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.
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.
independence led them to become John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde ad
“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
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
“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.
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.
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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