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James Arthur: ‘No more ballads’

December 8, 2017
James Arthur
Image caption James Arthur: “I’ve been through a lot of heartache”

Up to now, James Arthur has built his career on ballads.

From his X Factor single, a cover of Shontelle’s Impossible, to the global smash hit Say You Won’t Let Go, the singer has proved he can tug on your heartstrings like a puppy on a postman’s trousers.

Those slow-tempo weepies are the perfect fit for his cracked and tortured voice. But the star would like it to be known he’s got a few more tricks up his sleeve.

“I’m starting to feel like people know what to expect from me,” he says.

“If you come and see my shows, I’m all over the stage. We do grunge, we do gospel, we do R&B – but the songs that make it on the radio are the acoustic, heartfelt ballads.