Jahmene Douglas has taken a risk with his new single, releasing a cover of Beyonce's iconic ballad 'Halo,' which features on his upcoming record 'Love Never Fails' which is expected this summer.
The shy singer, who lost out on the winner's title to James Arthur on the last series of The X Factor, is gearing up for the release of his debut album, a collection of songs from his favourite artists which he remixed with his own “jah-mazing” spin.
Jahmene Douglas will release his debut album 'Love Never Fails' on July 22 (Packshot)
Jahmene has treated fans to a preview from the album with his version of Beyonce's smash hit ballad 'Halo,' which was originally written by Beyonce herself, Ryan Tedder and Evan Bogart. Other covers featuring on the album include Coldplay's 'Fix You,' Jay-Z and Mr. Hudson's 'Forever Young,' Sia's 'Titanium' and Emeli Sande's 'Next To Me.'
The only collaboration on the album is with Jahmene's X Factor mentor Nicole Scherzinger on Whitney Houston's 'The Greatest Love Of All.' Speaking about his inspiration for the record, Jahmene said: “It would have to be Whitney Houston. Her interpretation was always incredible.
"She knew when to make it big. She knew when to make it small. I also love Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross.”
Jahmene also explained why he chose Nicole Scherzinger as the only feature for the LP, saying: "Nicole knew this would be one of my favourite songs, and when she sang it with me on the final it was like singing with my big sister. She’s so incredibly talented. This song and Nicole ooze class."
The singer was known as the shy contestant on The X Factor, but Jahmene says he uses singing as a means of therapy.
“I know I seem shy, but singing was my therapy, my outlet, my release. It was how I could be just me. First of all it would be singing to Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley," he says.
“Just singing at the top of my voice. It’s a way of zoning out and making you strong. The singing became my sanctuary when I was growing up.”
He added: “For a lot of the time I was home schooled. I would draw, and write poetry. I like whatever I could do to be creative but singing was my thing, it kept me calm.”
Listen to Jahmene's version of 'Halo' below...