JLS

JLS is a four member boy band featuring Marvin Humes, Jonathan Gill, Oritse Williams and Aston Merrygold

Marvin Humes
AGE: 23
OCCUPATION: PROPERTY SALES
LOCATION: SOUTH-EAST LONDON

Marvin was born in South-East London and started singing at the age of five. He attended a professional performance school 3 times a week as well as attending a regular school for his education. After finishing school, a chance meeting with Simon Webb gave Marvin the opportunity to hand over one of his demo tapes. Weeks later Marvin audition for Simon and was asked if he wanted to join VS (a group Simon Webb was putting together). After six months of rehearsing and recording, VS were signed to Innocent Records and they went to support Blue on two national tours. Their first release went to number 7, the second went to number 11 and their third release went to 23. Unfortunately VS lost their deal and Marvin contemplated leaving the music industry and started selling property and land abroad. Marvin looks back on this time as a massive reality check, “I had to swallow my pride” Marvin understands that the pain he felt back then is something that has made him stronger. He’s always looking to move forward and was ecstatic to receive a call from Oritse inviting him to start up JLS.

Jonathan Gill (JB)
AGE: 21
OCCUPATION: STUDENT
LOCATION: CROYDEN

JB grew up in Croydon and fell in love with music at the age of seven when he played the recorder, piano, flute and guitar. At the age of nine, he joined the choir and went onto perform at the local church. Singing was a past-time and JB concentrated his music and began studying at The Centre for Young Musicians (CYB). After leaving the CYM, JB stayed involved with the school music scene. He play Mercado in the play Mercado and was involved with the choir at school. He continued this until he was 15 but had to give it up due to the pressures from the school to concentrate on his promising Rugby career. At the age of 17, JB decided that he wanted to sing more and took up vocal coaching during a year out before attending university. During this period, JB was contacted by Oritse to try out for the band.

Oritse Williams
AGE: 21
OCCUPATION: WORKS WITH DISABLED CHILDREN
LOCATION: FULHAM

Oritse has been singing since he was at school and at 15 yrs old, he would even perform on his school bus! Oritse studied for his A’ Levels in Nigeria with his father and would also spend time teaching the children in the villages to sing. It was in Nigeria that Oritse first sang in a recording studio when he was asked to lay some vocals down for a track he had written called Soul Woman. However, due to competition from another male solo artist, Oritse’s track was pulled from the stations playlist and his dream came to a standstill. Oritse was the school’s head-boy and was also involved in local charity group, Motherless Baby Home. Oritse loved being involved with his community and most of all singing with the villagers. After two years he moved back to the UK to live back with his mother in London. Oritse was introduced to a variety of different mentors when he joined a vocal academy whilst he was studying at university and Malcolm Connell trained him vocally and was the person who encouraged him to form JLS.

Aston Merrygold
AGE: 20
OCCUPATION: SINGER
LOCATION: PETERBOROUGH

Aston grew up in Peterborough dreamed of being a footballer. At secondary school, he represented England for the European Youth Games in 2004 but soon after discovered he had a nerve disorder in his left foot and had to give up sport. When Aston was 14, his mother applied for him enter Kids Stars in their Eyes and appeared as Michael Jackson in 2002 singing Rockin’ Robin. Aston performed in all of his school productions and after finishing school in 2004, he was cast in a new TV show called Fun Song Factory. Aston met Marvin whilst auditioning for a TV advert and he was invited to come along and try out for JLS. Since joining the band, Aston moved to London to be closer to the other members of JLS.

Mentored by: Louie Walsh

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  • Letitia

    I Love Aston Hes Mine Guys!
    No One Else Can Have Him 😀

    I Lovvee Him & Marvin Is Fit 😛

    Loveyou xxx

    Hope You Win (Y)

  • hiya i love jls def aston he so fit hes mine he is great singer love you loads babe x

  • TAZYBAZYx

    iiLoveYouhhAstonn .Ox
    Mwa x

  • Daniellaa.

    :O Omydaiz JLS are Gonna win No doubt about it 😀
    :O Astoon Is Onn Fucking Sexayyy Guy :D:D:D
    I LOVEE HIIMM.
    Theree Gonnaaa WINN (FULLSTOP). 😀

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE MARVIN HE IS SOOOO SEXXXXXXXXYYYY.

