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.
“There’s a feeling that we get from music like no other. When we step on a stage, sing a song, or play our instruments we get a jolt of adrenaline and everything starts to feel right. We love our fans and our bandmates.. playing music, whether to help others in need, or please ourselves is the greatest feeling on earth. We are so grateful that we have the gift of music in our lives!”
Thirteen year old twins Milo and Julian, aka the Sposato Brothers, have been on a very interesting journey lately. Integrating their music careers with community service has always been at the top of their list. Their performances for the ‘Walk to Defeat ALS’, ‘Kirpatrick House for Youth Offenders’, ‘Thanksgiving,For the Homeless’, ‘Boys and Girls Club of America’, and countless school and church benefits have helped them realize the connection between the music they create and the world they live in. Their ability to reach people through music and bring joy, hope and happiness to others who are in need has been a focal point of their lives and music career. Nothing however, could have prepared them for what happened last November!
THE HUGE ADVENTURE:
“My dad came to us one day, and told us he had set up a tour.. and was taking us out of school… for TWO MONTHS!”, said Milo. “We had already done a small tour in Europe that summer, so we were kind of surprised”, said Julian. “Plus, leaving school for two months? WOW!” But when they discovered where they were going and what they were about to do, they really hit the floor. “He told us we were going to Nepal and India, and we were going to work with orphanages and schools, teaching, donating money, donating instruments and putting on benefit concerts to raise funds for school supplies and clothing. We were stunned!”, relates Julian.
“It was like going back in time,” Milo said. “They used wooden plows. And they had this caste system where no one is equal. They were really poor, but everybody accepted us into their family.”