Horan found his beginning by auditioning as a solo artist on the British singing competition, The X-Factor. Although failing to progress, judge Nicole Scherzinger saw something in him and suggested that Horan, along with Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik, should group together as One Direction and enter as a band. The five finished the competition in third place, and went on to win the hearts of fans all over the world. As well as being a talented singer, Horan has also co-written many of their songs, including the 2013 hit ‘Story of My Life’, which went platinum in the UK and 3x Platinum in the US. In 2016, the band decided to part ways to pursue solo projects and went on hiatus. Horan signed as a solo artist to Capitol records, and is working on releasing his first solo album.