James “Jay” McGuiness, produced on July 24, 1990, grew up in Nottinghamshire, England. The group scored a No. 1 U.K. single with their tune “All Time Low,” from their debut record The Wanted. The group’s second record, Battleground, also spawned a No. 1 single in the United Kingdom and Ireland, “Happy You Came.”
He also acquired a love for animals, reading and artwork in an extremely young age.
McGuiness was just 16 when he auditioned to get a fresh singing group being assembled by Jayne Collins, who’d become the power behind pop groups The Saturdays and Parade. Following a huge national talent hunt in England and Ireland, McGuiness was selected to eventually become part of a brand new, five-member pop group known as the Wanted.
McGuiness had no expectations when joining the Desired, but the group found success immediately. As their youthful, female fan base grew quickly, it looked as though the group was headed to recognition like that of other boy bands like the Backstreet Boys, Hanson and ‘N Sync.
In 2011, their second record, Battleground, additionally found a No. 1 single in the United Kingdom and Ireland, “Happy You Came.” It was this single that got greater recognition for the group as they started marketing their music in America, Canada as well as other regions all over the world. McGuiness and his bandmates were now immersed in a continuous mixture of traveling, record, promotion and coping using their feisty female lovers.
McGuiness has stayed single during his time in the group, choosing instead to spend some time on his songwriting. “Having a relationship at all is hard, and travelling causes it to be more difficult,” he told the U.K.’s Wonderful magazine. “I believe in the event you have got the best girl it is simple, and you must work your most challenging—now would not be a wise time for me to attempt, because it is too much pressure.”
He’s an avid animal lover, possesses a lizard and was named PETA’s Sexiest Man Vegetarian in 2011.
Addressing the group’s name as partying lads, McGuiness recognized the temptation of drinking and drug use when the group travels traveling. “You get guidance from your parents to not do anything you are uncomfortable with,” he told Incredible. “But you must take care of it by doing that which you believe is right and following your heart.”