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Brit and Alex

Brit and Alex

From the Small Screen to the Big Stage

By Abraham Kuranga

 
Copyright ©2008 PopEntertainment.com.  All rights reserved.  Posted: May 12, 2008.

These small town American girls are living every young girl’s fantasy. 

Brit & Alex, (nee Brittany and Alex Smith) started out like two other famous twins who are now household names.  And like those other two twins, they are capturing attention wherever they go.

Brit & Alex“Being a twin definitely has its advantages,” says Brit.  “I always have someone I can bounce ideas off of,” she says of her twin, Alex.  “No, we don’t feel each other’s pain, like people think.” 

The twins’ rise started with a brief stint on daytime soap opera One Life to Live. After that experience, the Smith twins crossed the pond to London to focus on modeling. 

“We wanted to make our own money and be a little independent,” says Brit. 

This newfound independence led them to become John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde ad girls. 

“Initially it was fun,” says Brit about the modeling stint.  That fun soon changed to an itch to pursue other things. 

“No offense to models, but it doesn’t require a lot of brains,” says Brit.  “You just stand there.” 

Instead of standing there, the sisters decided to scratch their itch to pursue a musical career.  The twins hooked up with some British producers and started cutting sharpening their writing and single chops. 

Brit and Alex soon caught the attention of Interscope Records’ head honcho, Jimmy Iovine.  “Jimmy was so receptive to us and wanted to sign us right away,” says Brit. 

With a major label behind them in the States, Brit and Alex set off to make the music they always wanted to make. 

“We realized that music was always our number one passion,” says Brit. 

That passion would soon be tested and rewarded.  Iovine linked them up with Dallas Austin (TLC, Usher), one of the hottest and most well-known producers in music. 

“At first we were a little nervous,” says Brit of the initial meeting with Austin.  “He spent a few days with us, just hanging out.  No music.  He got to know us as people, and that made it very relaxing.” 

They also hooked up with R & B producer Tricky Stewart (Rihanna, Britney Spears) to craft the sound for their debut album. 

“We wanted an album with some edge, some grit,” confesses Brit. 

Brit & AlexAsked about the predominating style and sound on the album, Brit refused to single out any specific genre. 

“It’s gonna be a collection of pop, rock, R & B,” says Brit. 

Having been influenced by artists such as Madonna, Blondie and Michael Jackson, expect a little bit of everything. 

Their first single, “Let it Go” is burning up both the airways and TV/movie screens.  The track is on the hit movie, Step Up 2: The Streets movie soundtrack as well as on the hit MTV show, The Hills

The spunky dance track has already proved successful in the UK and the girls hope to repeat that success in the US. 

“Europe has been very good to us,” says Brit.  “We hope to take this as far as we can take it, straight to the top.” 

With a debut album on the horizon, listeners will definitely have an opportunity to see the new twin sensation, just in case you missed the first time around.

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