  • Kallie

    OMG, I Love Aston so much, I almost shit myself when they were on the bottom two!!! and I just saw him today at a kids tv show, OMG, you guys, OMG!!!!!!!! so skinny, so fit…get a room with me

  • Jls – aston

    hey itz aston ere
    fanx u 4 sayin im fittttttt
    keep voting 4 us
    luv all of u gyal
    but i luv dis gyal more ???? ********
    c ya xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • motherofpink

    hi evry1 im so upset dat jls neva won 2nite, aston, aston + aston u ver d best eva 2nite. u av an awsome voice sound lyk young micheal jackson n av looks lyk cr7,im in love wid ur eyes n curly eyelashes. best of luk from here n i will always support u. n hope to c u on ur tour.

  • Chloe x

    Heya x

    Aston And Marvin Are Really FIT

    JLS Were my Favourite

    Im Really Sorry You Guys Didn`t Win

    I Voted For You Guys x

    You Lot Done Really Well x

  • Yamna…x

    I really really wanted JLS to win, I think they are totally AMAZING!! And Aston You are so damn HOT.. I love youu sooo muchh!!
    You are all still winners in millions of peoples eyes and you will go far!!
    Love you always best of luck with everythingg.. mwahsz
    xxxxxxxxxxx

  • Jade

    Omg carn’t beleive JLS didn’t win!! 🙁
    I voted for u guys every week!!
    Marvin your well hott hun!!
    Aston ur soo sweet!! lol
    Hope we get to see more of u guys on out t.v’s!!
    Marvin!!… Just carn’t beleive how hott u are!! omg
    You’ve all got great voices!!
    You remind me off the next young westlife!!
    Love ya all!!
    Jade xxx

  • loziiee babiiee.

    omgosh, i sooo cannot belive you didnt win.
    you did great though,
    but you sooo deserved to win.
    all of you are amazing singers!
    but i heard you got signed anyway by simon? =D
    love you guyss!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • BG GYalz

    OMG JLS UR R SOOO EFFIN FITT HOPE U GUYZ GT A BETTA CONTRACT…….WISH U D BEST IN UR MUSIC CAREER X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X.X. (AWWW BLESS ALL OV EM ESPECIALLY ORITSE MA M8 LUV U BTW SOOOO SWEET) OHHH YHH ASTON U R SOOO GAWJUSS BLESS IT TAKES A REAL MAN 2 CRY!!!! LUV UZ LOADZ UMWAH XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • luvin aston az alwyz

    aston izfukin hot a wifey lyk him goz crazy damn hiz fukin gorgeous lovin him alwayz
    n neva 4get him
    mrs marrigoldwindow

  • Georgia

    OMG ASTON!!!! U r welllll fitttt!!! Ly guys!! Well dun in the x factor!! voted for u! Please do more concerts and appear on tv!!!!

    xxxxx

  • JesSaaraah.

    Astonnn Isss Pengggggggg
    & So Is Marvin 😉
    They Would Both Get It Nicely 😉
    Lovee Uuu 🙂
    JesSaaraah.xx

  • Anonymous

    I saw JLS at Heathrow on the way to LAX yesterday. They were in security. My 7 year old daughter had her picture taken with them. Not only are these young men great singers but they are also very nice people. They stopped and had pictures taken with people and signed autographs all the way through the airport. I hope they remain so nice after they get the success that they are so deserving of! Thanks guys!

  • Jessica

    OMG. I would die for Aston. You don’t understand how much i love. I wish he was with me. Id marry him even if i had to pay 1 million pounds for it. I wish i could meet him soooooooo much. Mwah he is my Baby

    “Baby jay you can be my cinderella!!” – He was blatz talking to me when he sang that.!!!

    He is my life. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    I love him so much Mwah. x

  • sabina

    i so love jls you are the best band i love aston and marvin there fit
    i so hope you get signed up jls is the best i have to say i thought alexandra was really good too but i still love jls no mater wat

  • laurenn

    hiii omddd ur soo sexyyy !!! i wanted u to win babes x hope to meet u wun dayyyy x ive mt u at reeharsal studio but u didnt stay out looool

  • francesca collins

    i love jls ,jls should of won aston is way cute i love u guys

  • Aston is so stunning i wouldn’t mind bein married 2 him he is the best lookin lad in tha world. And JLS should of won x factor i hope 2 c yous soon lyk love ya aston!! im ya bigest fan!!! love ya xxxx

  • mrs merrygold!

