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Essex-born X-Factor success story
Since bursting onto the music scene as the runner-up on the 2009 series of The X Factor, pop singer and songwriter Olly Murs has achieved an incredible amount of success.
Not long after the competition, Murs embarked on a sold-out X Factor arena tour and his debut single Please Don't Let Me Go shot straight to the top of the charts in September 2010. His second hit, Thinking Of Me, peaked at No.4 in November of the same year. His self-titled debut record followed soon after, landing at No.2 on the UK albums chart.
Murs then decided to take his music in a different direction with his 2011 single Heart Skips A Beat, featuring Brighton hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks. It went right to the No.1 spot on the UK singles chart, and his follow-up album, In Case You Didn’t Know, did the same that autumn. Ollie Murs' next tour was the star's first headlining UK arenas.
Three more albums – 2012’s Right Place Right Time, 2014’s Never Been Better and 2016’s 24 Hrs – came in regular succession, with corresponding arena tours taking place during the intervening years. Co-written along with Steve Robson, Claude Kelly and Flo Rida, the lead track from Murs’ third album, Troublemaker, became his fourth solo single to reach No.1 and his biggest selling single to date.
Alongside his music career, in 2012 Murs released his illustrated autobiography Happy Days. In it, he opened up about challenges with depression and anxiety that came with his sudden rise to fame. Since then, he’s worked closely with mental health charities like Brainwave and #IAMWHOLE, which presented the ground-breaking Music 4 Mental Health concert in 2018.
In 2018, Murs got his own spinning red chair when he joined the coaching panel of The Voice UK. The following year, Team Olly member Molly Hocking was crowned the champion of the TV competition’s eighth series.
Murs spent the summer of 2019 touring the UK with a huge run of shows celebrating 10 years in the music industry, as well as promoting the release of his sixth studio album, 2018’s You Know I Know. The double album featured a selection of Murs’ greatest hits, as well as 14 new songs.
A devoted football fan and talented footballer, Murs is co-owner of Essex’s non-league Coggeshall Town FC. Often a participant in charity football matches, in September 2020, he took part in Soccer Aid at Old Trafford.