By Liam Payne
Hey everyone! We had a fantastic time at the GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck in San Diego. This is our first time touring the United States and it's really great to to be involved with the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck program. As for all of us in the band, this is something we never expected.
It's been great on the road so far and we have been able to visit so many exciting places and it's so great to be able to bring our tour here and perform to thousands of people. I think my favorite part on tour so far was when we stopped in Toronto and performed for 16,000 people. It was a huge indoor/outdoor space that was backed by a big lawn. It was amazing to see so many people having fun, and hearing them sing along with our songs was fantastic experience!
Another great city was Las Vegas. It really fascinated me. It's just so surreal to see all the huge buildings out there in the desert. Unfortunately, we are too young to go out, but hopefully in a few years we will come back and really experience the city.
One piece of advice I would give to anyone who wants to sing and perform is just go with it. You never really know what could happen until you give it a shot. Before all of this I never expected to hear my voice on a song on the radio, let alone be touring America, so you really should just try. Also, don't take it all too seriously. The reason I wanted to be a singer was to enjoy what I call "work" and have fun all the time, so never stop enjoying music.
UK pop band One Direction recently participated in a GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck in San Diego. A GRAMMY Foundation GRAMMY in the Schools initiative, GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck programs provide high school and college students a glimpse into the realities of music careers by offering them the opportunity to experience a soundcheck rehearsal with a recording artist, followed by an interactive and candid question-and-answer session. Following the soundcheck, One Direction's Liam Payne collected his thoughts on the experience and the band's current U.S. tour.
Formed in 2010 after individually appearing on the UK's "The X Factor," One Direction features Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson. The group finished third on the show and were subsequently signed to Simon Cowell's Syco record label. The group released their first single, "What Makes You Beautiful," in 2011. Released in 2012, their first album, Up All Night, debuted atop the Billboard 200, making One Direction the first British band to have a debut album enter the chart at No. 1.