He has a great voice and he commands a stage very well.”; Beverley Knight tweeted, “your control of your vibratto is wonderful, just had to let you know! Xxxxx”; Whitney Houston said, “Absolutely beautiful” when Joe sang her his version of Where Do Broken Hearts Go; Michael Buble commented, “I think he could probably give me some tips!”; and Rolando Villazon said, ” I told him if you go to the conservatory you could become an opera singer. He still could if he wanted to.”
Joe has also achieved recognition for his contributions to charity. He is a regional ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust and has run the Great North Run three times for them. He has also supported the World Hunger Project, participating in Dionne Warwick’s World Hunger Day concert at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2012. Other charities he has performed for include Children In Need, Variety GB, Breast Cancer Care and AgeUK. In February 2013 he was the youngest ever recipient of Variety GB’s Silver Heart, awarded for his contribution to charity and the entertainment industry.
Joe is currently working on album no.5.