Siblings with S.C. ties to appear on ‘America’s Got Talent’

rfriedman@thestate.comAugust 6, 2013 

Brandon and Savannah Hudson


A brother-sister duo with a Columbia connection will be taking the stage on Tuesday night’s episode of America’s Got Talent.

Brandon and Savannah Hudson, the grandchildren of local automotive dealer Jim Hudson, will be singing on the NBC variety show that airs at 9 p.m.

Brandon, 16, and Savannah, 14, are one of 12 acts competing on the show. Four acts will be selected during Wednesday night’s episode to advance to the semi-finals. Their South Carolina family members will be in New York to watch the live performance.

The Los Angeles-based siblings describe their music as indie pop, and they count The Beatles and Katy Perry among their influences. Though they’ve been performing for as long as their family can remember, they didn’t experience fame until their single, “All the Runaways,” was posted to YouTube in December 2011.

“Within a couple months it had over a million views, which was surreal,” said Brandon.

“People actually recognized us on the streets,” added Savannah.

After that, father Ken Hudson says what started as a hobby evolved into a career. The entire family – Brandon, Savannah, their parents, grandmother, and two younger sisters – relocated to Los Angeles from Florida. Since arriving last September, the teens have toured with Radio Disney and advanced through two rounds of auditions for America’s Got Talent.

“They work and practice every single day,” said Jim Hudson. “When they’re not practicing, they’re doing their school work.”

Ken Hudson says his father can’t help but tell everyone he sees in Columbia about Brandon and Savannah’s appearances on America’s Got Talent. “He’s so excited. He’s going around telling everybody, at church, at Rotary, all his friends.”

Regardless of whether the duo advances after Tuesday’s show, they plan to continue making music. More music is scheduled to be released after their run on America’s Got Talent, and there’s even talk of doing a concert in South Carolina.

The episode airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday on NBC. Viewers can cast votes using the phone number and Twitter handle provided at the end of the show, or online at Results will be revealed on Wednesday night’s show at 9 p.m.


To read more about the Brandon and Savannah, or to download their music, visit their website at

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