Matt Cardle

Matt Cardle
Matt Cardle

Cardle performing on 16 December 2010
Background information
Birth name Matthew Sheridan Cardle
Born 15 April 1983 (1983-04-15) (age 28)
Southampton, England
Origin Halstead, Essex, England
Genres Pop rock, alternative rock, pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2005–present
Labels Syco Music (2010-present)
Sony Music (2010-present)
Columbia (2011-present)
Associated acts Seven Summers, Darwyn, The X Factor finalists 2010

Matthew Sheridan "Matt" Cardle (born 15 April 1983)[1] is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist who rose to fame after winning the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. He received a £1 million recording contract with Syco Music by winning, and his debut number one single "When We Collide" was released immediately after he won.[2] It sold 439,000 copies in its first week to become the UK Christmas number one.


Early life

Cardle was born in Southampton, Hampshire, to David and Jennifer Cardle[1] (née Horner)[3] on 15 April 1983.[1] He has an older brother - Dominic,[1] and four foster[clarification needed] brothers; Julian, Ben, Rob and Tom.[4] When he was two, he was diagnosed with Wilms' tumour; he recovered after having one of his kidneys removed.[5] His family lived in Bristol where he went to nursery school, and at the age of about five, they moved to Essex.[1] He attended the independent Stoke College in Suffolk,[6] then the Sixth Form College in Colchester. Cardle has had jobs as a bricklayer, postman, milkman and most recently, painter and decorator. In 2005 he was a member of the alternative rock / pop band Darwyn and recorded an 11 track album When You Wake and the follow-up EP Little Sunlight in 2006,[7][8][9] and latterly played acoustic covers with band mate Ali McMillan in venues around Essex and Suffolk.[10] In 2009, he became the frontman and guitarist of a rock band called Seven Summers.[11] They released a self-titled album Seven Summers on 22 January 2010 and performed live on Sue Marchant's BBC radio program on 8 December 2009.[12]

Solo music career

2010: The X Factor and debut single

In 2010, Cardle auditioned for the seventh series of The X Factor, singing Amy Winehouse's "You Know I'm No Good".[13] He was mentored by Dannii Minogue and was announced the winner on 12 December 2010, receiving 44.61% of the vote. Cardle was Minogue's last remaining act by week 8, following the elimination of Paije Richardson.[14][15] As the winner, Cardle received a £1 million recording contract with Syco Music. Cardle received the most votes every week from week 2, being beaten only by Mary Byrne in week 1.[16]

Performances on The X Factor

Below is a list of Cardle's performances on The X Factor:

Week Song choice Theme Result
Audition "You Know I'm No Good" Free choice (no theme) Through to bootcamp
Bootcamp "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" Free choice (no theme) Through to judges houses
Judges' houses "If I Were a Boy" Free choice (no theme) Through to live shows
Week 1 "When Love Takes Over" Number-ones Safe
Week 2 "Just the Way You Are" Musical heroes Safe
Week 3 "...Baby One More Time" Guilty pleasures Safe
Week 4 "Bleeding Love" Halloween Safe
Week 5 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" American anthems Safe
Week 6 "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Songs by Elton John Safe
Week 7 "Come Together" Songs by The Beatles Safe
Week 8 "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Rock Safe
"Nights in White Satin"
Week 9 (semi-final) "You Got the Love" Club classics Safe
"She's Always a Woman" "Get me to the final songs"
Week 10 (final) "Here with Me" Free choice (no theme) Safe
"Unfaithful" (performed with Rihanna) Celebrity duet
"Firework" Free choice (no theme) Safe
"When We Collide" Winner's song Winner

The week after the The X Factor final, Cardle's winner's song "When We Collide" went to #1 on the UK Singles Chart to become the Christmas number 1 and remained there for three consecutive weeks,[17] becoming the second biggest selling single of 2010 with 815,000 copies.[18] The song also entered the Irish Singles Chart at number 1 on 17 December 2010, where it spent four consecutive weeks at the peak.[citation needed] The song was nominated in the Best British Single category at the 2011 BRIT Awards.[19]

