Steve Brookstein

Steve Brookstein was the first winner of the X Factor in 2004.

UK Top 40 Singles
UK Top 40 Albums

 

Steve Brookstein is an English singer who was born in London on 10 November 1968. In 1997, he was a finalist on The big big talent show, but his big break came seven years later when he appeared in the first series of the X factor. Brookstein progressed through every week of the live shows with the highest number of viewers’ votes and beat G4 into second place in the final after receiving six million votes.

His first single, a cover version of Phil Collins’ Against all odds, entered the top 40 at number 2 behind Do they know it’s Christmas? by Band Aid 20, but rose to number 1 a week later. A gold-selling album, Heart and soul, followed in 2005 and also spent one week at number 1. However, this was Brookstein’s only chart success as he was dropped by his record label after only eight months.

He later signed with two other record labels and released new material. Albums in 2006, 40,000 things, and 2014, Forgotten man, failed to enter the top 100 as did two further singles. In 2008, he also appeared in the stage musical Our house.

As well as his own singing career, Brookstein was involved in the writing and production of his wife Eileen Hunter’s album in 2010 and has recently written a book, Getting over the X, in which he describes his musical career from the X factor onwards. He has been critical of the X factor since he was dropped from his first record label describing it as “theatre” and stating that it was “killing music”.


 

UK Top 40 Singles


 

UK Top 40 Albums

  • Heart & soul

 

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