Jai McDowall was born 24 July 1986 in Tarbolton, Ayrshire. He spent 2 years studying Music and Audio Technology (NC & HNC) at the Music and Sound Production Dept at Ayr College in Scotland and then went on to work as a support worker looking after young people with disabilities.
Jai then rose to fame when he won the fifth series of Britain’s Got Talent in June 2011.
He first auditioned in Liverpool singing “Anthem” from Chess, receiving positive comments from the judges, Michael McIntyre, Amanda Holden and David Hasselhoff.
He received three yeses and was put through to the next round, and through to the live semi-finals!
Jai performed for a second time now with Simon Cowell on the judging panel for the semi-final on 2 June 2011, singing “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence. He once again received positive comments from the judges. Jai received the highest number of votes on the night and was put through to the final.
In the final, Jai performed “To Where You Are” by Josh Groban. This song was chosen as Josh was one of Jai’s idol’s.
He once again received positive comments from all four judges and was announced as the WINNER and received a fantastic cash prize of £100,000 as well as being invited to perform at the 2011 Royal Variety Performance.
Before Britain’s Got Talent, he appeared as a contestant on The X Factor and The American Idol Experience where he auditioned whilst on holiday in the USA in 2009, and won. He was also a member of the Ayr Amateur Opera Company and Loudoun Musical Society and played roles such as Frank in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Motel in Fiddler on the Roof.
After winning Britain’s Got Talent, McDowall performed on the Britain’s Got Talent Tour, starting in Newcastle and moving through Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow before heading south through England and appearing in the major venues in most major cities. He performed at the 2011 Glasgow Show on Glasgow Green in front of 20,000 people, headlining the Sunday show along with Retake That, who were a TAKE THAT tribute act, and other guests in August 2011.
McDowall was signed to Syco Music, a subdivision of record label giant, Sony Music. His debut album Believe was released on 12th December 2011. The lead single “With or Without You” was released the same day. During his work in the studio he was quoted as saying “Being in the studio was everything I hoped it would be and I loved the whole creative process. I like the style of singing I did on Britain’s Got Talent – a kind of mix of musical and pop – so we’re working along those lines.”
Jai had a pleasant surprise at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall when he was invited by Josh Groban to jointly perform “To Where You Are” in front of a packed house. The crowd were treated to this impromptu performance which was warmly received by both artists fans.
He has since performed on the LIVE final of China’s Got Talent and performed for Royalty at the Queens Jubilee and has headlined his own Scottish tour as well as dates across the UK.
Jai’s ultimate aim is to perform all over the world for years to come! Lets make that happen by spreading the word of his wonderful voice to all who will listen!