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! they are SO cute and i love them SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much – ASTON – KEEP ON BEING FIT! HES ALL MINE SO BACK OFF!

  • louise wartnaby

    jls rock

    i love aston so much

    i wish i could c him 1 mree timee

    love yuu aston soooooooooooo much

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxlove n kissesxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Alex Lewis

    OMG I LOVE ASTON HE IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE I WISH I COULD SEE HIM ONE DAY

    🙂 HE IS SOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE AND HE IS SOOOOOOOOOO FIT :)OMG OMG OMG

    ALEX XX

    P.S. HE IS WELL FIT 🙂 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  • Alex Lewis

    ASTON IS WELL FIT 🙂 HE IS SO CUTE 🙂 OMG I LUV HIM SO MUCH 🙂

  • hia i thought jls were brillant i hope they do
    well as time goes by
    ive always wanted to sing but i have to wait ages for as
    am only 15
    but i hope they change it to 14
    as i really want to sing i love street dancing and singing its bein my dream since
    i was a little baby
    and not knowong ur real dad thinks u dont stand a chance but i love jls am not one of these stalkerish people screaming aston aston i love you
    :L ring a bell but i wish jls all the luck hope they do good in life and
    i hope use will change the age for other ppls befient u would be
    shocked to hear sum teeangers sing really and tbh people saying aston i fu**ing fit
    why not sya hes hott
    🙂

  • oh and can i say
    aston anit anyones alright so stop fighting over
    him god people i use to be like this but 🙂
    not anymore coz its childish tbh
    i would love to meet them but dot do travling
    i hope they come or move
    to blackpool 🙂
    love you loiue is
    so funny hes mad
    :L
    love you jls xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    love from lee-anne rose xxxx

  • whys sumone preteding to be aston man its stupid it anit really him he wouldnt say that about anyone oh i love this gal more n he can spell n u can tell its a fake
    \:):)

  • Francesca

    Omg u guys are all LUSH and your concert with lemar at Oasis at Swindon was amazing me and my sis went and we lost our voices but we had the best time ever and we didn’t want it again plz post when u will have your own concerts when u no and i would love it if u could have 1 in swindon then i could meet you guys

    love ya xxx

  • LaurenSimpson

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,, i love JLS sooooooooooooooo much,, i actually cried wen they lost,, my old mate dissed them be4 so i smacked her,, i love them soooooooooo much,, i think ill probs die if thery split up 😀 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Anonymous

    jls r crap now

  • Casi Smith

    I absolutely adore JLS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Aston is the BEST!!!!!
    I cryed for days wen they didnt win!!!!
    LOL!!!!
    Luv u 4 eva!!!!!!!!!
    XXcasiXX

  • michelle sallis

    jls omg they are my rock for my life i luv jls for everxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooxxxxxxxxxxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  • kloe

    jls i love uuuu so much and i cried when u didnt win the x factor.i wish i could meet use some time coz i think u are alll lush.iloveyouuuuu 4 ever xxxxxx

  • Anonymous

    a actual wish Aston wis only 14 cos hes actual Stunnin mahn x

  • Chantelle Day

    OMG I <3 ASTON HE IS MINE!!!!! :*
    MARTIN IS BORN IN THE SAME PLACE AS MEEEE!!! 🙂 SOUTH EAST LONDON MATEEEEE :DD. I <3 JLS IM GOING TO SE THEM IN CONCERT IN FEBUARY CANT WAIT 🙂 AND GETTING HOODIE FOR CHRISTMAS :DD :*:*:*:*:*:*

  • Lillieee X

    I love JLS sooo muchh i went to the BIG GIG and they were there it was so good and they are sooo fit !!
    They kept lifting their tops up .. (GREAT) awww there six pack (More like flippin’ 21 Packs) !!

