A-list singer and songwriter Olly Murs has worked his way to a prestigious pedestal in the entertainment industry. The music sensation came to the limelight after he participated in the sixth series of The X Factor in the year 2009. Although Murs came second in the season, he succeeded in captivating and winning the hearts of the audience and the entire UK with his vocal talent.
The following year after his X-Factor stint, Murs released his debut album Olly Murs which was a delight to so many people as well as performed well on the charts. It has been a flourishing career for the young musician since then as he has continued to make giant strides in the industry. Here are lesser known facts about him.
Olly Murs Bio
He was born on May 14, 1984, to his parents; Vicky-Lynn, his mother and Pete Murs his father, in Witham, Essex. He is an alumnus of Howbridge Junior school, Witham, and also attended Braintree. Although Olly was inclined to music at an early age, he started out with football during his school days.
Before he took the bold step of enrolling into The X Factor, he performed with the Small Town Bloggers band. He also tried his luck with reality shows like Deal or No Deal. Olly Murs failed at the first attempt into The X Factor but made it through the audition stage on his second attempt in 2009.
After performing Superstition by Stevie Wonder he got the ‘yes’ from the judges including Simon Cowell and moved on to the subsequent stages as he made it to the final 12 along with 11 other contestants. After a whirlwind performance, he, unfortunately, ended as the runner-up having lost to Joe McElderry.
Coming after his X-Factor stint, Murs recorded his debut self titled album Olly Murs. In 2011, he started working on another album, In Case You Didn’t Know which was released in November that year. In 2012, he released his third studio album Right Place Right Time. Murs’ fourth studio album, Never Been Better was released in 2014. This was followed by his fifth 24 Hrs in 2016. The talented singer has been working on his sixth album titled You Know I Know. It has been a busy and flourishing career for Olly Murs. He has collaborated with so many A-listers in the industry and is far from getting started.
His Net Worth
Olly Murs sits on a net worth estimated at about $6 million. Some sources have also estimated it to be above £10 million. The talented singer and songwriter has garnered so much from the industry since his appearance on The X-Factor. Apart from his albums, Murs also makes a lot of money from several presenting jobs he took on after his X-factor appearance. He has worked as a Judge on other reality singing shows like The Voice, and many other shows.
Murs admits he was a little extravagant in the first few years he became successful. But in recent times he instead pays himself a decent salary and is now more prudent with his expenses.
As a way of giving back, the X-Factor finalist engages in a lot of charity. Murs won £10,000 for charity in the celebrity version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 2011. He also won 50p for charity in a celebrity edition of Deal or No Deal. He used it to fund the Brainwave organization which caters for children with brain conditions.
Personal Life – Girlfriend, Is He Gay? Here are Facts
Olly Murs may seem feminine to some but from his dating history, it can be deduced that the singer is straight, contrary to some rumors about his sexuality. The Trouble Maker singer was in a longterm relationship with property manager Francesca Thomas who is now his ex. The two lived together for about three years before their separation. Murs explained that they both had their careers in the way and had to part ways in 2015.
Following his breakup with Thomas, he has been linked with several women in recent times. He was rumored to be in a relationship with X-Factor co-host Caroline Flack afterward. This was as a result of seeming flirtatious advances they both share on-screen. But the singer came out to debunk the rumors saying they are not romantically involved. Olly Murs has also been linked to Mel Sykes.