Our last update for Adrian Chirtea and Julian Woodrow or better known as “Blackberry Jam” found them enjoying songwriting and recording sessions with teen vocal artist Thilo Berndt from Germany, after attending last year’s Prodigy Camp in Washington State. The two boys, who are identical twins, have now expanded their careers venturing into acting as well as continuing their song writing and vocal recordings.
“Blackberry Jam” is more than just two creative young men with an incredible ability to entertain and make you laugh. These guys have continued to hone their skills leaving me without doubt that their first album, which is currently getting ready to be released, will be more than a huge success!
How it Began
The boys who have been singing since they were in the third grade kicked off their professional career at 14 years of age after begging their Mom to take them to audition on the X-Factor. That successful audition led them all the way to the boot-camp portion of the show before being eliminated.
“It was a fantastic experience where they met scores of budding artists which really cemented their resolve to become musicians;”their mother Heather exclaimed.
Over the following two years the boys published YouTube videos every two weeks, earning them over 2.3 million hits and 14,000 subscribers. This motivated them to develop their instrumental skills in ukulele and guitar. Last year both boys were awarded scholarships to attend Prodigy Camp under the direction of Rick Stevenson which set them on course to become amazing young songwriters. In fact, this month they will return to Prodigy Camp with yet another scholarship and an album full of original songs.
One of the most enjoyable parts of running this website is the opportunity to introduce talented sibling groups. Today we are honored to bring to you three truly talented siblings, each with their own unique set of talents.
Their mother Maria shared with me that “The Capp Kids” have been surrounded by music and performance their entire lives.” Their mother is an acting coach and their father writes television and radio commercials for advertising. Their grandmother was a staple in the long island community and regional theatre for over 30 years. Additionally, their aunts and cousins also still currently act and perform in the theatre community back east. For the last 5 years all three of the Capp kids have taken their craft to a professional level auditioning and working in both New York and Los Angeles.
The youngest of the siblings, Steven Thomas’ is now a 6th grade middle school student.
Steven was literally born into acting and the world of performing arts. He was a mere 8 months old sitting, listening and watching while his two sisters, Raffaela and Natasha were on stage performing as Royal Princesses in The King & I and his mom Maria who owns an acting studio (Maria Capp Acting Studio), was choreographer of this huge musical production. Steven tagged along to all rehearsals and acting classes of not only the King & I but also to a number of other shows that his sisters and mom were involved with. Steven was able to attend acting classes that his mom taught until his first theatrical debut in the musical “Footloose”, followed by his first television show, “Haunting Evidence” at the age of only 5.
Early on Steven expressed interest in improvisation, comedy and theatre and went on to perform on stage and on camera in local commercials and theatrical productions while living on Long Island NY. When he lived in NYC, his efforts were focused mainly on film. Steven was fortunate to land lead and supporting roles in many NYU and Columbia Graduate films. He auditioned for one director of the MFA program of each school and was then referred to many of the other graduate classmates. This gave him the confidence and ease of working with adults, in front of the camera, and technical crews. Consistently Steven received praise and validation for his wit and mature demeanor while on set. Excited with the opportunities and adventure that lie ahead and nervous about everything being new, Steven’s feelings about the family move to Los Angeles was with trepidation as he was leaving behind the only home he knew on Sayville, LI and in Manhattan and all his friends and family!