Olly Murs on fame: 'I wish I'd done this earlier'
British singer-songwriter Olly Murs has opened up about his incredible post-X Factor career and what he would change if he had the opportunity to go back and do things differently.
In an interview with GRAMMY.com, the 'Dance With Me Tonight' heartthrob explained that he couldn't be more grateful for how his life has turned out, but would have preferred to get into the industry as a youngster:
"I wish that I was able to have done this a lot earlier. I don't have any regrets, but if there was one thing I would love to have done it was to have got into it at a young age. It felt - when I was growing up - that sport was the only thing you should do. If you did music you were really different or weird."
When asked what encouraged him to pursue music as a profession, Murs admitted that a particularly uninspiring period in his life was all it took to spur on his desire to sing full-time:
"Well, life was going nowhere. I worked in a call centre and had just come back from travelling, I kind of didn't have anything socially that I was doing at the time so soccer was the only thing I had. That failed because of my leg - a knee injury. Karaoke and singing were the way forward! I just decided that my life needed a bit of a change."
He went on to reveal that auditioning for The X Factor came at the right time and it turned his life around. Watch him perform an acoustic version of 'Heart Skips A Beat' with One Direction's Niall Horan here:
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