Nathan James Sykes (born 18 April 1993) is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known for being the youngest member of British boy band The Wanted. In 2013, Sykes appeared with his bandmates in the E! channel reality television series The Wanted Life. After the band's hiatus in 2014, Sykes embarked on a solo career. His debut single "Kiss Me Quick" was released in July 2015. It reached number-one on the US Dance Club Songs chart.

Early life

Sykes was born on 18 April 1993 to Harry and Karen Sykes. He has a younger sister, Jessica Sykes, who is also a singer. Sykes attended Sylvia Young Theatre School and Ribston Hall High School Sixth Form.

Music career

Early beginnings

Sykes started singing when he was six years old. In 2003, he won various competitions including Britney Spears' Karaoke Kriminals and Cheltenham Competitive Festival of Dramatic Art. In 2004, he appeared on ITV's Ministry of Mayhem, and won the Door Youth Project's "Undiscovered Youth Talent Contest" where he performed "Mack the Knife" in Derker, and he attempted to represent United Kingdom in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2004 that was held in Lillehammer. In the finals he finished in third place with the song, "Born to Dance", behind Cory Spedding and runner-up Andrew Merry. In 2008, he performed for the music competition "Live and Unsigned".

2009–14: The Wanted

In 2009, at the age of 16, Sykes auditioned for the boy band, The Wanted. The auditions were held by Jayne Collins. Sykes was chosen to be one of those five members for a group. He joined bandmates Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Tom Parker and Jay McGuiness. In 2014, the band decided to take a break and pursue their personal endeavours after a tour of the United Kingdom and the United States.

2013–present: Unfinished Business

In 2013, Sykes and American singer Ariana Grande released their collaborative single, "Almost Is Never Enough". In 2014, Sykes signed a record deal with Global Entertainment (a part of the Global Group, along with Capital's owner Global Radio).

In June 2014, he joined singer Jessie J on stage for Capital's Summertime Ball to perform "Calling All Hearts".

In March 2015, Sykes debuted his first solo music video for "More Than You'll Ever Know" on Vevo. Sykes went on his first solo tour on 8 April 2015, which included six sold-out shows in the United Kingdom. Sykes announced via the app Periscope that his debut single would be called "Kiss Me Quick". The single was released on 5 July 2015. On 21 May 2015, Sykes released his music video for his debut single "Kiss Me Quick" on Vevo. The song peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

On 11 June 2016, Sykes performed at Capital's Summertime Ball for the seventh consecutive time (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 with The Wanted, 2014 as Jessie J's guest, 2015 and 2016 as a solo performer).

In October 2015, Sykes announced his second single, called "Over and Over Again". The music video for the song was released in the UK on 28 October 2015. It was released worldwide on 20 November 2015. It was also announced that Sykes would support Little Mix on their 'Get Weird' Tour in March 2016. Sykes announced that his third single, called "Give It Up", would be released on 13 May 2016. The music video for "Give It Up" was released on 27 April 2016, and was later banned from television after featuring numerous scenes which came across unsuitable for most audiences. On 26 July 2016, Sykes announced that his debut studio album, titled Unfinished Business, would be released on 4 November 2016.

Personal life

In the summer of 2012, he started seeing Dionne Bromfield, but in early 2013, they split. He also dated Ariana Grande, from whom he split in December 2013. He is currently single.


2007The Magic DoorElf WarriorActor
2010Loose WomenHimself5 episodes
2013Chasing the SaturdaysHimself1 episode
The Wanted LifeHimself7 episodes

Awards and nominations

2016Kids' Choice AwardsUK Favorite Music ActNominated
Radio Disney Music AwardsThe Freshest – Best New ArtistNominated



Unfinished Business


YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum

2015"Kiss Me Quick"14191Unfinished Business
"Over and Over Again"
(solo or featuring Ariana Grande)
2016"Give It Up"
(featuring G-Eazy)
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
2004"Born to Dance"Non-album single
2013"Almost Is Never Enough"
(Ariana Grande featuring Nathan Sykes)
495682The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Yours Truly
2015"More Than You'll Ever Know"Unfinished Business
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.