By Brandi Underwood
OAK HILL —
The journey for 18-year-old Colton Pack, of Danese, has been nothing short of a roller coaster over the past six weeks.
The up-and-coming country musician from Fayette County has been singing his heart out as a contestant on FOX’s “The X Factor” since September, and it hasn’t been without some heart-wrenching ups and downs.
In fact, Pack was actually cut from the competition relatively early on. However, after catching special attention from judge Simon Cowell, Pack was brought back in the form of a three-man country band, completed by 19-year-old Andrew Scholz and 18-year-old Zach Beeken.
“We actually thought we were eliminated for about an hour and a half,” Pack said, adding that Cowell called them together shortly after and filled them in on his plans.
After Simon told the trio that they would be uniting as a country band named Restless Road, Pack said his emotions went from all-time low to an ultimate high.
“It’s the first country group he’s ever made, which is pretty special,” Pack said.
Now among the final 12 of the competition, Pack said he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It was definitely a curve ball, but I’m glad it happened,” Pack said.
Pack explained that joining a group of two other singers introduced new challenges to his journey toward becoming a country star.
“It’s completely different being in a group,” Pack said. “I never imagined that I would be a group, but I’m glad that I ended up where I am right now.
“As a solo artist, all you had to worry about was yourself,” Pack explained. “Now, we have to work on getting harmonies together every week and make sure those blend really well.”
On top of the extra pressure to not let his two new band mates down, Pack explained that another new challenge lies in developing genuine friendships with each member.
“You have to work on not only the singing part, but you have to work on your chemistry off stage too, because it definitely shows when you get out (on stage),” Pack said.
Fortunately, Pack feels like he and the guys have become fast friends.
“It’s like we’ve been in a group for years now,” he added.
Cowell has been showing heavy favoritism toward Restless Road on each episode, stating on Wednesday’s episode — after their performance of Katy Perry’s “Roar” — that he thinks they may come out on top of the whole show.
This week’s performance show airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday on FOX.
Pack hinted that Wednesday’s show will include a theme that’s “definitely something that’s out of our comfort zone, but we’re going to take it straight on and try to get out there and kill it.”
Afterward, voting is turned over to the viewers.
“Now it’s in everyone else’s hands,” Pack said. “It’s up to America and everyone that has supported us up to this point. We just need votes, votes, votes.”
To keep up with Pack and the rest of the Restless Road crew offstage, follow them on Twitter @RestlessRdMusic.