Jai Waetford Biography
Jai Waetford is an Australian singer and actor born on 23th January 1999 in Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia to Alana Dow. He was a contestant on the fifth season of The X Factor Australia where he came third.
Jai Waetford was raised by his mother Alana Dow, after his father left them, and grandparents Hannah and Roger Dow. He studied at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School and left school in 2014 after completing
Jai Waetford Age
Jai was born on 25th January 1999 in Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia.
Jai Waetford Career
When Jai Waetford was young he taught himself how to play the guitar from watching videos on YouTube. In 2013 Jai auditioned the fifth season of The X Factor Australia, singing “Different Worlds” by Jes Hudak and an original song titled “Don’t Let Me Go”. He progressed to the super bootcamp stage of the competition. On the first day of super bootcamp, Waetford performed “Titanium” by David Guetta and advanced to the second stage of super bootcamp, where he sang “Last Request” by Paulo Nutini. On the final day of super bootcamp, Waetford performed “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift to the judges and a live audience of one thousand. He made it through to the home visits round and was put into the Under 24 Boys category, which was mentored by Ronan Keating. At the home visits, he sang Elvis Presley’s version of “Always on My Mind” and made it through to the live shows. Waetford went on to reach the grand final, finishing third behind Taylor Henderson who came second and Dami Im who won the show.
Jai Waetford was signed to Sony Music Australia and released his debut single ‘ Your Eyes’ which peaked at number six on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association.
On 6th December 2013 Jai released his self-titled debut EP, which peaked at number 21 on the ARIA Albums Chart. On 28th March 2014 he released his second Ep, ‘Get To Know You’.Its title track was
released as a single and peaked at number 32 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
In February 2016 he released his single ‘Living Not Dreaming’ followed by the EP Heart Miles which was released 3 June 2016. Music videos have been recorded for both ‘Living Not Dreaming’ and ‘Heart Miles’ as well as a promotional video called Heart Miles EP which shows Jai discussing a long-distance relationship featuring snippets of each of the new songs from his EP.
Jai Waetford Neighbours
Jai Waetford was cast in the soap opera ‘Neighbours’ as Angus Beaumont-Hannay, a troublesome teen. In November 2016 he left the soap opera after narrowly escaping an assault charge. His character landed an artist development deal in Sydney.The unexpected offer gave Angus the chance to pursue his ambitions of becoming a singer, but it’s fair to say that he was pretty lucky to get his happy ending.
Jai Waetford Family
Jai Waetford is the son of Alana Dow and Creedy Waetford but was raised by a single mother but maintained a solid relationship with his father, who first encouraged his interest in music.
Jai Waetford Girlfriend
Since 2015 Jai Waetford has been dating a Carrington Durham, an American actress.
Jail Waetford Albums
- Shy – Ep
- Heart Miles
- Jai Waetford
- Get To Know You
Jai Waetford Songs
- Don’t Let Me Go
- Fix You
- Get To Know You
- Heart Miles
- Living Not Dreaming
- Shy [2016 Mix]
- The Nights We Won’t Remember
- The Only Exception
- The Worst Goodbye
- When a Child is Born
- Your Eyes
Interviewer: Tell us about “Heart Miles.”
Jai Waetford: It is about being in a long-distance relationship, about someone not always with you … Sound-wise, it’s more moody and emotional than my previous releases. I spent the last 12 months writing songs and finding my sound. And I feel like my music has evolved.
Interviewer: You write most of your material. How important is that for you?
Jai Waetford: It makes me proud to say that what I’m offering is 100 percent me—not songs simply created for me. They’re coming from a place that is real, from real emotions and situations … It means a lot to perform your own songs onstage—and it shows.
Interviewer: What have you learned during your stay in “X Factor”?
Jai Waetford: I had a taste of what it’s like to be in the industry, and what it is like to be criticized.
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Interviewer: Speaking of criticism, how do you deal with it?
Jai Waetford: Sometimes, it is hard to see things the way other people do, but you have to be open to comments, especially constructive ones. You can learn from them and use them to get better.
Interviewer: Starting in the industry at such a young age, did you feel that you needed to mature faster than your peers?
Jai Waetford: Yes, because most of the people you deal with are a lot older and already know what they’re doing; you have to try to be on their level. And it is hard, because at the end of the day, you just want to be 17!
Interviewer: I am sure you get compared a lot to Justin Bieber.
Jai Waetford: Justin is awesome. I do not mind being compared to one of the world’s biggest pop stars today. He had a bit of a rough patch, but he is killing it now. In the end, the music will always speak louder.
Interviewer: How do you keep yourself levelheaded?
Jai Waetford: The fact that I am being given a chance to do something I love is humbling. Had things gone differently, I would probably just be at home, going to school and having a normal life.