It was June 2014 when Ben Haenow, who was then working as a van driver in Croydon, auditioned in Newcastle for the 11th series of The X Factor. Despite his nerves, he won over the judges with his rendition of Bill Withers’ Ain’t No Sunshine, receiving 4 “yes” votes. Simon Cowell told him he couldn’t believe he didn’t already have a record deal.
Three months later he wowed the judges again in his arena audition, performing the Rolling Stones’ Wild Horses in front of 5,000 people at the Wembley Arena. Once more he secured 4 “yes” votes and much praise for his raspy vocals and charismatic performances, and went on to progress all the way to the final. He was never in the bottom two, and ultimately Ben won on the public vote after his his incredible duet with Ed Sheeran.
Immediately after his win, Ben signed a record deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco Music. His winner’s single, Something I Need, made the 2014 Christmas No.1. Duets followed with the likes of Ed Sheerhan, Queen, and the hugely successful single release featuring American powerhouse, Kelly Clarkson.
Ben went on to collaborate with some of the biggest producers and songwriters around on his first album, which went on to be certified with Gold sales in the UK and several other countries, well received by fans and music critics alike.
He has a proven ability as a credible songwriter so with the release of his second studio album ‘Alive’ featuring 11 new and original tracks, he showcased the husky, rocky, soulful vocal style which endeared him to such a huge TV audience.
At the end of 2019 and into January 2020 Ben was offered the role of Prince Charming in ‘Cinderella’ at The Palace Theatre Redditch which Sold Out every night. This was a huge success he enjoyed the performances very much delivering on point, soaring vocals every day, to sold out audiences!
Ben Haenow is to be found constantly performing live in the UK and Internationally, which he enjoys immensely, it’s his lifeblood. He also performs regular concerts for charities that are close to his heart (one at the London Royal Albert Hall in March 2020 was alongside super West End performers).