Jahméne Douglas

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Jahméne Douglas
Birth nameJahméne Aaron Douglas
Born(1991-02-26) 26 February 1991 (age 23)
Birmingham, England
GenresR&B, soul, gospel
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2012–present
LabelsSony (2012–present)
RCA (2013–present)
Associated actsNicole Scherzinger, Stevie Wonder
Websitejahmenedouglas.com
 
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Jahméne Douglas
Birth nameJahméne Aaron Douglas
Born(1991-02-26) 26 February 1991 (age 23)
Birmingham, England
GenresR&B, soul, gospel
OccupationsSinger
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2012–present
LabelsSony (2012–present)
RCA (2013–present)
Associated actsNicole Scherzinger, Stevie Wonder
Websitejahmenedouglas.com

Jahméne Aaron Douglas (born 26 February 1991) is a British soul/gospel singer. He was the runner-up to James Arthur on the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012.

In December 2012, he signed a record deal with Sony Music.[1] On 22 July 2013, he released his debut studio album, Love Never Fails, which peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart and included appearances from Nicole Scherzinger, in a duet of "The Greatest Love of All", and Stevie Wonder, who lent his harmonica skills on "Give Us This Day". He is currently recording his second album which is set for release in 2014.

Career[edit]

2012: The X Factor[edit]

Main article: The X Factor

On 30 May 2012, Douglas auditioned in London for the ninth series of The X Factor. He sang Etta James' "At Last" with a powerful voice in what Louis had stated as a "revelation" and received four yes' from judges Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger. Despite struggling with his confidence at the bootcamp stage of the competition, where he gave an average performance of "Moves like Jagger", Douglas managed to advance to judges' houses, where he has impressed mentor Nicole Scherzinger with his rendition of David Guetta's "Titanium", thereby making it to the live shows. He fought his way through to the finals with James Arthur and Christopher Maloney. On 8 December, he was the first act to make it safely through to the second night of the live finals, along with Arthur. He finished the competition in second place with 38.9% of the public votes, making James Arthur the winner with 53.7% of the votes.

2013: Love Never Fails and X Factor Around the World[edit]

Main article: Love Never Fails

On 19 December 2012, it was announced that Douglas had signed a record deal with Sony Music.[1] On 25 January 2013, it was confirmed that he had signed with RCA Records and would be releasing his debut album in May.[2]

It was announced by RCA Records that Douglas' first album would be called Love Never Fails and would be released on 22 July. It was on track to hit number one in the UK, after topping the midweek charts (as reported by the Official Charts Company). Douglas also donated all of his profits from the single "Titanium" to the domestic abuse campaigns of the charity Womens Aid. The album features appearances from his X Factor mentor Scherzinger and Stevie Wonder.[3] He released a single from the album, a cover of David Guetta's "Titanium", on to his Vevo account on 12 June 2013.[4]

In August 2013, Douglas performed in Indonesia for RCTI's 24th anniversary television special, X Factor Around the World, along with Samantha Jade, The Collective, Melanie Amaro, Novita Dewi and Fatin Shidqia.[5]'Titanium' subsequently hit number 1 the following day in Indonesia.

2013–present: Second album[edit]

Jahméne is currently working on his second album set for release in late 2014. Douglas has announced there will be a surprise for this release and has been working with names such as Diane Warren, Stanley Brown, Andrea Martin and Sacha Skarbek among others. The title has not yet been announced but snippets from his writing sessions and demos have been uploaded to youtube with titles such as, "Catch The Rhythm" and "Look Up." Both within keeping of his Gospel roots and Rnb/Soul sounds.

Personal life[edit]

Jahméne Douglas was born in Birmingham 26 February 1991 to Mandy Thomas and Eustace Douglas. The parents' relationship resulted in Jahméne's later work to help those suffering with domestic violence. It has been reported that Douglas is planning on touring schools to help raise awareness and teach people about healthy relationships. Douglas is the first youth ambassador of the UK charity Women's Aid, for children and young people.[6]

Douglas is also an Ambassador of the Big Lottery Funded campaign "Head Start,' which focuses on early prevention in children's problems before they escalate into domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, neglect and other problems amongst families.

Awards[edit]

Jahmene Douglas was nominated for "Best Newcomer" at the MOBO Awards in 2013 and performed "Next To Me." Douglas has also received a nomination to which he won "Best Male Newcomer" from the Urban Music Awards. (UMA's)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
UK
[7]
IRE
[8]
SCO
[9]
Love Never Fails1301
Second album (title TBA)
  • Released: Summer 2014
  • Label: RCA Records
    Sony Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
[7]
2013"Titanium"94Love Never Fails
"Forever Young"

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