Twins hit the high note with College Group training on The Voice talent show
College Group-coached twins have proved a hit with the celebrity judges of ITV’s The Voice, winning a place on Tom Jones’ team in the last blind audition.
Darius and Jahz Duncan began fine-tuning their soul and R ‘n’ B inspired harmonies on the College Group’s two-year vocal artist training programme at Manchester Music Base in 2009, learning all aspects of musical performance from singing and sound engineering to song writing and stage presence.
The pair, who live together in Chadderton, decided to revive double act 2ché during the pandemic in their home studio, when Darius was made redundant from a job managing accounts and Jahz was furloughed from his role in retail for Oldham Athletic and unable to work in his job as a wedding singer.
Former North Manchester High School for Boys pupil, Darius, who has started a new job in the Civil Service, said: “College taught us vocal techniques and how to perform on stage so we thought we wouldn’t be nervous, but ten seconds before we went on both our hearts were beating out of our chests.
“Going on a show where people are interested in your music is an amazing experience. It’s a chance to work with people who are very successful in the industry. We were definitely star struck by Tom Jones, Anne-Marie and Olly Murs, and as soon as I caught a glimpse of Will.i.am’s face from the corner of his chair, I thought, ‘am I really going to do this’, but they’re the people doing what we want to be doing in the industry, and this is our opportunity to make it in the music business.”
The identical twins are currently recording ten tracks with a producer which they plan to launch on music streaming services, such as Amazon and Spotify, in a style which may seem like a departure from the songs featured on the ITV talent show but still retain influences from the likes of Luther Vandross, John Legend, Sam Smith and Adele.
“They’re a modern take on the 80s,” Darius explained. “We’re using content from our life experiences too so expect more than just love songs.
“To be able to count on the support of our former College is amazing. We spent the beginning of our adult lives there and the tutors taught us everything we have been using throughout this competition. How we’ve got so far is a credit to them.”
To watch the pair, turn into The Voice on ITV on Saturdays at 8:30pm.