Jay James (singer)
|Also known as||Jay James|
|Origin||Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, Wales|
Jay James (also known as Jay James Picton) is a Welsh recording artist, songwriter and broadcaster from Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire in Wales. He is a former Royal Navy Officer turned singer/songwriter. James appeared in the finals of the 11th series of The X Factor. He now presents a show at BFBS Radio.
After a knee injury in the Royal Navy took him out of active service. He began singing and learning a guitar previously bought for a dare. He was scouted by Universal in 2009 and released his first album Play It by Heart in 2012. The same year, he featured on the song "Fly" by Cinematic, released on Black Butter Records 
He appeared on the 11th series of The X Factor and was knocked out by Stevi Ritchie
In 2015 he obtained a record deal with Moonshine Music and his second album.
In 2015 Jay was voted 10th in HeatWorld’s / Heat / FHM Magazine’s Top 100 Hottest Hunks of 2015. He was also named 4th Sexiest man in Wales with Wales Online. Jay performed to an electric crowd of 82,000 people at Twickenham Stadium for the annual
In 2016 he started working for BFBS Radio on the Big Friday Show with Hal Stewart.
- ‘Play It by Heart’ Decca Records, Universal
- ‘FLY’ Black Butter Records
- ‘Broken Heart’ Stax Records
- Self Simply Red Live Nation
- Self Rebecca Ferguson CAA / Live Nation
- Self Jessie J CAA / Live Nation /SJM
- Self XFACTOR LIVE TOUR 2015 Syco Entertainment
- Self - Special Guest The Overtones UK 2016
- Self - Special Guest The Overtones UK 2017
- "A knee injury looked as if it might end his Navy job. Then he began singing... How Jay's music career kicked off with a twist". Daily Mail. 22 September 2012.
- "X Factor 2014: Jay James new favourite to win, according to bookies". Mirror. 29 September 2017.
- "X Factor 2014 finalist Jay James profiled: His story so far in videos and pictures". Mirror. 16 November 2014.
- "Cinematic - "Fly" (Feat. Jay James Picton) (Video)". Earmilk. 27 March 2012.
- Rodger, James (16 February 2018). "Jay James and Alexander O'Neal announce Birmingham show". Birmingham Mail.
- "X Factor's Jay James: 'I can't wait to get started on a proper music career'". Wales Online. 21 November 2014.
- "X Factor Star Jay James signs new record deal & radio station move". AXS.
- Mainwaring, Rachel (27 April 2015). "X Factor star Jay James makes it into hottest hunk list". WalesOnline.
- "X Factor Star Jay James Returns To The (Air) Waves". BFBS Radio. 9 September 2016.
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