Holywell brothers Richard and Adam still going strong almost four years after TV contest


Amy Sargeson

REALITY television show competitors tend to have a reputation of going off the radar after the dust settles, but for Richard and Adam Johnson, the past few years have been a huge success.

It has been almost four years since the Welsh classical singers melted the nation’s hearts when performing on Britain’s Got Talent.

They finished third in the seventh series of the show and their debut album The Impossible Dream was at number one in the UK album chart for four consecutive weeks, the longest-running number one album for the whole of 2013 in the UK.

The Holywell duo were originally sandwich-makers and were shopping at a supermarket in Liverpool one day when they noticed the BGT tent and decided to audition on a whim.

They didn’t realise just how much success that trip would have in store for them.

In 2014 they played for more than 15,000 on their tour, which was a complete sell-out and they have performed at a variety of gigs since their rise to fame on BGT.

The Johnson brothers have sung on many cruise ships, travelling across the world, and have been rated the top act by passengers.

They also performed at the Olympic Stadium in London with Little Mix just after BGT, they sang in front of 45,000 people in Hyde Park and performed on Children in Need – the list goes on and on!

Adam said: “I think the best thing for us so far has got to be seeing our album in shops and the success we had with it.

“Obviously Britain’s Got Talent is the highlight of our careers, but that is what has brought all these highlights we’ve had over the past few years. The show has given us so many opportunities.”

Richard added: “We did a show in Australia and Fiji and even had to learn both of their national anthems! We always wanted to sing.

“There’s definitely highs and lows. People think if you become a success from shows like Britain’s Got Talent it’s all plain sailing.

“Things have been difficult behind the scenes at times, but working as a team with the people around you and staying true to yourself no matter how much people try and change you for the industry, is the main thing we’ve had to learn on this journey.”

Richard and Adam signed  up to Sony Music in 2013, but later they decided to take things into their own hands and haven’t looked back since.

Paul Johnson, father to Richard and Adam and their 31-year-old brother Daniel, said: “I think it’s no secret that managers are blood suckers. But they’re on their own now and are doing things for and as themselves.

“They can be who they want to be now.

“Some of the choices haven’t been their own and didn’t work. They’re much better off now.”

Richard added: “We’re in that position now where we have got a lot more control.”

The Flintshire-born boys have many plans for this year after going their own way, including a show in Rhyl on April 22 entitled The Journey, to incorporate all their favourite songs over the past 10 years and show their journey through music.

They believe it will be something very different from their usual shows after parting ways with Sony, and will even incorporate some pop music into the classical show, including songs by Adele.

The 23 and 26-year-old have had many positive changes since BGT. Not only have they developed their sounds and completed a variety of accomplishments in their careers, but their personal lives have changed a lot since the audition days in 2013.

In the next two years the boys will be tying the knot to their fiancees Gemma and Kate, but I’d say the most prominent and noticeable change would definitely be Adam’s weight loss. He has lost more than six stone since BGT but says many of his fans are not happy and preferred him as he was before!

Although in Richard’s words: “Before Adam was just a little head on a big body! He looks much better now.”

But one thing that hasn’t changed is that Adam still lives in Holywell just around the corner from his parents and grandparents.

Proud mum Julie Johnson said: “It’s so nice that a lot of us still live close by to each other.

“The people of Holywell and the surrounding area really are the best and are still so supportive. They’ve been amazing. The boys get constant support from them.”

Richard and Adam have had an amazing journey so far and it was lovely to meet the wo brothers and their parents in their family home and hear about the accomplishments they have had from being small town sandwich-makers to international singers.

And it’s safe to say success hasn’t changed them and they are a very down-to-earth and pat of a welcoming family.

Their plans for this year are very exciting – a Royal Variety pre-show fundraiser on June 25 with Bradley Walsh from The Chase at the London Palladium, a show at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, plenty of cruise line gigs and they will be touring with former X Factor contestant Rhydian later on in the year.

One of the gigs the brothers and their family are looking forward to is The Journey in Rhyl. As Adam puts it, it will be showcasing the songs they love and their influences over the last 10 years.

Paul and Julie have organised a coach from Asda in Flint for anyone interested to come on the coach if they can’t make their own way to the performance.

Tickets for the Rhyl show, which will be held at The Pavilion, on East Parade, will also be sold in Temptations, Flint, at £30.

l To keep up-to-date with the classical duo’s latest shows and updates, visit www.richardandadamofficial.co.uk or the Facebook page Richard and Adam.

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