Dalton Harris certainly has the X Factor having been crowned the winner of the UK X Factor’s 2018 series and hitting #4 on the UK charts with his single ‘Power of Love’ featuring previous X Factor winner James Arthur (a cover of the 1993 Celine Dion classic). Unlike many artists on the show this certainly isn’t Dalton Harris’ first experience of the music industry, neither is it his first experience of talent show success. Join us as we recall Dalton Harris’ path to the X Factor.
Dalton Harris was born in Clarendon, living alongside his 22 brothers and sisters, Dalton throughout his time on the X Factor recalled the difficulties he faced growing up in such a large family, the issues his family had with money and his eventual decision to live on his own at age 15.
Dalton attended Edwin Allen High School but dropped out in the 10th grade, during this time Dalton hit perhaps his lowest point, living alone in dwelling which lacked all basic amenities including running water and electricity.
Dalton’s first taste of talent show success came in 2010 winning the Digicel Rising Stars talent show, taking home $1,000,000 Jamaican Dollars.
Dalton’s success in the talent show also saw him being approached by veteran music producer and mentor Donovan Germain. Donovan is most known for his success working with Buju Banton, but has also worked alongside artists such as Mad Cobra, Morgan Heritage, Wayne Wonder and Beres Hammond. Alongside helping Dalton to form his career in Jamaica, Donovan also ensured that Dalton returned to school, with Dalton continuing his studies at Kingston College.
After his Rising Stars win, Dalton did not waste any time before releasing new music, quickly releasing three albums in Jamaica. With his biggest song coming in 2014 with ‘Pauper’ which went on to top the dancehall charts in Jamaica.
As well as hitting the top of the Jamaican charts Dalton has also appeared at some of the biggest events in Jamaica, including 2015’s Rebel Salute.
Dalton decided in 2013 to take a different route towards success and decided to emigrate from Jamaica, with Dalton looking at the move as a way to increase his international success with Dalton deciding to move to the US.
Following his move to the US, Dalton continued to work on his music continuing to release tracks of popular reggae riddims in Jamaica and his own singles. Including tracks like ‘I’m Numb’, ‘Watch Over Me’ and ‘Wonderful Sound’ in 2015.
Dalton continued releasing new music in 2016 with ‘Whisper In The Wind’, ‘Unfaithful Chronicles’ and ‘Dem Kinda Women’
Dalton released ‘Perilous Time’ in 2017. Dalton continued releasing new music in 2018 before his success on the X Factor, releasing the joint album ‘Unintentional Astronaut’ with Mike Needler.
The rest, as they say, is history with Dalton Harris entering the 15th series of the X-Factor. Auditioning with the classic Elton John track ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’, receiving four yeses from the judges. Following further rounds of auditions, Dalton was selected to compete in the ‘Boys’ category coached by Louis Tomlinson.
Dalton’s success on the show saw the X Factor’s popularity massively increasing in Jamaica with Television Jamaica decided to buy the rights to broadcast the show in Jamaica.
Dalton was a front runner throughout the series with his experience being invaluable throughout the series and he is definitely a deserving winner. Dalton’s story is incredible, with Dalton coming from such humble beginnings to win one of the biggest talent shows in the world, securing a huge record deal, we are incredibly excited to see what Dalton will do in the future, as he continues to champion Jamaican music and show the world the incredible talent coming out of Jamaica.