    They are soo sweet x Everyone loves little Aston but i think Marvins more my cup of tea !! X Love you all though you all rock xx

    I think your sooo hot and i wish i could meet you some day !!

    Hopee you guys had fun at the BIG GIG !! I certainly did !!

    LOVE YOU SO MUCH CANT POSSIBLY SAYY !! XX WISHHH WISH WISHHH I COULD MEET YOU AND THAT I WAS LIKE 8 YEARS OLDER !! 😛 Love youu all foreverrr xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • amy caffrey

    aston you and the rest of the band are so lush i would love to meet you

  • georgina

    hi i love ashton sooooooooooo much
    i would love to see youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  • Annis

    OMG i LOVE aston sooooooooo much. i Can’t get over a deliscious he is!!!!!!!

    MARRY ME ASTON

  • khadiza

    I love the jls.espacially aston!!!he’s soooooo fit.My phone screensaver is aston and my ringtone is everybody in love.I love the jls sooooooooo much.I really want to see u and have a blue hoodie with the bands signitures at the back.
    xxx

  • samantha

    OMG
    I love Aston soooooooooooooooooooooooooo mcuh i’m carzy for him!!
    I want to met JLS one day their too cute (ASTON)
    One day I will be Ms Merrygold

  • shannon

    marvinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn u r ssssooooooooooooo sexxiii fitt penngg hott whateva u wanna call it im in love wid <3 xxxxxxxxx comin 2 theee tour wohhhooo feb 2010 here i come MEN....

  • mrs merrgold

    ive met aston, well jls n i got his phone number and i got his email address so wer kinda of mates n 1 day i wil mrs merrgold!!!

  • serena

    what is there number and email please may i have it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tracy

    hiya i am tracy from liverpool nice 2 meat u if there any chance that i cud have the number or email please i be every gratefully its for my little girl she just wants to say hi to JLS hun can u get bk to me please thanks

  • EmilyMartinn, 16

    my dream is to become a performer or singer like you guys, i have another dream which i want to pursue, this dream is to sing with you guys, so i can inspire people to go after their dreams like i will, i am enterting x factor next year, and if i got the chance to even meet you all that woul be amazing, you have all encouraged me to reach for my dreams, and if i make it, it will be because of you guys

    i love you each and everyone of you (L)
    thank you for making my dream more clearly, hope i get to meet you o even sing with you :O:O

    Emily Martin, Blackpool, Student 16

    ps. i cant believe your coming to the winter gardens in 2 weeeks, too bad i havent got tickets (n)(n) xxxxx

  • EmilyMartinn, 16

    my dream is to become a performer or singer like you guys, i have another dream which i want to pursue, this dream is to sing with you guys, so i can inspire people to go after their dreams like i will, i am enterting x factor next year, and if i got the chance to even meet you all that woul be amazing, you have all encouraged me to reach for my dreams, and if i make it, it will be because of you guys

    i love you each and everyone of you (L)
    thank you for making my dream more clearly, hope i get to meet you o even sing with you :O:O

    Emily Martin, Blackpool, Student 16

    ps. i cant believe your coming to the winter gardens in 2 weeeks, too bad i havent got tickets (n)(n) xxxxx

  • EmilyMartinn, 16

    my dream is to become a performer or singer like you guys, i have another dream which i want to pursue, this dream is to sing with you guys, so i can inspire people to go after their dreams like i will, i am enterting x factor next year, and if i got the chance to even meet you all that woul be amazing, you have all encouraged me to reach for my dreams, and if i make it, it will be because of you guys

    i love you each and everyone of you (L)
    thank you for making my dream more clearly, hope i get to meet you o even sing with you :O:O

    Emily Martin, Blackpool, Student 16

    ps. i cant believe your coming to the winter gardens in 2 weeeks, too bad i havent got tickets (n)(n) xxxxx

  • ii lovee JLS <3

    Heyy.. Do yoouu really havee aston’s numberr?
    If so… Pleaseeeee can i havee it i would be sooooo soooooo greatful!! x

  • Danielle

    Hi please please give me his email!

  • rachel merrygold

    hey could u plzzz plzzz plzzz plzz plzzz plzzz plzzz give me there email adressssss!!!! im beggin! plzz plzzz xxxxxx

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