Ian joins star’s tour
A STOCKTON performer will support an X Factor winner on her upcoming tour.
Ian James, from Stockton, was shocked to receive a tweet from 2013 X Factor winner Sam Bailey, inviting him to sing with her.
He said: “She saw a video of me and tweeted me, saying she’d love me to support her on tour.
“For 11 years, I’ve been a self-employed singer. She was looking for support acts and she wanted normal people, because she used to do the social clubs herself.
“I sent her a promo video and she tweeted me straight back.”
Ian, 31, currently performs at social clubs in Teesside with his band, FAiTH, as well as holiday parks and hotels around the UK.
He will support Sam on the Scunthorpe date of her tour on March 16.
He said: “I really appreciate this opportunity she has given to me.
“She’s such a genuine artist who tells of her compassion for acts like myself who perform social clubs in this modern day.
“She knows how hard it can be. I love that about her.”
Sam, a former prison officer, reached number one with her debut single, The Power of Love.
Her upcoming “Sing My Heart Out” tour is to promote her self-funded album of the same name.
Ian James will be joining Sam Bailey, inset, on tour