Biography: Union J
Union J are Jamie Hamblett (JJ) 24, George Shelley 19, Josh Cuthbert 20, Jaymi Hensley 22. From: JJ - Newmarket, George – Bristol, Josh – Ascot, Jaymi - Luton. Category: Groups. Mentor: Louis.
Union J say: “We’re four normal down to earth guys who love to sing.”
Jaymi, Josh and JJ auditioned for The X Factor as a three piece called Triple J and got through to Bootcamp. After Rough Copy left the show Louis asked them to come back to the competition for Judges Houses and he added 19 year-old George Shelley to the group. They then became Union J.
Jaymi is a part time singing and dancing teacher, Josh works in IT Sales, JJ works with horses and George works part-time in a coffee shop. JJ was a jockey from the age of 15 - following in his dad and brother’s footsteps and Josh starred in the West End musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when he was 14. His nan Jean spent over £800 on tickets to see him in the show – she went every week! George plays the guitar – he taught himself to play with help from his granddad when he got his first guitar at the age of 13.
Triple J were together for eight months before they auditioned for the show and they got on really well with George at Bootcamp so they are pleased he has joined the group: “We’re so happy to be a four piece. The group feels so right together, it feels like we’ve been together for years!”
Union J's fun facts!
Tell us something about Union J that people may be surprised to know...
JJ used to be a jockey in horse racing; he rode over 260 race rides and had 24 wins.
If you could meet anyone in the world who would it be?
Justin Bieber or One Direction. Both of these acts are young and have stormed the charts, they are great worldwide artists.