The Wanted Band
The Wanted is a British-Irish music boy band consisting of members Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes.
The Wanted Band
In 2009 Jayne Collins held a mass auditions which saw more than 1,000 people attend, it took more than nine months. Just George, Parker and Sykes were involved at the start, and Kaneswaran and McGuiness joined later through the process. The group revealed in their autobiography that after they were informed of the line-up, seven more people were re-auditioned before they were signed to Maximum Artist Management and Geffen Records.
On 25th July 2010 they released their debut single, “All Time Low”. The song hit number one in the UK and spent 17 weeks in the UK top 40. Their second single “Heart Vacancy” was released on 17th October 2010.It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart.
The group’s eponymous debut album was released on 25 October 2010 which peaked at number fourin the UK and has since been certified Platinum in the UK.
In 2014 the band embarked on their first world tour, the Word of Mouth Tour. The tour included shows in the UK, Europe, the US and Canada. After the tour the band announced that they would take a hiatus and pursue solo endeavors. Following their hiatus, The Wanted guys have each been pursuing their own solo endeavors — all of which are either singing or acting gigs.
After The Wanted went on their hiatus, Max decided to take up a little stint in the acting world and appeared in six episodes of the hit U.S TV show Glee as a bully named Clint. Max also appeared on TV survival show Bear Grylls: Mission Survive and is still writing music too, so if you could give the other guys a call and stick out some new singles that would be great Max. Thanks!
Nathan has gone on to become a huge solo star. After supporting Little Mix on tour and working with Ariana Grande, Nathan released his debut album ‘Unfinished Business’ to huge acclaim. It spawned several hit singles, including ‘Twist’ and ‘Famous’ and he’s even performed at Capital’s Summertime Ball for seven years in a row (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 with The Wanted, 2014 as Jessie J’s guest, 2015 and 2016 as a solo performer).
The most notable success for Jay since The Wanted has come in the shape of his Strictly Come Dancing winners trophy. Jay won series 13 back in 2015 alongside his professional dance partner Aliona Vilani and was certainly a favourite with the voting public. After that triumph, Jay went on to starin the lead role of the West End production of classic Tom Hanks film Big in early 2017. We’re excited to see what’s next on the horizon for him.
Siva has continued to concentrate on music. He’s written some songs for numerous artists, including British Eurovision entrants Jack & Joe and has moved out to live in America.
Tom has landed himself a role in a musical since The Wanted went on hiatus. Tom is playing the lead role of Danny Zuko in Grease and is seemingly loving life. Tom also released a dance track called ‘Fireflies’ back in 2014, alongside Richard Rawson and appeared on TV shows Celebrity Masterchef and The Jump.
The Wanted Members – The Wanted Band Members
- Maximillian Alberto “Max” George (born on 6th September 1988)
- Siva Michael Kaneswaran (born on 16th November 1988)
- Thomas Anthony “Tom” Parker (born on 4th August 1988)
- James “Jay” or “JayBird” McGuiness (born on 24 July 1990)
- Nathan James Sykes (born on 18 April 1993)
The Wanted Albums – The Wanted Discography
- Word of Mouth – 2013
- Battleground – 2011
- The Wanted – 2010
Why Did The Wanted Break Up – What Happened to The Wanted
The Wanted didn’t see another top 40 hit on the Hot 100 after “Glad You Came,” and One Direction continued on a rapid path to the 21st century equivalent of Beatlemania. With their success starting to wane (at least stateside) and their competition soaring, The Wanted announced in January 2014 that following the conclusion of their Word of Mouth World Tour they would be going on hiatus.
The Wanted Songs
- Glad You Came
- Last To Know
- I’ll Be Your Strength
- I Want It All
- The Weekend
- Lie To Me
- Gold Forever
- Rock Your Body
- Turn It Off
- Where I Belong
- All Time Low
- Heart Vacancy
- Lose My Mind
- Replace Your Heart
- Hi & Low
- Let’s Get Ugly
- Say It On The Radio
- Personal Soldier
- Behind Bars
- A Good Day For Love To Die
- The Way I Feel
- Bring It Home
- Fight For This Love[from "All Time Low” single]
- Have Some Fun
- Mad Man
The Wanted Band Members Interview on What They’re Currently Up To, After Announcing Their Hiatus
The Wanted Max George
“The whole experience I had with The Wanted, traveling around the world, meeting all new people, fans, it was all such a high. So when it kind of ended, it took me maybe three, four months. I kind of felt a little bit lost, to be honest. I went from all this craziness and the stuff I couldn’t have even dreamed of had happened. Then all of a sudden, it was just not there anymore. These guys I’d grown so close to for so long, they were no longer around. It was kind of difficult, actually, for me — a panic just came on. I spent some time with my family and discussed what it was I wanted to do. Maybe four months later, I decided to move out to the U.S. and made a go of acting, have a break from music.
I moved to LA in the summer of 2014, and the day after I got there, I got on audition for Glee. I landed the role — it was supposed to be for one episode, and then I ended up doing the whole season 6, which was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. I got to work with Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele. While I was doing that, I got an offer to do music again.
