Identical mirror twins Adrian and Julian Woodrow make up the singer/songwriter duo, Take 2. Previously known as Blackberry Jam, they've earned 2.6 million hits and 16,000 followers on YouTube. Living in Southern Vermont they taught themselves to play the ukulele, guitar, and piano, and this year they will play over 150 live shows. To stay entertained they sing, any time, any place...just ask. In X-Factor Season 1, they performed in front of 4,000 people and made it to bootcamp, competing with 100,000 other acts to make the top 100. During The Voice auditions they made it to the top 200 out of 50,000 acts and were the youngest performers in season 2. After seeing how underfunded and forgotten the local music programs were, they decided to start performing at schools to inspire other students to enjoy and create music. And they've accomplished just that, inspiring some students to even write their own songs. At home they work on writing original singles and shooting a constant stream of new videos. In 2015, Take 2 played 117 concerts, and embarked on The Dream BIG Tour - a year-long dream to play concerts in schools across the country and inspire kids to pursue their love of music.
Adrian Chirtea and Julian Woodrow are identical twins...mirror twins to be exact. While they are both legally “Woodrows”, Adrian has always used his Mother’s last name, Chirtea. Julian is the oldest by 10 minutes, and he’s always been a fraction of an inch taller, and a pound heavier. Julian is left handed, and Adrian is right handed. But other than that, Adrian and Julian really enjoy being identical, and in fact, they are genetic clones. As babies, their first teeth came in just a day apart. They have the same moles in exactly the same spots, on opposite sides. Unlike most siblings they rarely fight and (almost) always share. As best friends, they have more fun doing everything together than trying to kill each other! Most people can't tell them apart, and that's just fine with them.
Soon They Were Singing Everywhere
They started singing in the 3rd grade cafeteria and after a few months, people started asking the twins to sing everywhere they went. They’d be at the grocery and would give a performance in the frozen food aisle. At a yard sale, they would sing a few tunes for the shoppers. Everywhere they went, people would ask the twins to sing. They set up a hat at the gates of the local craft fair and made $167 in an hour, before getting kicked out for “panhandling”! That experience gave them a taste for making money from singing, and after that, they only wanted to do one thing in life…become pop stars!
Gigs and Auditions
With borrowed speakers and microphones from the neighbors, they sang at the starting line of a local marathon, for the September 11th memorial, at homecoming, and at the school assembly. As longstanding American Idol watchers, when Simon Cowell left the judges panel to start X-Factor, it was Adrian who really wanted to audition. Having never auditioned for anything before they packed up the car and traveled to New Jersey to take a shot at fame. Coming from Vermont --Newark, New Jersey was definitely the big city! Starry-eyed, they stood in line with 22,000 other acts and made it through the auditions process to become one of only 40 acts to perform in front of 4,000 people at the Prudential Center on the blinding X-Factor stage! After singing a rousing rendition of “Sunday Morning” the X-Factor judges gave the 4 “yesses” and flew them off to bootcamp in California. They got to see themselves on TV for the first time during a World Series commercial. While they didn't win X-Factor, they met some of the most amazing child musicians in the country. It was an awesome experience that gave them a taste of what it's like to be a professional musician.
They began rehearsing regularly, recording songs, and making music videos. Their first video took 6 weeks to record. They were just learning the recording software, and they kept accidentally deleting the file. But in September of 2011, "Best Love Song" was finally completed and posted on the twin's new YouTube channel. Their first video went viral almost immediately they earned their 10,000th hit just a few weeks after being posted. This sparked even more recording, and the evening dinnertime performances were replaced by recording sessions, and video shoots. Adrian and Julian now regularly cruise YouTube looking for upcoming YouTube singers in order to study their vocal patterns and dance moves. They were asked to be part of the “Pray” collaboration video featuring Justin Bieber’s background singers, as well as a host of other rising YouTube stars. It was an experience that connected them with a whole new YouTube music community.
Their Senior Year
On November 14, 2014 Take 2 launched their debut album "End of the Night" and then promptly won Granville Battle of the Bands. They also began auditioning for commercials in New York City. If you went to school with them, you'd find them suddenly absent, on a regular basis. Their first commercial, First Moon Party, went viral and generated over 30 million hits. As always, they keep their sense of humor. In early 2015, they began to tour local schools and share their love of music and singing with other students. They performed 44 live shows in 3 months and still managed to maintain their near-straight-A grades in their senior high school classes. Many mornings they would give a concert in the next town and then rush back to school to catch their last class. Adrian said, "It's crazy! Sometimes we'll get to class and nobody knows that we just performed in front of 400 people."
What's Happening Now - The Dream BIG Tour
Just fresh off high school graduation, they are setting their sites on going pro. Throughout the summer of 2015 they planned a nationwide Dream BIG Tour where they will perform for over 100,000 students. Keep your eye on their YouTube channel for a lot more VLOGs, music, and antics from Adrian and Julian. We'll see you online!