Keaton Stromberg



You don’t have to dig too deep to see that the members of Emblem3 are a loud, wild, and fun trio. Drew Chadwick (21, lead vocals), and brothers Keaton (17, bass guitar) and Wesley Stromberg (20, main vocals) compromise the three-man band from Washington that performed at San Jose’s City National Civic on March 12.

The band is most known for finishing fourth place in season two of the X-Factor in 2012. Their first album Nothing to Lose, released last summer, peaked at No. 7 on the US Charts, making it the first act from the US TV series to crack the top 10.


Wesley Stromberg

In the band’s first headlining tour, the members said they had to limit their act. “We had to do a PG version of ourselves,” they said.

Now they are more dangerous and have the allowance to recklessly express themselves, sometimes by skating on stage.

“The X-Factor experience was awesome,” Wesley said.

However, they did complain the judges, besides Simon Cowell, weren’t very close with them. “Demi was closer than Britney; [Demi] would come talk and sit with us.”

Following their X-Factor background of covering songs such as Matisyahu’s “One Day” and The Beatles’ “Hey Jude,” the band has continued to cover other hits including: Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us Down,” and The Eagles’ “Hotel California.”


Drew Chadwick

Upon meeting them, the band instantly began singing a cover of Smashmouth’s “All Star.”

The band said it would like to cover Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” and Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love,” as well as Justin Bieber songs in the future.

“Don’t listen to anyone else,” Chadwick said, advising other young acts to be themselves. Drew credited that piece of advice to Cowell, when he told them to “not change.” The band had a positive attitude about working with Cowell and being under his label Syco and Columbia.

To stay emotionally balanced on tour, the band said they try to truly experience the cities where they perform. In San Jose they ran around downtown and through the sprinklers at Caesar Chavez Park. The band also brought their closest buddies on tour, exercise, and eat healthy to maintain their cool.

During the show, the half-empty venue consisted mainly of young girls. While the band can sing well, their best asset is their attractive looks.

Emblem3 has already reached great milestones and are in position to take it to the next level.

There are a few more concerts before the tour wraps up on April 6 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Written by Justin San Diego

Image by  John Agcaoili & Mark Chua

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