In a performance that sent shivers down Natalie Bassingthwaite’s spine, local band Brothers3 brought a little bit of the country to the X-Factor stage on Wednesday night.
Local brothers Shardyn, Tayzin and Makirum Fahey-Leigh have been performing their own brand of country music for the past five years, but it was their take on Taylor Swift’s Safe and Sound that sent them through to the next round on the popular talent show with unanimous yeses.
Their “spine tingling” performance made it all too easy for judges Ronan Keating, Danni Minogue, Natalie Bassingthwaite and Redfoo to send the local group through to bootcamp.
“We had no electricity or no running water so we filled all our time with music. To this day we still write about our farm, it’s our inspiration."
“You were channeling the Mamas and the Papas and just that vibe... Australia needs a band like Brothers3,” Ronan Keating said.
Brothers3 wowed the judges from the opening chord of the song right until the final word rang out – not bad for three country boys who’ve never been in a talent competition before.
“It’s a very tough competition. We can’t really say how different it really is, only that there’s a lot of waiting and a lot of people but it’s really enjoyable,” Tayzin said.
Music runs in the Fahey-Leigh family’s blood with both their parents having been in the spotlight, but the brother’s say it was growing up on their farm near Rylstone that really got them into music.
“We had no electricity or no running water so we filled all our time with music. To this day we still write about our farm, it’s our inspiration,” Makirum told X-Factor viewers.
Brothers3 have been performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival since they first became a band and said they saw the X-Factor as another opportunity to get on stage and do what they love the most – perform.
“We love performing and the X-Factor was just another opportunity for us to get on stage and perform,” Shardyn said.
While it remains to be seen how the next stage of the competition will go, all three agreed that they would love to make it through to the home visits stage of the competition – and that they’d love to have Ronan as their mentor.
“It would be pretty great to make it that far and be in the top six groups of the competition,” Shardyn said.
In the lead up to competition, the brothers have been learning a few new pop songs and putting their own twist on them, ready to wow the judges once more.
“It’s been really, really fun. We get to jam with everyone while waiting and now we’ll see how the next stage goes,” Makirum said.
You can watch Brothers3 perform as part of the Top 120 when X-Factor returns to Channel 7 on Sunday night at 6.30pm.