The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

September 23, 2013

Danese teen performs on popular TV show

By Brandi Underwood
Register-Herald Reporter

— “All the people who were with me got to storm the stage. I had no clue about that. They definitely surprised me because I about got tackled,” laughed 18-year-old Danese resident Colton Pack, who made it through Wednesday night’s “The X Factor” audition on FOX with four yes votes from the judges.

After admitting that his mother nearly forced him to audition, Pack said that he and 55 friends, family members and faithful supporters rented a charter bus from Fayette County to Long Island, N.Y., for the hectic day of auditions.

“It was crazy,” he said, reminiscing of the long day of interviews, filming, sitting and waiting and the nerve-wracking audition process.

Pack said that he grew up singing in church, but only recently got into singing country music after entering a competition as a freshman at Midland Trail High School.

“It boosted my confidence and made me really want to do this for the rest of my life,” he said.

He said that one of the highlights of his budding musical career came when meeting and getting the opportunity to record with Jeff Stevens, producer for famous country star Luke Bryan, in Nashville, Tenn.

After working with Stevens for last 2-1/2 years, Pack had the opportunity to work with a handful of well-known Music City songwriters. He recorded a three-track demo with Stevens in 2012.

Pack very well may have a new career high after his “The X Factor” success.

“Getting 4 yeses from the judges was definitely huge for me,” said Pack.

“It was very surreal,” Pack said of his experience meeting celebrity judges Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland, Demi Lovato and Paulina Rubio.

“Simon can be pretty intimidating. You see him on TV and everyone thinks he’s crazy and he’s mean, but my experience with him was unbelievable,” he said.

He said he will be gearing up for his next “The X Factor” performance with lots of practice and carefully selecting the best-suited song to showcase his vocal ability.

Pack cited Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldeen, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban as his music inspirations.

Pack said he is optimistic about his future on the show and plans to do what he loves and do it to the best of his ability.

“That’s all I can do, just leave the rest of it in the judges’ hands and they’ll put me through,” he said.

He is currently waiting to hear from the show’s producers for word on the date of his next performance.

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