Pop singer/songwriter Olly Murs visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., on June 20 to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview during which he discussed his experience on "The X Factor," singing versus songwriting and advice for aspiring artists, among other topics. Following the interview, Murs performed an intimate set featuring songs from his debut album, In Case You Didn't Know, including "Oh My Goodness" and "Dance With Me Tonight."
"I think I grew on the show as an artist and found out that I loved music so much [and] I sort of kicked myself [for] never [doing] this when I was younger," said Murs. "[But] I always think things happen for a reason. … [I realized] this is the job I've always wanted to do."
Born in Essex, England, Murs showed little interest in music while in school and instead took to soccer, subsequently playing on the semiprofessional Witham Town Football Club. In 2009 Murs left his job at a call center to audition for "The X Factor." Murs finished the competition in second place and in 2010 signed with Sony Music Entertainment UK. In 2010 he released his self-titled debut album featuring 12 tracks, 10 of which were co-written by Murs. Murs' debut album, In Case You Didn't Know, is set for its U.S. release on Sept. 25. The album features the recently released single "Heart Skips A Beat" featuring Chiddy Bang.