Harry Edward Styles is an English singer, songwriter, and actor. He is also a member of the band One Direction. The year 2010 marked the beginning of his career as a solo artist when he participated in the British music competition series The X Factor. After being eliminated from the competition, he was recruited to perform with the boy band One Direction, which went on to become one of the most successful boy bands of all time before going on an indefinite break in 2016.
In 2017, Styles made his debut as a solo artist with the album titled simply Styles, which was released by Columbia Records. It made its debut at number one in both the United Kingdom and the United States and was one of the world’s top ten best-selling albums of the year. Additionally, the album’s lead single, “Sign of the Times,” topped the chart for most downloads in the United Kingdom.
He rose to prominence as a member of the boy band One Direction. Styles signed with Columbia Records as a solo artist in 2016. His self-titled debut album was released in 2017 and topped the charts in several countries. He has also appeared in the films Dunkirk and The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.
Early life and background
Harry Edward Styles was born on February 1, 1994, in Redditch, Worcestershire, to Anne Cox (née Selley) and Desmond “Des” Styles. His parents divorced when he was seven and his mother later remarried Robin Twist, who died in 2017. He has an older stepbrother named Mike and a stepsister named Amy. Through his father’s side of the family, he is a cousin of television producer Matt Greenhalgh.
Styles grew up in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. As a child, he wanted to be a drummer for the band Blur. When he was eight years old, he auditioned for the role of Harry Potter after seeing an advertisement in The Daily Telegraph. However, he was rejected for being too tall.
After attending Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School from September 2002 with guitarist Hayden Williams (later in 1975), Styles moved to London as a teenager to pursue his musical ambitions. During this time, he also worked part-time jobs including at a bakery and as a swimming lifeguard.
Inspiration and music
Since he was young, Harry Edward Styles has loved singing and music. He cites the Beatles as one of his biggest influences and loves all genres of music. As a solo artist, he has released two albums, both of which have peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Styles has also appeared as an actor in films such as Dunkirk and Christopher Nolan’s war film Dunkirk.
The music of Styles has been variously categorized as soft rock, pop, and rock, and it also contains folk and Britpop influences. The musical style on his first solo album was referred to as a “mish- mash of Los Angeles’ style classic rock and ballads” by NME, as evoking an “intimately emotional Seventies soft-rock vibe” by Rolling Stone, and as “synthesis[ing] influences from the last half- century of rock” by Time magazine.
His debut solo album was released in 2011. The music that he listened to as he was growing up, such as Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, and Fleetwood Mac, as well as the songwriting of Harry Nilsson, all had an impact on it. Styles lauded Nilsson’s lyrical abilities, stating that they are “honest, and so good, and I think it’s because he’s never trying to sound clever.” [Citation needed] The critics at NME felt that his second solo album, Fine Line, took “this nostalgic vibe” from his debut effort and paired it with “soaring pop sensibilities.”
Styles said “In my opinion, it is really necessary for music to progress, and this principle applies to other aspects of the industry as well, such as clothing, videos, and other things. Because of their lack of inhibition, David Bowie and his alter ego Ziggy Stardust, as well as The Beatles and the various phases of their career, are great sources of inspiration.” During the time that he was working on Fine Line, he claimed that he kept an old video clip of David Bowie playing on his phone as a source of motivation.
He has also mentioned Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, and Paul McCartney (including his side project Wings) as influences, while identifying Shania Twain as his primary inspiration both musically and in terms of fashion. He has identified all of these individuals as influences in the past. The Northern Irish Musician Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is his favorite album, and he has described it as being “absolutely flawless.” He also believes in the album At Last! by Etta James to be “wonderful.”
His favorite album is “Perfect.” As a child, he recalled that he “couldn’t really comprehend it, but I just remember being like—this is pretty fucking great.” The album in question was Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, which was released in 1973. Styles was motivated to get in touch with the album’s dulcimer instrumentalist, with whom he collaborated on Fine Line, after listening to Joni Mitchell’s Blue, which was released in 1971.
Formed in 2010, One Direction rose to fame after finishing third in the seventh series of The X Factor. The group’s debut album Up All Night was released in 2011 and topped the charts in sixteen countries. Their second album, Take Me Home, was released in 2012 and debuted at number one in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The band’s third album Midnight Memories was released in 2013 and became the best-selling album of the year globally.