2011-present: Letters

On 15 March 2011, it was reported that Cardle has signed a record deal with Syco Music in a joint venture with Columbia Records, becoming the first The X Factor winner not to be exclusively signed to Simon Cowell's label.[20] It was also announced that Cardle has signed with Will Talbot of Modest! Management [21]

On 18 August 2011, Cardle revealed that his debut album, Letters, would be released in the UK on October 17 along with five of the tracks to be included on the album. Whilst working on the album Cardle collaborated with various writers including Eg White.[22]

The first single "Run For Your Life" had its first radio play on September 5th 2011, ahead of its release on 9th October. Upon release and an X Factor return performance, "Run For Your Life" debuted at number 6 on the UK Top 40 Chart the week ending 16th October. In its second week the song fell 17 places to number 23. The same week, his debut album, Letters, charted at number 2 on the UK Album's chart.[23]



Album Title Album details Peak chart positions
Letters 2 2


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2010 "When We Collide" 1 1 1 Letters
2011 "Run for Your Life"[27] 6 12 6
"Starlight"[28] - - -

As featured artist

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2010 "Heroes" (as part of The X Factor finalists) 1 1 1 Non-album single

Further reading

  • Cardle, Matt (2010). Matt Cardle: My Story. Harper. ISBN 978-0007426706. [30]


  1. ^ a b c d e Cardle, Matt (2010). Matt Cardle: My Story. Harper. ISBN 978-0007426706. 
  2. ^ "X Factor winner Matt Cardle hailed by his Essex family". BBC News. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Births England and Wales 1837-2006[verification needed]
  4. ^,people,entertainment,x-factors-matt-i-didnt-lie-about-my-four-brothers
  5. ^ Natalie Hoodless and Alistair Nelson (23 October 2010). "Singer beats cancer to realise his dream". East Anglian Daily Times. 
  6. ^ Matt Cardle (15 Dec 2010). "Matt Cardle... in his own words". The Sun. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Andrea Magrath (18 November 2010). "Matt Cardle's pop past: X Factor favourite struggled to find fame with two bands before hitting the big time". The Daily Mail. 
  9. ^ Darwyn MySpace website
  10. ^ Nina Morgan (8 October 2010). "I'd love to gig with X Factor favourite Matt Cardle again". Daily Gazette. 
  11. ^ "X Factor's Matt Cardle's ex band Seven Summers climb charts". 14 October 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  12. ^ Interview and performance by Seven Summers on Sue Merchant radio show on 8 December 2009
  13. ^ "X Factor favourite taking show in his stride". Halstead Gazette. 1 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "X Factor: Matt Cardle won most votes every week". The Telegraph. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  15. ^ "'I wanted to kiss Rihanna': Matt Cardle admits to 'snog fantasy' with Only Girl In The World star on X Factor final". Daily Mail. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  16. ^ Horsley, Jon (13 Dec 2010). "X Factor voting results revealed". Yahoo! Entertainment. Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  17. ^ "Rihanna crowned queen of the charts". Belfast Telegraph. Independent News and Media (Northern Ireland). 2011-01-09. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  18. ^ "Cardle at No 1 again - Eminem/Rihanna & Take That scoop 2010 crowns". The Official UK Charts Company. 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  19. ^ "Essex: Matt Cardle and Olly Murs in Brit Award battle". East Anglian Daily Times. Archant Regional. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  20. ^ "Si Cardles up to Columbia". The Sun. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
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  24. ^ "UK Charts >". Official Charts Company. 
  25. ^ "Irish Charts >". Hung Medien. 
  26. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  27. ^ "debut single 'Run For Your Life' written by Gary Barlow". Digital Spy. 
  28. ^
  29. ^ Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  30. ^ Roche, Elisa (14 December 2010). "Now X factor's Matt Cardle will top book charts". The Daily Express. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 

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Preceded by
Joe McElderry
Winner of The X Factor
Succeeded by

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