X Factor semi-finalists Union J are on the verge of signing a record deal with Sony, the world’s second-largest record label.
Paul Hamblett, father of band member and former Newmarket Flat jockey Jamie Hamblett, spoke to the Journal to confirm that the band was in talks with Sony and very close to making a deal.
“They are crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s at the moment,” said Paul, who teamed up with the Journal throughout The X Factor to put up Union J posters in and around Newmarket.
“They have some shows coming up, but hopefully they are going to sign in the next few days. It is going to be big.
“It’s nice to know they aren’t left high and dry, which a lot of groups often are. They are making their way.”
Union J will have performed 14 gigs across England and Scotland by the end of this month, before setting off on The X Factor tour in January and February next year.
Speaking to the Journal earlier this month about his hopes for a successful music career, Jamie said: “We’re so excited to see what’s going to happen. We want to get signed, we want to make an album and get touring Britain so we can build our fan base.”
Before The X Factor, the 24 year old had worked for Newmarket trainers since the age of 16.
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