Nuttin' But Stringz
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|Nuttin' But Stringz|
|Origin||New York, U.S.|
Nuttin' But Stringz, also known as N.B.S., consisted of the duo Tourie and Damien Escobar who both play violin. The musicians from Jamaica, Queens played a blend of classical music, hip-hop, jazz, and R&B.
In 2005, the duo entered and won a talent competition at the Apollo Theatre in New York. Their victory on Showtime at the Apollo led to media attention and appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show with Katie Couric, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Around the same time the duo showcased their talents at Carnegie Hall and performed for President George W. Bush at The White House.
On January 8, 2006, Nuttin But Stringz performed their Hit song Thunder at the debut of the redesigned Cadillac CTS at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Nuttin' But Stringz performed after a classical string quartet. General Motors Corp. executives used the two performances as an analogy, to demonstrate that what used to be good enough (the quartet) needs to be reinvigorated (N.B.S). A video for "Thunder" is also featured on the website for Jack's Big Music Show on Noggin (Now Called Nick Jr.) The exposure continued when they were featured in the first of five commercials featuring local artists on New York's local news channel, NY1.
NBS gained national attention when their unique brand of music secured the Duo a part in the 2006 dance movie Step Up, and shortly after CBS featured "Thunder" during the 2007 NCAA Tournament. "Thunder" was also featured in the 1st episode of the television series The Black Donnellys, and was used in various television commercials.
Their music has sold platinum.
Nuttin' But Stringz collaborated with various artists including: Al Jarreau,Hadi abbas, Akon, Aretha Franklin, Brian McKnight, Chaka Khan, Charlie Daniels, Charlie Wilson, Drake, Gladys Knight, Gucci Mane, Isley Brothers, Jay Sean, John Legend, Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Mary J Blige, Mario, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus, Patti LaBelle, Pretty Ricky, Rascal Flatts, Stevie Wonder, The Manhattans, The Temptations, Trey Songz (on MTV Unplugged) and Yolanda Adams
In addition to their time on America's Got Talent, Nuttin' But Stringz appeared on the following television programs:
- BET 106 & Park
- CBS The Early Show
- Dancing with the Stars
- Ellen DeGeneres Show
- Good Day New York
- International Indian Film Academy Awards
- Jack's Big Music Show
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
- Tavis Smiley
- Last Call with Carson Daly
- The Fresh Beat Band
- The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
- The Mo'Nique Show
- Today Show with Katie Couric
- The Tyra Banks Show
- The ESPY Awards
Nuttin' But Stringz scored and appeared in a McDonald's commercial for the Launch of their fruit smoothies. They performed their song "Winner" for The Boeing Company at the introduction ceremony of their new airplane, the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental. In 2011 they performed at an event for Johnnie Walker in Uruguay.
America's Got Talent
Nuttin But Stringz big break came when they auditioned for the third season of NBC's America's Got Talent in New York City and received a unanimous yes from all three judges thus advancing to Las Vegas. They were subsequently named to the Top 40, advancing to Hollywood. They made it through subsequent rounds and were one of the five acts to make it to the finals. The duo ultimately placed third behind the winner Neal E. Boyd and runner-up Eli Mattson.
|Week||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Result|
|Audition||N/A||"Thunder"||Nuttin' But Stringz||Advanced|
|N/A||"Broken Sorrow"||Nuttin' But Stringz||Advanced|
|Heroes||"Thunder Remix"||Nuttin' But Stringz||Advanced|
|Top 10||N/A||"Winner"||Nuttin' But Stringz||Advanced|
|Top 5||N/A||"Thunder"||Nuttin' But Stringz||3rd Place|
|2006||Struggle from the Subway to the Charts
|2006||"Dance with My Father"||from the Subway to the Charts|
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