Ian joins star’s tour

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - NEWS -

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

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