- Ben Mills
Infobox musical artist
Name = Ben Mills
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Benjamin Collett Mills
Origin = Chatham,
Instrument = Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboard
Genre = Rock
Years_active = 2007–present
Leona Lewis, Raymond Quinn
Benjamin Collett Mills (born
1 March 1980Fact|date=February 2008 in Chatham, Kent, England) is a British singer who shot to fame on the third series of "The X Factor", where he finished in third place. He signed a five-album record deal with Sony BMG. [cite news |title=Five-album deal for X Factor star |url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6294003.stm|publisher= bbc.co.uk|date= 24 January 2007|accessdate=2007-01-24 ] His album, " Picture of You", was released on 12 March 2007, the same date as the debut album from "The X Factor" runner up Raymond Quinn. [cite news |title=X Factor lads go head-to-head|url= http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,4-2007030604,00.html|publisher=The Sun |date= 23 January 2007|accessdate=2007-01-24 ] His debut single was advertised as "Beside You" and set to be released on 5th March 2007. However, the single was pulled by the record company at the last minute. The reason given was to concentrate on album sales.
Mills was a co-director of a marquee hire company, in his home town of
Whitstablebefore appearing on "The X Factor".
He gained a diploma in music from the Academy Of Contemporary Music in
Guildford, Surreyand has been singing since he was a child. He also plays piano and guitar. He was also a keyboard player in the tribute band to The Doorscalled The L.A. Doors. He also did the pub and club circuit with his own band called Benzego.
Mills' audition for "The X Factor" was "
Bring It On Home To Me" by Sam Cooke, which impressed the panel of judges; Simon Cowellthought he sounded like a young Joe Cocker, who, incidentally, Ben names as one of his musical influences along with Tom Waits, Rod Stewartand David Bowie. During his time on "The X Factor" he was mentored by Sharon Osbourne.
24 August 2007, Mills was a celebrity guest in an episode of the live television programme "Doctor, Doctor" broadcast on channel Five, in which he talked about his personal life and former drug-related problems with the presenter and general practitioner, Mark Porter. On live television Mills explained that he first took cocainewhen he went on tour with a band, and from that moment he wanted to take more cocaine. He reported that the tour lasted for 4 years, that he became a heavy cocaine user and his social networkbecame drug orientated, and he reached a nadir; he was having to borrow money, his girlfriend left him, he was not turning up for gigs, and he had lost his confidence. He said that he realised that he had got to change his life after spending 3 or 4 days on a beachin December, so he telephoned a counsellor who helped him to rehabilitate, and after his recovery he successfully took part in "The X Factor".
Was engaged briefly to actress Siobhan Hewlett
* [http://www.benmillsofficial.co.uk Official website]
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