It has certainly been a whirlwind time for X Factor boy band Union J, who shot to nationwide fame in 2012.

The heart throb four piece have not stopped working or rested to take a breath since they left the programme that December.

But two years later their effort and determination seems to have paid off.

It can be easily seen just looking at the amount of fans lined up outside Morrisons in Waterloo, where they stopped off to sign their new album, You Got It All.

Coming fourth in the ninth series of the X Factor show, Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett, Jaymi Hensley and George Shelley have proven that one does not need to come out on top to thrive in the competitive music world.

Youngest member George, who is only 21, said: "We just made it our aim to keep on going and never give up.

"We've been working every day and are now in a very good place."

It must have been a shock to the system for the quartet, who suddenly found themselves performing to thousands of fans on stages as renowned as at London's O2 and the Royal Albert Hall and rubbing shoulders with pop stars Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.

Pictured Union J on stage at the Fusion Festival, Cofton Park, Longbridge, Birmingham today Sunday 31st August 2014.

George, said: "We still pinch ourselves.

"I'd busked before but it was nothing like the shows I've played with Union J.

"We are just living our dream at the moment-this is something that we have all wanted to do for our whole lives and we don't see it as a job at all."

The reams of merchandise that has been brought out in their honour, including a range of look-a-like toy dolls, is testament to how much they mean to their fan base.

George added: "It's things like that that make us realise just how far we've come.

In the two years since they began touring, they have already gleaned many special moments.

Fellow member, 25-year-old JJ, said: "Two of the best have been getting to Number one in the midweek iTunes chart with our new single, You Got It All, and finishing off just behind Ed Sheeran in the charts that week was great."

 

Their new release , You Got It All, is their second album and is one that the foursome hope will set them apart from their contemporaries, such as One Direction.

JJ, said: "We just wanted to create an album that showcases a sound close to our hearts-we've gone back to our roots.

"There are a lot more ballads on this album, which is where our strengths lie and we think people will be able to easily recognise us through it.

"People talk about us and One Direction together, but I like to think that we are a modern Westlife.

"It's also been great to put together because we've been able to include four songs that we have written ourselves this time, such as All About A Girl, YOLO and Get It Right."

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Union J are already planning to release a new and still unnamed single, which will hit the shelves in February.

This will come just ahead of their planned 11 date UK tour with The Vamps.

But is not all that the band are looking forward to next year.

Josh, said: "We'd love to go on a big tour around Europe.

"We're still deciding where about we will go but have been looking at France, Sweden, Portugal and Spain.

"We've even talked about Asia, because we have a good fan base over there."

And despite a heavy gigging schedule, the band still find time to catch up with fellow X Factor stars, juggle parenthood and even say a special Christmas message for Huddersfield Examiner readers .

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JJ who now has a one-year-old son, called Princeton, said: "We're lucky because we're all based in London so have time to go and see our friends and family.

"The hours can be long and late but I still get to go home to see my boy most nights, which is better than what some other people get to do.

"I think that anyone who wants to try make it in music should have a go, all they've got to do is believe in themselves and don't let anyone tell them they can't do it.

"Hopefully, with that, they'll be able to make their dream come true."