Behind the Fame of Harry Styles, From ‘One Direction’ to a Solo Artist

English singer-songwriter Harry Edward Styles is a multitalented artist who embarked his solo career in 2016 and played in some movies. He became known to international audiences as one of the pop-rock band members, One Direction. Apart from One Direction, Harry Styles established himself as a great solo singer with successful singles and albums.

Born on February 1, 1994 in Worcestershire, England, Styles had an interest to music since he was young. He used to be a lead singer in a school band, White Eskimo while he attended the high school. The band was famous and won a band competition in 2009. During that time, Styles did a part time job at the W. Mandeville bakery to help economically at home. A 16-year-old Harry Styles decided to compete in a singing television show, The X Factor.

After some rounds, he was eliminated from the show. Unexpectedly, Nicole Scherzinger as the jury called him back and put him with Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson, Styles’s competitor to create a group as a contestant for the rest of the competition. They performed Kelly Clarkson’s and Bonny Tyler’s song and ended as the third winner.

In 2010, under One Direction—the group’s name that was suggested by Harry Styles—they signed a contract with the Sycro record label and made their debut. “Up All Night”, the One Direction’s first studio album successfully debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2011. The achievement remarked One Direction as the first British group that reached No. 1 for the first album. Styles and the band then went on tour and releasing chart-topper songs.

After the departed of Zayn Malik, the group has been on hiatus since 2016. Meanwhile, Harry Styles made a solo deal with Columbia Records and started preparing more rock vibe in his album. On April 2017, he released his first single “Sign of the Times” which soon topped the charts. It followed with a full-length album and peaked the charts in the US, Australia, and across Europe.

As if the successful solo debut was not enough, he took a role as a British soldier in an Oscar-winning movie Dunkirk. From 2017 until 2018, he went on a worldwide tour and then worked for his following album with the producers Tyler Johnson and Kid Harpoon. Styles released another album “Fine Line” in 2019 and reached at No. 1 Billboard 200.

Besides singing, Harry Styles also joined in Gucci’s campaign in 2018 and being an executive producer for CBS’ “Happy Together”. For his popular songs with incredible talent, Styles earned numerous nomination in the prestigious Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Music Video.