Yes, you are seeing double – our May issue also featured an article about the talented twins from Bo’Ness, Callum and Jackson McPartlane. What we weren’t privy to at the time was that the pair were up to a lot more than releasing their debut single We Don’t Need This Town – they were also competing on The Voice on Channel 9.
However, after hearing their phenomenal performance on the famous stage during their ‘blind audition’ in front of judges Delta Goodrem, Boy George, Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian, we forgive them for being so tight-lipped. Having introduced our readers to the Mornington Peninsula songsters in 2017, we’re impressed yet not surprised that their passion for music has led the 16-year-olds to this quest for a recording contract with EMI Music and $100,000 in prizemoney.
For Callum and Jackson, stepping on to that stage with so much at stake had them feeling more nervous than they had ever experienced. Once they began to perform, their nerves settled and the excitement crept in – reaching a peak when both George and Kelly turned their chairs for the teens’ performance of Dumb Things. In unison, the twins announced their preferred coach: “We choose . . . Kelly!”
Their godfather, country singer Adam Brand, was there to support the pair, with Delta dragging him up to join the boys in a rendition of New England Highway. It was a surreal moment for the teens because Adam had regularly asked them to join him on stage during his gigs. Growing up on the road with the likes of Adam, Shannon Noll, John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes was all thanks to their mum and manager Sally, who works within the Australian music industry, and their stepdad Pat, who is sound engineer.
The twins spoke highly of the incredible coaching and remarkable sound checks with Kelly. They described her as a “pretty cool” and down-to-earth coach who truly helped them progress as artists and encouraged them to be present on stage. They also received helpful constructive feedback from the other coaches, who are some of the world’s greatest musicians.
“It was about growing throughout the show for us, as we strived to take on board all of the advice and embrace the experience, which was amazing for a couple of young musicians,” said Jackson.
After experiencing bullying first-hand, the twins are proud to be ambassadors for Kind is Cool, an anti-bullying movement. On set, the wardrobe team transformed a pair of denim jackets by writing on them Kind is Cool. Delta really resonated with their ethos, so much so that she’s interested in working with them in the future to assist in their mission. Given their kind hearts, Bo’Ness found that The Battle component of The Voice introduced mixed emotions due to the connections formed with the other contestants – but they always showed empathy.
Their favourite part was the people and community that they got to be a part of. “It was a great vibe,” said Callum.
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