Jahmene Douglas: People think I'm shy, I call it humble

01/08/13

Jahmene Douglas

Jahmene Douglas, runner-up on last year's X Factor, says it was not "difficult to say no" when his record label first asked to him make a "cheesy" cover album of love songs.

"I laughed because I thought it was a joke. It was a no from the start."

He adds: "People think I'm quite shy but I call it humble. I just know when to speak and that was a moment to say no thanks, I'd rather walk away."

Instead he made an album of gospel covers, which is currently number one.

Love Never Fails has a number of recent hits including Titanium and Fix You, as well as a cover of The Greatest Love of All, on which Jahmene duets with his former X Factor mentor, Nicole Scherzinger.

Jahmene Douglas

"I can't make a gospel album of my own things because it will alienate people from that sound," he says.

He wants this first album to "ease" his fans into the genre instead.

"They don't know what gospel is that much over here and I don't want to be the one that's putting people off. With my next album I can be a bit more free with it."

People think I'm quite shy but I call it humble. I just know when to speak and that was a moment to say no thanks, I'd rather walk away
Jahmene Douglas

Although his debut has gone straight to the top of the chart, Jahmene has faced criticism for producing an album of cover versions.

"It's not a cheesy thing. It's me pouring my heart out into these songs.

"I almost broke down in the studio singing these songs because I've picked them myself because they meant something to me. I've tried to give that in the song.

"Everything's authentic on there rather than a cheesy karaoke cover, which hurts me when people say it."

X Factor finalists
Image caption Jahmene Douglas with Nicole Scherzinger and X Factor winner James Arthur

Although he's only just put his first album out, Jahmene says he is planning on releasing his follow up before the end of the year.

"I've already been to America and recorded five songs. I've written a lot of stuff.

"If it [the second album] goes to number one, I'll be very thankful but I just want people to hear that side of me.

"I want to get spiritual on a record. I think a lot of songs are missing that vibe of uplift."

There is just one other plan on his agenda.

"I haven't had a break since the beginning of The X Factor so I'm just waiting to have that holiday time."

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