Olly Murs Says One Direction Fans Are Helping Him Crack America

29 July 2012, 10:05 | Updated: 29 July 2012, 10:18

The 'Oh My Goodness' star says the boy band's fans have been very supportive of his US career launch.

Olly Murs says he is hoping to convert more One Direction fans to his cause this September when he launches his debut album in the US.

The 'Heat Skips A Beat' star got his first taste of success stateside when he joined the UK boy band on their headline tour earlier this year, and says the support slot helped introduce him to an audience already keen on his brand of British pop.

"One Direction's fans, they literally found out I was supporting them, they went online, found out who I was, what songs I've done, my videos and then I walked out first gig in Detroit [and] everyone's just crazy," Olly recalled to MTV News this week. "I was like, 'This is insane! They don't even know who I am'."

The 'Dance With Me Tonight' singer says as the weeks went by on One Direction's US tour the crowd reaction to his performances continued to get better, and admits he is happy to keep on converting the 'What Makes You Beautiful' band's fans to his side as he gears up to release his first album.

"As the weeks went on it just got bigger and stronger," Olly explained. "That's obviously all thanks to the boys for having me on the tour. And, of course, the One Direction fans in America for backing me."

He added: "I'm hoping to convert more Directioners in my corner! And if I can have One Direction fans quoting me as well that would be amazing."

View a picture of Olly Murs promoting his new album 'In Case You Didn't Know' stateside earlier this year below (Credit: Getty):

The 'Oh My Goodness' star is also preparing to release his brand new biography Happy Days this October in the UK.

Olly Murs will release his debut US album 'In Case You Didn't Know', a combination of his two UK releases to date, on 25th September.