For Boca Raton teen duo, the music business is a family business
BY ELIZABETH RAHE
Teen acoustic pop singer/songwriters Brandon
and Savannah are on the phone from Los Angeles. You may not have heard of the brother/sister duo from Boca Raton, but if they have their way, that won’t be for long.
Their first single, All the Runaways, has attracted more than 1.3 million hits on YouTube since December. A second single is due this summer, and a debut album is in the works. Splitting their time between Boca Raton and Los Angeles, they are hitting red-carpet openings, posing for photo shoots, writing songs and performing on both coasts, including for the recent Prom to Remember at the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale for teens battling cancer. In between they work on home-school studies four or five hours a day and squeeze in rehearsal time.
“Our life is hectically amazing,” says Savannah, who looks and sounds older than her 13 years.
“It’s crazy right now, but we’ve been doing this since we were 7 or 8 years old,” says Brandon, 15, who plays guitar in the act. “We are blessed to be where we are and to have family and friends supporting us.”
The Brandon and Savannah show is definitely a family affair. Their dad, Ken Hudson, the founder and CEO of Boca Raton-based Omni Advertising, lends business acumen. (They have their own label, Omni Total Entertainment.) Mom Saundra Hudson serves as their full-time manager – traveling back and forth with the siblings and their 3-year-old twin sisters. The family recently filmed a test episode for a possible reality show about manager moms.
With both Brandon and Savannah on the line, we learn a little of their life and times. Here are some excerpts:
Has anything surprised you about being in the public eye?
Savannah: For me as a young girl going into the business, it’s hard because there’s a certain way that I dress, and some people don’t agree with that. I have to remember to stick to who I am. Obviously, it’s going to be appropriate. My parents are OK with [how I dress].
What have people said?
S: Oh, ‘You’re only 13, why are you wearing heels?’ I’m very mature for my age … I can’t dress like a little girl. It’s not who I am.
What’s the best thing about your career?
Brandon: Inspiring people every day, playing for new people and seeing their reactions to the music.
What the toughest part?
B: Appealing to everyone. We really like being perfect when we perform. Sometimes it’s kind of tough to break a crowd, to get them jumping around, get them dancing. But for the most part it’s been amazing.
You wrote All the Runaways when you were missing California. What would you write about missing Florida?
S: It would have to have a little bit of the beach in it … and friends.
B: Yeah, the water’s freezing [in California] at the beach.
With your busy schedule do you have time to date, hang with friends?
S: I’m not allowed to have a boyfriend yet.
B: That’s actually one of the conflicts on the [reality] show that we’re doing. How our mom doesn’t schedule – we don’t have any time to go out on dates. But as busy as we are, we try to fit in relationships and stuff.
I hear that your dad is musical.
S: We got our musicality from [my dad’s] side. My mom’s side doesn’t really have any musicality, but we love them still. [She laughs.] They’re Italian.
B: It’s like one half is for eating, and the other half is for music.
What’s coming up for you?
S: We have a summer tour in front of us [the Camplified tour to summer camps, including Eagle’s Landing in Coconut Creek on July 24].
B: We’re psyched about that. And we’ve been opening for [Interscope boy band] Midnight Red in LA. We’ve been asked to tour with them starting sometime in the fall. It’s going to be huge crowds. They’re really going to blow up.
S: But you can check out all of our tour dates and music and updates on our website, www.BrandonAndSavannah.com.