What started as play dates has turned into a lucrative recording contract for three tweenage metalheads. Eighth-graders/metal trio Unlocking the Truth has scored a two-record deal with Sony that could net the boys as much as $1.7 million.
According to the New York Daily News, Sony has committed to two albums from guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and drummer Jarad Dawkins, 12, with an option for up to four more. If Sony sticks with the deal through all six records, the Brooklyn boys score the full $1.7 million. Not bad at an age when you still need a worker's permit!
Annette Jackson, Malcolm's mom and the group's co-manager, said Sony reached out with an offer over the phone. To see how serious the label was, she flew the boys to Los Angeles, where she said they gave a private performance that sealed the deal. The momager also added that the guys are good students and "school work comes first." Awww.
Discovered while playing in a downtown NYC park by Eric Clapton's drummer, Steve Jordan, Unlocking the Truth have opened for Guns N’ Roses and played Coachella and at the Apollo. The boys are currently in the midst of Warped Tour.
A year ago, Fuse hung out with the young rockers as they played in the middle of Times Square and in a Brooklyn bar. Dawkins reflected, "We were in Times Square looking at the big crowds, thinking to ourselves, 'We are the greatest, we are good, we're going to get there one day.' We just have to wait and be patient." Sounds like there's a minimal amount of waiting left.