Simon Cowell Wants X FACTOR's Emblem3 for His Record Label
Billboard.com reports that X FACTOR judge Simon Cowell has hinted that he will sign Emblem3 to his record label regardless of the results of the FOX singing competition. Cowell revealed to reporters, "I think there's a pretty good chance. I'm not going to let anyone else get them," and teased, "There'll be some pretty big announcements at the end of the show."
While the music mogel would not comment on his plans for his other remaining group, Fifth Harmony, he told the press that he would continue to, "back both of them."
The Semi-Final round of the competition airs next Wednesday and Thursday on FOX. Along with Fifth Harmony and Emblem3, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens are also competing for the grand prize of $5 million.
According to the official bio on The X Factor web site:
Emblem3 has been rocking all over SoCal, performing at such famous venues as the Hard Rock Cafe, the Whisky, the Roxy, and the House of Blues for the past year. Brothers Wesley, 18, and Keaton, 16, and their friend Drew, 20, grew up together in Sequim, WA, where they all turned to music at an early age.
Wesley recalls, "I would be running around in diapers with a toy sword humming the tunes of my dad's favorite film scores, until eventually I was writing and singing my own songs." Keaton remembers his older brother asking him to "play the bass guitar and sing in his band," formerly known as American Scholars, when he was just 8. And Drew says when he was young, "I always had friends over and almost every night of the week we would stay up late and jam acoustic guitar in the living room."
Now all living in Huntington Beach and part of Simon Cowell's Groups, the members of Emblem3 take inspiration from many different musicians. Drew says, "I am influenced by any artist who is doing it because they don't know what else to do." While Wesley says he listens to every genre "so I've picked up flavors from all of them," his brother Keaton reveals "so many new artists have an influence on me," including Matt & Kim and Foster the People.
Summing up Emblem3, Keaton says, "We bring this style of raw and realness to our music, with Drew writing meaningful lyrics that express emotion and us all playing our instruments. We are going to create songs that involve thought and will make people feel real emotions." Drew says they have the "whole package, including appearance, talent, dedication, professionalism, interesting character, and musicianship." And to Wesley, the reason they have the X factor is simple: "My band is what music needs right now. I just believe it."
Other interesting facts:
Huntington Beach, CA
Blink 182, Incubus, the Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime
Drew, 2nd grade, recess; Wes, 6th grade, half pipe; Keaton, Age 7, school talent show
SpongeBob Squarepants, getting lost on long treks, sitting at the computer for hours