THEY’RE the latest sensation set to storm the charts and win a legion of female fans. Check out hot new boy band Union J. The four-piece found fame in last year’s X Factor. Now fans and critics alike are predicting big things for the lads – George Shelley, Jaymi Hensley, JJ Hamblet and Josh Cuthbert. Your Daily Star was invited on set for an exclusive first look at the video shoot for debut single Carry You, and can confirm it will set pop fans’ hearts pounding.
The story starts with the four lads each doing their own thing, before meeting up and playing to a screaming crowd. “It’s all about how we were individuals with our own identities but came together as one band,” the boys explain, almost in unison.
“Carry You is about getting support from people around you. The fans are helping us and we are helping them. It’s a good upbeat pop tune we hope everyone will love.” He adds: “It feels like a dream to be doing this. A year ago I was at university doing my graphics course and leading a normal life.” Speaking about the video, he reveals: “It’s weird and it’s great. My dad lives in Nottingham so it’s been nice to do it here. It’s different and has lots of quirky areas like the Jam Café and the Vintage Shop. “We didn’t want to use locations that had already been used in other videos.”
George was asked to join the band, formerly called Triple J, by mentor Louis Walsh, 60, in time for the live shows and hasn’t looked back. But while they quickly merged as a four-piece, the lads were keen for him to keep his individual style. “It’s important to still have my guitar,” he explains. “I went into X Factor with my guitar and it’s a big part of my identity, so the boys wanted me to keep it.”
Fresh from filming a scene where he rides in on his bike, JJ, 24, chips in: “We all came from four different places to sing together as one band. And that’s what the video represents. Josh is the worrier and serious one, George is the computer geek and the creative one, Jaymi is the parent and the demanding one. I’m just the laid back one. We all bicker but we’ve got so close it feels like we’re brothers. Arguing is healthy, I think. We always hug before we go on stage.”
The lads are used to the obvious comparisons to One Direction but hope to shake this off once fans hear their sound.“We are always being compared to One Direction because we are both boy bands and come off X Factor,” explains Josh, 20. “We’ve even been compared to The Wanted but we think it’s amazing as they are the biggest groups on the planet right now. “If we can even have 20% of their success we’ll be pleased. We hope their fans hear the single and see that we have our own style and like us too. There is room for all of us.” Jaymi, 22, agrees: “Harry Potter and Twilight shared fans, but they were around at the same time. We’d be Twilight, though.”
Set to hit the big time and on course for a chart-topping single, these lads seem to be living the pop star dream. Jaymi grins: “I have just moved into a new apartment and it is so much fun. It’s a good party pad. “The development JJ and I are in is great, and I have no fl at above me, which is good for playing loud music. “My flat is big enough to invite everyone round for a party. Some fans tried to sneak in recently as they found out where we lived.”Josh nods: “I would love to be No 1, even if just for one week. It would be amazing for the single to do that well. I would have to spend the next week recovering!”