Harry Edward Styles, widely known as %cHarry Styles%, was the person behind the choosing of the name %cOne Direction% when he was put together with %cNiall Horan%, %cLiam Payne%, %cZayn Malik% and %cLois Tomlinson% by %cSimon Cowell% to form a singing group. He auditioned for the British show "The X Factor" in 2010, singing a rendition of %cStevie Wonder%'s "Isn't She Lovely", but was sent home before finals. After that, he was re-called and placed in the new group act for the rest of the competition. The boys finished in the third place and were immediately signed to Syco music label which is owned by Simon Cowell.
Harry's journey to stardom began when he and fellow band mates released their first single "What Makes You Beautiful" in September 2011. The massive success of the song helped launch One Direction's fame worldwide. Their debut album "Up All Night", which was released later that year, successfully hit No. 1 on the charts in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The band's sophomore album "Take Me Home" (2012) and its follow-up "Midnight Memories" (2013) were well received and sold out in the market. By that time, Harry and the rest of the band already established a name in the showbiz with numerous tour dates worldwide.
Born on February 1, 1994, Harry was the youngest in One Direction and often referred to as "the flirt." Being romantically linked to a number of famous ladies, he once dated much older TV presenter %cCaroline Flack%, whom he met during "The X Factor". After that, he began dating a string of A-listers, ranging from %cTaylor Swift% to %cKendall Jenner%. Being into singing since he was a kid, Harry credited %cElvis Presley% and %cThe Beatles% as his musical influences. During his school years, he used to serve as lead singer for band White Eskimo which he formed with some friends.
One Direction announced in March 2016 they're taking hiatus to pursue its members' solo careers. Styles later signed a record deal as a solo artist with Columbia Records in June 2016. Since then, he has been active writing songs, both for his own solo project and other artists like %cAriana Grande% and %cMichael Buble%. Amid his preparation for his solo debut album, he filmed Christopher Nolan's action-thriller film "Dunkirk". The World War II-inspired film marked Styles' acting debut in which he played alongside renowned actors like %cTom Hardy%, %cMark Rylance% and %cCillian Murphy%.
In March 2017, Styles announced his debut solo single titled "Sign of the Times" along with its cover art on Instagram. The track was released on April 7. Styles then made his debut TV performance on April 15 by performing two songs "Sign of the Times" and "Ever Since New York" off his upcoming album on comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live". Following his debut television performance, Styles revealed the track list and the cover art of the forthcoming project. The album features ten tracks and will be released on May 12, 2017.