Fifteen year old identical twins Adrian Chirtea and Julian Woodrow, better known as (Blackberry Jam), wereintroduced here last April. Since then the boys have been exceedingly busy and it was only last week that I finally caught up with them.
The boys spend all their time making music honing their harmonies for their music videos along with taking part in competitions and showcasing their talents at various venues.
They live in Vermont, in an area where there are more cows than people. Rather than getting bored, they pick up a few instruments and start making music.
Their very first audition was X-Factor; Season One, and at age 14 without any experience (outside of singing in school plays) they made it all the way to Hollywood boot camp!
According to Julian, “Getting eliminated made us realize that we really needed to work at singing.” They returned to Vermont started practicing and working on music videos in September of 2011. Within a month their first video attempt, “Best Love Song” was climbing in views. Within 30 days it earned 10,000 views on YouTube, and now just one year later Blackberry Jam’s channel has over 1.3 million views.
John Vincent Orlando, better known as, “JohnnyO” is an amazing young man with not only great musical talent but has a wonderful personality and a charismatic character that shines through in every video he creates on his exploding YouTube channel.
Johnny discovered his love for music at a fairly young age. You will often find him dancing, singing around the house, or humming along to his favorite song on the radio. I’m told that very early Johnny showed signs of showmanship through his musical abilities. At the age of four, he saw a musician doing an acoustic performance, and decided he would wobble up to the stage and join him. The crowd loved him and thought he was adorable, and full of energy. He also gave frequent performances to family members, and eventually joined his school choir at age six.
Outside of school activities, Johnny wasn’t enrolled in any musical activates and music was only a casual hobby. However, when he received his first electric guitar at the age of seven from his mom and dad, he played it continually even though he had no real knowledge about the guitar. Because of the interest he showed, Johnny’s parents decided to enroll him in lessons so he could receive professional instruction and grow musically.