Artist Biography James Andrew Arthur (born 2 March 1988) is a British singer and musician who won the ninth series of The X Factor in 2012. His debut single, "Impossible", was released after the final and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart in its first week of release. It has since gone on to sell over 1.25 million copies in the UK and 2.5 million copies worldwide. He released his self-titled debut album in November 2013. It debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart.