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Journey South are brothers Carl, 24, and Andy Pemberton, 29, from Middlesbrough. It was Carl who started singing and playing gigs when older Andy decided to join him so they formed a duo. They come from a close-knit family who have supported them all the way.
Five years ago, Andy quit his job and Carl quit his plumbing apprenticeship despite being only three months from the end of it. The charged a caravan to their credit card and set off for London. It was at this point they changed their name to Journey South, as that was exactly what they intended to do.
In 2005 they went to an audition for the second series of The X Factor. They wowed the judges and three yes's (Carl's favourite moment of the year) got them in. Their category, the Groups, were allocated to Simon Cowell who became both friend and mentor to Journey South, and describes them as "the nicest people [he has] ever met".
On Saturday 17th December 2005, Journey South came third in The X Factor. Both boys said that it meant "everything" to be in the finals of The X Factor and how proud they are to have their family watch them live on stage!
Just before Christmas, Journey South signed the record contract that they deserved. They recieved offers from an amazing five record companies and eventually chose the one they felt most comfortable with - Syco Music on Simon Cowell's label.
The debut album, JOURNEY SOUTH, was released on Monday 20th March. It recieved great reviews and shot straight to number one on Mothers Day, with Andy Abraham's (X Factor 2nd place) debut album entering at two.