August 20 2014 Latest news:
By MARK BOGGIS
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A band that appeared on ITV1’s the X Factor have showcased their talents during a visit to two academies in Lowestoft.
Performing songs from their soon-to-be-released album, Brick City – who made it through to the final 24 of the hit show last year – brought a special message to students at Ormiston Denes Academy this morning and East Point Academy this afternoon (Wednesday).
Three members of the band, who hail from Essex and north London, were in town as part of a life skills and drug education themed school tour of the UK, which has seen them visit various schools and academies across the country to spread an anti-drugs message.
And today, James Bellamy, Aaron Fowkes and Duane Lamonte performed a number of songs, took part in a drug education workshop and answered various questions from the enthusiastic youngsters as the band support the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) programmes developed by Life Skills Education CIC.
Brick City featured on series ten of the ITV music competition last year, and reached the judges’ houses stage of the competition. But with Gary Barlow as their mentor, as they performed to him in New York, they did not make the final cut and were eliminated before the live shows.
Now, boosted by new member Nela Modos, the band have been compared to Black Eyed Peas – given their blend of harmonies, unique style of melodies and the individuality of them being three men and a lady.
They are now recording with the same producers who have worked with JLS, Alexandra Burke and Lady Gaga and are soon to release a single and album.
Performing to year nine students at East Point Academy (EPA) this afternoon, EPA spokesman Pete Seadon said the academy had linked up with organisations including Colville House youth club “to help ensure that drug education remains a key focus for all of our students as well as within the wider community”.
Speaking after the trio had wowed about 150 students, Mr Seadon said: “We’re really pleased with how it all went. The students really enjoyed it and it was a real pleasure to welcome them to the academy.”