As Britain’s top talent show, The X Factor, continues to make stars out of unknown faces, it has seen many compelling stories over the years. But one of the most exciting came in 2017 when a relatively unknown artist known as Chico Slimani stormed the musical competition. His raw talent, infectious personality and powerful voice entertained the nation and made him a surprising early favorite alongside runner-up Grace Davies.
But despite his success on the show, there remains much to learn about the tragic life story of Britain’s own Chico Slimani. Here we take a look at this talented individual who battled through drug addiction and tough times before finding fame on one of the nation’s biggest shows.
Chico Slimani was born Youssef Hakim Slimani on July 29th 1972 in London, but his parents had their roots in Morocco where he was raised for much of his young life only to return to England aged 9. Aged 16 years old he began working from a Soho market stall and developed an interest in music shortly thereafter. By then end of 1991 Chico said goodbye to his past life and dedicated himself to music full time but wasn’t eager for credit for want for want he had been responsible for making: “it was a band thing…I don’t take credit for it solely being me… Because it wasn’t just me,” he revealed..
It would be 11 years into his career until Chico released his only single ‘It’s Chico Time’ which went gold within 4 days and cemented his name as an artist with a unique talent and style that not only impacted UK charts but also climbed worldwide music rankings as well. Unfortunately, in 2007 following personal exhaustion due to juggling between both singing & clubbing every weekend he took refuge behind alcohol & drugs before breaking public silence later that year stating: “[…]I didn’t cope with stress very well… That was my way of dealing with it… It became my master instead of me being its master”
To deal with the dark episodes from his past, Chico threw himself into encouraging social unity amongst strangers and attempt to unify people by acting as their inspiration regardless their background or beliefs which explained why he reached out to younger generations regularly in an attempt to advise them on how to untangle & control their emotions when facing true darkness: “When faced with tough times all you need is courage, strength and resilience – three things each individual is absolutely capable of having no matter what”. -Chico said during an X factor Series Round table Interview during 2017,.
fast forward four years later, due a strong recomendation from American producer Cutfather who heard about him from Tone Def Music producers(working previously together,) Tony sang for Simon Campbel in front of millions of watchers & instantly commanded attention using does raw vocal abilities & incredible stage presence once more proving; when given another chance you can still live your dreams no matter how hard life gets sometimes..
Despite falling short at third place on this season’s https://www.thexfactor.co.uk/ competition finale just like previous endeavors Chico opened up a brand new chapter in his journey proving life can indeed offer second chances–he further recalled during that very interview feeling scared when planning to come back again but kept fighting until he had burst through all doubts taking frontline during this season while paving way once more towards ultimate success.. And even though contestants Sharon Osbourne, Robbie William and Louis Tomlinson all ended up placing different than expected ;British artists everywhere took notice of his story coming back also awarding him an MBE ( Member Of The Order Of British Empire) honor bestowed by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II; making history as one of few Male Arab-Moroccan descent British Solo\’s Has being Honored so far by English Royalty In modern times after such feats like releasing hit singles & helping others
Today Chico stands reunited with family happily retired from big stages doing mostly music mentoring projects ,studio collaborations & charity events making art accessible for everyone reminded us how powerful our voice might be when trying break barriers .