One Direction’s fourth album, Four, was released in 2014 and marked a change in direction for the group. The album peaked at number one in the UK and US, making it their second consecutive number one album in both countries. In 2015, One Direction released their fifth album Made in the A.M., which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and became the sixth consecutive number one album for the group in Britain.
Harry’s acting career began in 2010 when he appeared in the British drama film “Nowhere Boy”, which is based on the early life of The Beatles singer John Lennon. He has since appeared in several films, including “Dunkirk” (2017), “The Girl on the Train” (2016), and “My Week with Marilyn” (2011). In 2017, Styles made his acting debut as a supporting role in Christopher Nolan’s war film Dunkirk.
Styles has said that he enjoys acting and it is something he would like to pursue more in the future. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he stated: “I’ve always enjoyed watching movies and I’ve always enjoyed being creative… It feels like something I would like to do more of.”
Harry Styles began his music career as a member of the boy band One Direction. The band released five albums, all of which topped the charts in multiple countries. They also embarked on four world tours, grossing over $1 billion dollars in total. In 2016, Styles released his debut solo album, which debuted at number one in multiple countries and was certified platinum in the United States.
He has since released two more albums, both of which have been highly successful. Styles is currently on tour in support of his latest album.
On March 25, 2015, Zayn Malik announced his departure from One Direction citing that he wanted to live a “normal” life away from celebrity status. Malik’s departure led to changes in One Direction’s musical style; their sixth album, titled Made in the A.M., featured a more pop rock sound than their previous albums. Despite this change, made in the A.M. still debuted at number one on both the UK Albums Chart and Billboard 200 chart; it also became One Direction’s fourth consecutive studio album to sell over two million copies worldwide within its first week of release.
Fine Line (2019), the second studio album released by Styles, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart with the highest ever first-week sales by an English male artist. Additionally, in 2020, Rolling Stone ranked Fine Line as the most recent album to be included on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with its fourth single, “Watermelon Sugar.” Styles’ third studio album, Harry’s House (2022), received a great deal of critical acclaim and set a number of new records. The album featured the number-one single “As It Was.”
Volunteer and services
Harry Styles is also known for his philanthropic work.
One of the causes that Styles has been most vocal about is the importance of mental health awareness and support. In 2017, he spoke out about his own experience with anxiety and depression and encouraged fans to seek help if they were struggling. He has also donated to several charities that focus on mental health support, including The Trevor Project and Headspace.
In addition to mental health awareness, Styles has also supported several other causes throughout his career. He has worked with various charities that focus on helping children in need, such as BBC Children in Need and Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has also been involved in environmental causes, such as Greenpeace UK. Most recently, Styles has been supporting the Black Lives Matter movement through donations and public statements.
Styles’ philanthropy appears to be driven by a desire to make a positive impact in the world however he can. Whether it’s raising awareness for important causes or directly donating to those in need, Harry Styles is using his platform to make a difference.
Harry Styles has released two studio albums, one live album, and eleven singles. His debut album, Harry Styles, was released on May 12, 2017. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States and number two on the UK Albums Chart. It was preceded by the lead single “Sign of the Times”, which peaked at number one on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. The album’s second single, “Kiwi”, peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart.
Styles’ self-titled debut album was recorded in 2016 and early 2017 with Jeff Bhasker, Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson, and Kid Harpoon serving as producers. The album features styles’ personal favorite tracks including “Woman” an ode to his mother Anne Cox, “Sweet Creature”, a country-tinged ballad which he co-wrote with Ryan Tedder and Bhasker during a writing session in Nashville, Tennessee and “From the Dining Table”, a reflective piano ballad written by Styles during a hangover.
The production on Harry Styles is intentionally understated compared to contemporary pop records; Karlie Powell of Idolator wrote that its sonic palette is reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and 70s soft rock. Lyrically, the album address’s themes of heartbreak and relationships. Upon its release, Harry Styles received positive reviews from music critics; many praised its classic rock influences and noted it
Awards and nominations
Harry Styles has been nominated for numerous awards throughout his career, including five Brit Awards and four Grammy Awards. He has won two American Music Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, and an iHeartRadio Music Award. In 2020, Styles was named a member of the Order of the British Empire.
Harry Edward Styles is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and actor who has won the hearts of millions of fans around the world. His music is incredibly popular, and his acting skills are top- notch, making him a true triple threat in the entertainment industry. If you’re a fan of Harry Styles, be sure to check out his latest album or catch him on tour if you can — you won’t be disappointed!