About Sam Bailey
Sam Bailey is one of the country’s most talented singers who won the hearts of the nation after winning the tenth series of The UK X Factor in 2013.
Sam Bailey was born in Bexley, East London. Growing up, she enjoyed singing for her friends and family but never believed she was destined for stardom.
When she was younger, she entered talent competitions but always wanted to impress people with her talent, rather than being talked up by family and friends. However, her family did have a major influence on her musical career – her grandfather was a singer in a group called ‘The Four Vinos’ and her father was also in a band and she was often in the company of musicians.
Before storming to success by winning The X Factor, Sam worked as a prison officer at HM Prison Gartree as well as performing on cruise ships, in clubs, and at music festivals for several years. Despite nervousness at her first audition, the power of her voice shone through and she dazzled audiences and judges alike. A firm favorite from the start, her success never seemed in doubt; she won the show and a £1 million recording contract.
Following her triumph, her debut single, Skyscraper, reached Christmas number one and her debut album, The Power of Love stormed to the top of the UK album charts in 2014. Sam is truly one of the most talented performers in the music business and embarked on her first ever headline tour in 2015 which sold-out venues and received rave reviews.
She had her debut in the west with Sam Bailey: Live in the West End, performing her favorite songs from musicals, to a sold out Lyric theatre. Other theatre roles include starring in a “panto” (Pantomime) in 2015, playing Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington, and playing the major role of Mama Morton in the national UK tour of the blockbuster, Chicago in 2016. In 2017 and 2018, Sam starred in Kay Mellor’s musical adaptation of her popular ITV series, Fat Friends.
Sam’s latest single Sing My Heart Out was released on August 5th, 2016 and her album of the same name was released on September 16th. Sam collaborated with Ben Adams, of A1 fame and Steve Dorff, award-winning American songwriter, whose songs have been recorded by international superstars Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston, just to name a few. In 2017 Sam headlined a 23 date UK tour of Sing My Heart Out.