27 Facts About Sam Bailey


Samantha Florence Bailey was born on 29 June 1977 and is an English pop singer who won the tenth series of The X Factor in 2013.


Sam Bailey was the first X Factor winner in three years to gain the Christmas number one spot.


On 24 February 2014, Bailey supported Beyonce on one of the dates of her UK leg of The Mrs Carter Show World Tour, as well as performing on The X Factor Live Tour.


In support of the album, Sam Bailey went on her first headline tour in January and February 2015.


Sam Bailey was born in Bexley, London, to Ronnie and Jackie Sam Bailey.


Sam Bailey grew up in Sidcup, London, and attended Cleeve Park School and Bexley College.


In 1996, then 18-year-old Sam Bailey formed the ska duo Girls Next Door with her friend Julie Nunney and they recorded a song called "Too Late", which was produced by Right Said Fred bassist Clyde Ward.


In 2013, Sam Bailey auditioned for the tenth series of The X Factor in front of judges Gary Barlow Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh, singing Beyonce's "Listen" in her room audition.


Sam Bailey received a standing ovation from all four judges afterwards, with Barlow calling her voice "incredible".


Sam Bailey was given four "yeses" and progressed through to the arena auditions.


Sam Bailey sang "Who's Lovin' You" and "Run To You" at the arena, gaining another standing ovation from the audience and bringing Scherzinger to tears.


Sam Bailey was placed in the "over 25s" category at "bootcamp" and was mentored by Osbourne.


Sam Bailey successfully made it through to "judges' houses" and was later chosen by Osbourne for the live shows, along with Lorna Simpson and Shelley Smith.


Sam Bailey was reportedly due to support Beyonce at ten shows, but that figure was cut down to just one due to The X Factor Live Tour.


Sam Bailey's sole show with Beyonce was in Birmingham on 24 February 2014.


Sam Bailey performed a duet of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" with Michael Bolton.


In support of the album, Sam Bailey will go on her first headline tour in January and February 2015.


Sam Bailey announced on her social media that she had gone to the United States to record her upcoming album.


Sam Bailey is co-writer of most of the songs in this new album.


Sam Bailey took centre stage at De Montfort Hall as Queen of the Flower of Fairies in Jack and the Beanstalk at the 2016 Christmas pantomime, next to Jon Clegg.


Sam Bailey then joined the charitable music project "Stronger Together" to support of LGBTI people living in fear in Chechnya.


In 2020, amid the COVID-19 crisis Sam Bailey joined a supergroup of celebrities called The Celebs, the group included Frank Bruno, Kellie Shirley and Toby Anstis to raise money for both Alzheimer's Society and Action for Children.


In 2021 Sam Bailey penned a record deal with independent record label Saga Entertainment, she released her first single on the label on 6 August 2021, a cover of Alannah Myles hit single Black Velvet.


On 6 March 2014, Sam Bailey announced that she was 10 weeks pregnant with her third child.


In October 2014, Sam Bailey announced via Twitter she is suffering Bell's palsy following Miley's birth.


Sam Bailey is a fan of her local football club, Leicester City.


In June 2014, Sam Bailey announced that she had signed a deal to release her autobiography Daring to Dream.