From Starmaker to The X FactorBy Linda Fort
March 31, 2010
When Nathan James appeared on The X Factor, Simon Cowell described him as a “young Michael Bolton” and a “male Joss Stone”.
He got through to the last 21 in his category five years ago and is very happy with the way his career has progressed since the show.
Nathan (pictured right), from Sonning, will be appearing in Essence of Ireland at The Hexagon tonight.
Recalling the last time he appeared on the stage in Reading, he says: “I was 11-years-old and I was appearing in a massive school concert at The Hexagon. I had a solo.”
And he admits that the performance was the moment when he decided he wanted to sing for a living.
He was a pupil at Waingels Copse School in Woodley and joined Starmaker Theatre Company and a Berkshire boys’ choir.
Nathan, 21, left school after his GCSEs and in 2007 joined a cruise ship where he took a role as lead singer on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas.
Since then he has toured extensively in two shows in the UK – Essence of Ireland and Route 66.
Nathan is the first to admit he is better at singing than dancing.
The Essence of Ireland show is an eclectic mix of songs and dance with music ranging from the traditional Danny Boy to songs by Boyzone and U2.
Although most of the music in the show tends towards “pop”, Nathan’s own taste in music leans more toward rock.
He has recorded his first solo album under the name Lucian Knox which he feels “sounds more rock ‘n’ roll”.
He was not particularly sorry not to get further in The X Factor.
“I have really been enjoying everything I have been doing since,” he says.
“Everything is really good experience and I’m having a great time with this show and with Route 66.”
You can see Nathan perform in the show tonight. Tickets cost £18.50, or £17 for concessions.