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'America's Got Talent' on NBC: Who are The Brown Brothers? Viral autistic musicians showcase improv skills

If you're wondering what sets The Brown Brothers apart from the several other contenders on 'AGT', then keep reading
The Brown Brothers on 'America's Got Talent' Season 17 (Trae Patton/ NBC)
The Brown Brothers on 'America's Got Talent' Season 17 (Trae Patton/ NBC)

After trying to get on 'America's Got Talent' for the past four years, The Brown Brothers aka Gabriel Brown and Nate Brown will finally be making their big debut on the NBC show's upcoming episode. If you're wondering what sets The Brown Brothers apart from the several other contenders on the reality-talent hunt show, then keep reading. 

If Gabriel Brown's face looks familiar to you, then you may recognize him as the man from 18 vocal impression videos on YouTube, which made him a viral star. While Gabe dabbles with voice-overs, impressions, and singing, his brother Nate, is more into songwriting and producing. Together the duo is hoping to wow the judges- Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Sofia Vergara, and Heidi Klum, with their unique musical variety act featuring various impressions. Read on to know more about The Brown Brothers and their stint on 'AGT'.


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The Brown Brothers on 'AGT' Season 17 (NBC)

Who are The Brown Brothers?

Gabriel and Nathan Brown form the Brown Brothers. The sibling duo has been performing together for as long as they can remember. During their childhood, the brothers would sing the national anthem at various sports events. Though they were musically inclined, the brothers interesting decided to join the Navy. In an interview with Green Valley News, Gabe recounted, "We were doing our own thing and we ended up getting back into music while we were in the military. I ended up in the U.S. Navy band. I joined to become a Navy SEAL but I was injured and I couldn't do it.”

While healing from his injury, Gabriel turned his attention to music and toured the world with the Navy band. He soon began singing in the native languages of the countries they were touring. This helped him hone his impression skills. "I sharpened my impressions while I was in the military singing different languages, I just kind of learned how to make my voice sound like different voices,” Gabriel explained.

On the other hand, Nate was keen on enrolling himself in a music school. But after watching his brother's successful career in the Navy, Nate tweaked his plans and decided to follow in Gabriel's footsteps. He was accepted to the U.S. Naval Academy to become a fighter pilot, which he did for a couple of years. “I was like, if I could be an officer then I can make him salute me, and it was kind of a little-brother thing I wanted to do," Nate said. While there, he created Navy Beats, which he described as a music club focused on electronic music production. It received funding from the commandant of the academy," reported the outlet. 

After their stint in the Navy, Gabriel put his impressions and voice-over skills to good use by not only doing voice-acting work but also launching his YouTube channel Black Gryph0n, which became an instant hit amongst fans. Nate too launched his own YouTube channel, Baasik Music, which serves as a platform for him to showcase his songwriting and producing chops. “I've been doing mostly production and writing for other artists but primarily work with Gabe,” he said. “We've been making music together ever since we can remember and it's been something we’ve always loved.”


The Brown Brothers on 'AGT' 

Gabriel's impressions caught the attention of 'AGT' producers four years ago. "They would reach out to me and see if I was interested and I would say yes, then it would fall through,” he said. “It was only this year I reached out, just submitting a video of mine for the audition — they were doing video auditions because of COVID. I got a response back saying a senior producer was also interested and things started moving.”

The showrunners wanted Gabriel to do an impressions act paired with music to create a unique variety show. As soon as he heard music, Gabriel immediately roped in his brother Nate into it. "I feel like our best work is when we work together and they really went for that because Simon Cowell really likes family acts and it was also great for me and us. Things changed drastically from what it was supposed to be to what it ended up being, but I am very happy with what it ended up becoming and we are hopeful we move on," he shared. 

Speaking of their auditioning experience, Nate added, "We were a little more ourselves in this performance and the producer who was working with us really encouraged us to take away some of the professional stage presence that we've built since we were young and just be ourselves. We are both on the spectrum of autism so we have a little bit of those idiosyncrasies we've learned to mask a little when we step on stage.” "We've been on plenty of stages but this was a very different thing and I had a lot of nerves, partly because the nature of the act has a lot of improvisational elements so we couldn't actually rehearse the act before we went on stage. We had to go up there and hope our skills got us through, so that was very unique," he revealed.

We can't wait to watch the Brown Brothers on 'AGT'.

America's Got Talent' Season 17 airs Tuesdays, at 8 pm on NBC. Following the show's premiere, you can catch all-new episodes every Tuesday from 8 to 10 pm ET/PT. For viewers who wish to tune in to the show without cable, they can do so using any of the following streaming services: Sling TV, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, AT&T TV, or YouTube TV.