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About Dalton Harris
A talented vocalist, Dalton Harris went from his dancehall roots to winning the 2018 final of the U.K. X-Factor, wowing audiences with his covers of Elton John, Prince, Radiohead, and Beyoncé.
Born and raised in Jamaica, Harris had a difficult childhood, being one of 22 siblings and growing up in an impoverished household. Moving out at the age of 15, he pursued his education in the capital, Kingston, where he earned decent grades in school. While there he met Donovan Germain, owner of Penthouse Records. Realizing his talent, Germain managed Harris, with the young star entering 2010's Digicel Rising Stars competition. Harris came out on top, winning the show and promptly releasing a handful of singles over the next few years, including the 2014 dancehall chart number one "Pauper." More singles followed and in 2018 he teamed up with guitarist Mike Needler for the release of the album Unintentional Astronaut.
That same year, Harris entered the U.K. X-Factor. Wowing the judges with his rendition of Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," Harris made his way to the final, performing with Emeli Sandé and James Arthur, eventually winning the show. His duet with Arthur, a reworking of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "The Power of Love," was issued as a single, entering the U.K. charts at number four. ~ Rich Wilson