BGT's Johnson Brothers known to Sony

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 April 2013
The Johnson Brothers with their grandmother

The Johnson Brothers with their grandmother

Britain's Got Talent's The Johnson Brothers had already been spotted by Sony Records, the parent company of Simon Cowell's Syco record label

Britain's Got Talent's The Johnson Brothers had already been spotted by Simon Cowell's record label.

The singing sandwich makers were seen performing 'The Impossible Dream' on Saturday's (20.04.13) show, but what viewers didn't know is they had already recorded demos for Sony Records, the parent company of Simon's Syco label.

Richard, 22, and Adam, 19 - who sometimes work in their parents' sandwich shop in Wales - have also reportedly released their own album and spent the last year touring the country and appearing on P&O ferries.

Before their performance on the show, Richard said: "We've been singing really for three years around the house, as you do. Anywhere and everywhere and really we always sing for nan."

Once they were on stage, judge Amanda Holden asked: "Have you got a day job?"

Richard replied: "Yes, we both work in sandwich shops, don't we?"

Co-star Simon Cowell quipped: "So you're classical sandwich makers. This I'm looking forward to."

After their standing ovation-winning performance, Simon told them: "What I like about you two is that I think you're genuine guys and the effort and the passion that went into that performance was incredible."

The Johnson Brothers had been spotted by record producer Gordon Lorenz. They then spent a season appearing at the New Theatre in Bridlington, East Yorkshire and performed alongside Ken Dodd at Liverpool's Empire Theatre, before self-releasing a debut album last year, which they have sold after performances.

Their mother Julie Thompson told the Daily Mail newspaper: "They just want to sing and that's what they've been concentrating on more and more.

"But they're not yet able to earn enough money from singing to quit the day job so they're still involved [in the family business] ... just.

"They last worked here two or three weeks ago for a couple of days."

A spokesperson for the show said although they had recorded demos for Sony the brothers had not been signed, and were not known to Simon before the show.

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