Sam Bailey

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Sam Bailey
Birth nameSam Bailey
Born1977 (age 36–37)
Bexley, London, England
OriginLeicester, England
GenresPop, soul
InstrumentsVocals, drums[1]
Years active2013–present
LabelsSyco, Sony Music Entertainment
WebsiteOfficial website
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Sam Bailey
Birth nameSam Bailey
Born1977 (age 36–37)
Bexley, London, England
OriginLeicester, England
GenresPop, soul
InstrumentsVocals, drums[1]
Years active2013–present
LabelsSyco, Sony Music Entertainment
WebsiteOfficial website

Sam Bailey (born 1977) is an English singer, known for winning the tenth series of The X Factor. Following her win, her debut cover single "Skyscraper" (originally sung by Demi Lovato) was released on 16 December 2013, achieving the Christmas number 1 on 22 December 2013.[2] In February 2014, Bailey will support Beyoncé on one of the dates of her UK leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, as well as performing on The X Factor Live Tour.[3]

Early and personal life[edit]

Bailey was born in Bexley, London and grew up in Sidcup, London.[4] She went to Cleeve Park School and Bexley College.[5][6]

Prior to auditioning for The X Factor, Bailey worked as a prison officer in HM Prison Gartree.[7] She currently lives in Leicester with her husband Craig Pearson,[8] their two children,[7] Tommy and Brooke and their deaf Springer Spaniel, Molly.[8] She is a Leicester City fan.[9]

Music career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1996, then 18-year-old Bailey formed the ska duo Girls Next Door with her friend Julie Nunney. They recorded a song called "Too Late", which was produced by Right Said Fred bassist Clyde Ward. Simon Cowell heard the song but turned the duo down because they were not on television.[10]

2013: The X Factor[edit]

In 2013, Bailey auditioned for the tenth series of The X Factor, singing "Listen" in her room audition and "Who's Lovin' You" in her arena audition. She was placed in the "over 25s" category and was mentored by Sharon Osbourne. She successfully made it through to "bootcamp" and to "judges' houses", where she was chosen by Osbourne for the live shows along with Lorna Simpson and Shelley Smith. She soon gained the nickname "Screwbo", a portmanteau of "screw" – the name given to prison officers – and "SuBo", due to her audition being reminiscent of that of Susan Boyle's Britain's Got Talent audition in 2009.[7] Following the eliminations of Simpson in week 1 and Smith in week 2, Bailey became the last over 25 in the competition. On 8 December, she made it to the final along with Nicholas McDonald and Luke Friend.[11] On 14 December, she duetted with The X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger.[12] The following night, she sang her winner's single, a cover of "Skyscraper" by Demi Lovato. Later, having received more than 1 million votes over the course of the weekend, she was announced as the winner.[13] When the voting statistics were announced on the X Factor afterwards, they revealed that Bailey had received the most public votes seven times out of ten.[14] As the winner, Bailey received a £1 million recording contract with Syco Music and will also support Beyoncé on the UK leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in February 2014.[3] Bailey was reportedly due to support Beyoncé at ten shows, but that figure was cut down to just one due to The X Factor Live Tour.[15]

A report by The Sun claimed that Bailey had "misled the public" by stating she had no previous singing experience, when in fact she had been performing on cruise ships, in clubs and at music festivals for several years. Bailey defended herself in an interview with the Leicester Mercury, stating: "I have been totally honest that I have sang for 20 years but never made it. What's the problem with that?"[16] An X Factor executive producer also revealed that Bailey had auditioned for the show's fourth series in 2007, but did not get past the first producers' round.[16]

2013–present: The Power of Love[edit]

Bailey's winner's single "Skyscraper" was released via digital download on 16 December 2013, the day after she won the show. On 18 December 2013, the single received a physical release, which features three of Bailey's best X Factor performances – "The Power of Love", "Make You Feel My Love" and "No More Tears".[17] On The Xtra Factor after the final results show, judge Gary Barlow said that he would like to write songs for Bailey.[18] In an interview on Lorraine the day after winning, Bailey said that she plans to quit her job as a prison officer.[19] On 22 December 2013, the song debuted atop the UK Singles Chart after selling 149,000 copies in its first week, becoming the UK's Christmas 2013 number one.[2] In an interview for the Official Charts Company, Bailey said that she wants to release her debut album in the spring.[20] On 21 January 2014, Bailey announced that her album will be called The Power of Love.



TitleAlbum details
The Power of Love


YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertifications



  1. ^ Darvill, Josh (9 January 2014). "X Factor winner Sam Bailey wants to return next series playing the drums". TellyMix. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Christmas number one: X Factor's Sam Bailey tops chart". BBC. 22 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Denham, Jess (15 December 2013). "X Factor 2013 winner Sam Bailey to join Beyoncé on UK tour next year". The Independent. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - Sam Bailey". iTunes Store (Apple Inc.). Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Cottle, Robin (26 October 2013). "Bexley-born Sam Bailey makes X Factor song choice". Bexley Times. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Kemble, Harry (12 November 2013). "X Factor's Sam Bailey on her early life in Bexley". Bexley Times. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "What a transformation! Prison officer Sam 'Screwbo' Bailey leads the pampered parade as the X Factor finalists get superstar makeovers". Daily Mail (DMG Media). 7 October 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b McCormack, Kirsty (12 December 2013). "X Factor finalist Sam Bailey heads home to Leicester to greet her husband and children". Daily Express. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Leicester City v Burnley – I'm sure Nigel and the lads will do us all proud this week". Leicester Mercury (Local World). 14 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Watts, Halina (23 December 2013). "Simon Cowell turned down X Factor winner Sam Bailey on her first bid for stardom". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Strang, Fay (8 December 2013). "Rough Copy miss out on a place in The X Factor final to Luke Friend as Sharon sends the vote to deadlock". Daily Mail (DMG Media). Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Charalambous, Sophia (14 December 2013). "X Factor Final: Luke Friend leaves the show as Sam Bailey and Nicholas McDonald are left to battle it out to be crowned winner". Daily Mail (DMG Media). Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Rigby, Sam (15 December 2013). "Sam Bailey wins The X Factor 2013, Nicholas McDonald finishes second". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "REVEALED! Voting Results for The X Factor Series 10". The X Factor ( 15 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Warwick, Charlotte (6 January 2014). "X Factor winner Sam Bailey's support spot on Beyoncé tour slashed over 'conflicting schedules'?". Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Duffin, Yasmin (4 September 2013). "X Factor star Sam Bailey challenges critics". Leicester Mercury (Local World). Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  17. ^ Rigby, Sam (15 December 2013). "X Factor winner Sam Bailey's single release details revealed". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  18. ^ Rigby, Sam (15 December 2013). "X Factor Gary Barlow: 'I'd love to write for Sam Bailey'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  19. ^ Troughton, Adrian (16 December 2013). "X Factor: Sam Bailey reveals she is to quit her job as a prison officer". Leicester Mercury (Local World). Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  20. ^ Rigby, Sam (22 December 2013). "Sam Bailey on debut album: 'Hopefully it will be out in the spring'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Sam Bailey > UK Charts". Official Charts Company. 
  22. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Sam Bailey". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  23. ^ Peak positions for the singles in Scotland:
  24. ^ "Certified Awards" (enter "Sam Bailey" into the "Keywords" box, then select "Search"). British Phonographic Industry. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
James Arthur
Winner of The X Factor
Succeeded by