I decided that it’d been a year since I’d done anything musically — I felt, I’ve done one acting stint, and I kind of fancy going back into music again. I felt music always has been my No. 1, music was always going to happen. It was either acting or singing, and that was it for me, really. I didn’t really think about anything else.
So, I started writing again. I signed a record deal. I’ve been working on my own music for nearly three years now. It’s kind of both. I think whenever I did stuff for The Wanted, whether I wrote or just performed, it always kind of felt very “me” anyway. I think there’s definitely something new there. But I’ve worked with so many amazing people, I’ve gone back to people I worked with during The Wanted. I’ve done a lot with Steve Mac and Ed Drewett, who did “Glad You Came.” I’ve worked a lot with Jason Derulo, who’s awesome, I’ve become a good friend of his over the last couple years.
I’m really excited. I’ve got no expectations, I just wanna see what happens. Put it out there, then if people like it, then all is good. And there’s some auditions on the way, of course, I’ve had to turn down a couple of movie roles just for timing purposes. We’re still finishing off, we’re just putting the finishing touches on a few things, but hopefully it should be [o[out]his summer.”
The Wanted Nathan Sykes
“I remember having a conversation with my mom [a[after the break began]I was in the kitchen, finished the call when we all agreed to go on a break. She came out to me and was like, ‘What do you want to do?’ I was like, ‘I want to make music.’ And she was like, ‘What’s stopping you?’ So thank you mom, for the great advice. [L[Laughs.]hat was the transition for me — The Wanted is on a break. I’m going to do what I enjoy doing, which is making music and seeing where it takes me. Especially for me, that took me on a path that I’ve never been happier.
I feel the Wanted was a mix of all five of our musical interests and our musical tastes. So when we were writing songs, I was personally, as a songwriter, I was writing for five voices — I wasn’t just writing for myself — and hoping that they could sing what I was writing. I’m making very different choices as a soloist. We were very much writing as a collection. I always say I was 20 percent of The Wanted, but 100 percent of myself.
I’m just writing album two at the moment. It’s a very exciting time for me. Unfinished Business was a statement of my intention sonically and where I wanted to go as an artist, what path I wanted to take as an artist, I think Unfinished Business very much did that. I’m still getting messages, people still discovering it and people who weren’t necessarily fans of The Wanted.
I’m very happy writing the second record. I go back and forth to LA, doing writing sessions, things like that, and I’ve been writing here in London. So it’s just getting everything together and I’m really solidifying the sounds and really just telling my story from the last year and a half. That’s very much me at the moment. I’m a bit of a recluse when I’m doing my writing. [L[Laughs.]o I’ve kind of tucked myself away as much as possible.
The sounds I’ve created for the second record, it’s a progression from the first record and I’m so, so excited about it. I think I’m looking at [r[releasing it]his year or early next year. There was a lot of brass [o[on Unfinished Business]so it’s kind of expanding on that, and also showing the dynamics across the album. Lyrically, it’s just very honest, which is what I always try to be. It’s as honest as I possibly can be.”
Jay McGuiness The Wanted
“I’m a thespian, darling! No seriously, I appeared on — and somehow won — Strictly Come Dancing in the U.K., and since then I’ve been singing and dancing and acting for a living. I had my first theater role playing Josh Baskin in the musical version of the Tom Hanks film, BIG, which was loads of fun. And I’ve done a couple of song and dance shows recently. I’ve got a couple of projects that we are working on now for next year, so keeping nice and busy.
I was at a performing arts college when I auditioned for the band, so I always had a song and dance career in my mind somewhere. Didn’t get much opportunity to dance in the band — well zero, actually. We were awful collectively, so it’s nice to have picked that up again.”
Tom Parker The Wanted
“I took a little second after we took a hiatus to figure out what was important to me. Traveling away was such a big part of the band, so I’ve mainly been concentrating on doing things that suit being closer to home. I’ve done a few TV appearances and undertook my first U.K. theater role last year, playing Danny Zuko in Grease, which was a lot of fun.
I genuinely had no idea I would have taken a theater role seven years ago. It was totally not on my radar, but I think that’s the beauty of this industry. It presents you with opportunities that push you out of your comfort zone.”
Siva Kaneswaran The Wanted
“There are two things Im focusing on which the fans know, because they know everything [L[Laughs]My two loves — music and acting.
I am currently working hard in the studio. I have been songwriting for other artists, and now living in Los Angeles has opened the door for me to creating music for the movies. Studying the art of acting has allowed me to express myself in a different way and use my influence for more good. I was recently cast in a movie titled Where We Go From Here, which addresses important issues regarding gun violence — which I am very proud to bring awareness to. Later this year, I will also be filming a movie which is top secret for now, but i can not wait to share with you all!
I’ve always loved entertaining people and being in the band allowed me to do this. I felt so lucky to have been able to creatively express myself while making fans feel good.”
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