A well known singer-songwriter, Olly Murs initially rose to fame after coming in second on the sixth season of The X Factor (2009). Prior to that, he performed with a covers band called The Small Town Blaggers with a close friend named Jon Goodey. Eventually signing with Simon Cowell’s music label, he released his eponymous debut album, Olly Murs in the fall of 2011- which quickly proved to be a considerable success.
Born on May 14, 1984, Olly Murs (Real Name: Oliver Stanley Murs) is the son of Pete Murs and Vicky Linn; not only does he have a twin brother, but he also has a sister named Fay. Growing up in Braintree, Essex, he went to Notley High School as a teen where he was an active member of the football team. A natural athlete, he even played for the Isthmian Division One for a brief period during the mid to late 2000’s. Despite his talent in the sport, he was ultimately forced to give it up after sustaining a leg injury.
Prior to competing in The X Factor, Murs was a member of the duo, The Small Town Blaggers. Interestingly enough, he had auditioned for The X Factor previously in 2015, though he ultimately did not make the cut. From there, he competed on Deal or No Deal where he won £10 before landing a break with The X Factor in 2009.
How Olly Murs Became Famous
For his audition, Murs performed a rendition of Superstition by Stevie Wonder. Landing a coveted spot on the sixth season of The X Factor, Olly Murs went up against several other competitors including Joe Mcelderry, Stacey Soloman, Lloyd Daniels, and Danyl Johnson, among others.
Over the next several weeks, he performed several songs on stage including She’s the One by Robbie Williams, A Fool in Love by Tina Turner, Come Together by the Beatles, among others. As time went on, he eventually found himself standing alongside two fellow finalists during the final week. That week, Murs performed three songs- Superstition by Stevie Wonder (the same title that auditioned with), Angels (With Robbie Williams) by Robbie Williams and A Fool in Love by Tina Turner, which he’d sang earlier in the competition.
From there, it was eventually announced that he had finished in second place, behind Joe McElderry. Although he didn’t take home the winner’s title, his runner-up status still managed to garner him a considerable amount of fame and attention. Shortly after the show, he signed with Simon Cowell’s record label in 2010.
Olly Murs’ Music Albums
On November 23, 2010, the singer-songwriter released his self-titled debut album, Olly Murs. Primarily a pop album, Murs enlisted the help of several music producers for the project including Steve Robson, Steve Fitzmaurice, Martin Brammer, John Shanks, Trevor Horn, and Mark Taylor. Preceded by two singles, it boasted twelve tracks including I Blame Hollywood, Change is Gonna Come, Heart on My Sleeve, Thinking of Me, Please Don’t Let Me Go, and Love Shine Down, the last of which featured guest vocals from Jessie J.
A considerable success, Olly Murs debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number two with well over 100,000 sales in the first week. Outside of his native UK, the album also charted at number three in Scotland and number eleven in Ireland. To date, it has been certified 2x Platinum by the BPI for having sold over 816,000 units.
The next fall, Murs dropped his second album, In Case You Didn’t Know. Made available on November 25, 2011, it came with thirteen titles, including Heart Skips a Beat, Dance with Me Tonight, and Oh My Goodness, all of which were later released as singles. Supported by a concert tour in the UK and Ireland, it debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart, making it his first number one album in the United Kingdom. More successful than its predecessor, it has since sold over 1.1 million copies across the UK.
Then on October 14, 2012, his third studio album, Right Place Right Time was released in stores. Though some criticized it for sounding too similar to his previous album, it still managed to debut at the top of the Albums Chart in the UK with over 127,000 sales in the initial week. A global hit, the album also charted among the top 10 in Austria, Ireland, Scotland, and Switzerland. Supported by seven singles, it has since gone platinum four times in the UK, making it his most successful album to date.
Two years afterwards, he dropped his fourth album, Never Been Better. Produced by the likes of Ryan Tedder, Steve Robson, and Jason Evigan, among others, its thirteen-song track list saw a couple of guest appearances from Demi Lovato (e.g. Up) and Travie McCoy (e.g. Wrapped Up). Though not as successful as his earlier albums, it still managed to top the UK Albums Chart with 92,000 copies sold in the first week. In the United States, the album also snagged number 42 on the Billboard Top 200.
Most recently, Murs released his fifth album, 24 Hrs on November 11, 2016. Similar to his previous releases, it wasn’t long until it had topped the UK Albums chart. To date, over 300,000 copies have been sold across the UK.
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Olly Murs’ Other Social Media Accounts
Olly Murs’ Facebook Account
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Olly Murs’ Instagram Account
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Olly Murs’ Youtube Account
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