Simultaneously, the brothers recorded their album. For it, they teamed with Jazze Pha, Shae Taylor, Ne-yo, RL from Next, the Corna Boyz, the Heavyweights and 112 founding member Daron Jones. Fabolous makes the only guest appearance.
Tracks like “Like This,” a “fun song for the ladies,” “Set It Off,” about a guy in need of affection,“ and second single “She’s Gone,” which will be released in January, will be included on the set.
To help introduce the group and to promote the album, Brutha has a reality show titled “Brothers To Brutha,” which premiered on BET on Nov. 18. The show documents the brothers’ battle to make it in the music industry as well as their struggles as a family unit, including a visit to their father’s home, in which he not only has a fist fight with his brother Draino, but also has an intense argument with his son Cheyenne.
“We were in Atlanta recording and working out and my uncle had the idea, a vision that our life could be a reality show,” says Grady Harrell. “He called and said cameras would follow us. Then he reached out to James Dubose from the Keyshia Cole [reality] show and before we knew it we had cameras following us. Shakir was also a very integral part of that.”
In addition, Brutha is on a high school tour and has scheduled some TV appearances, including one on BET’s “106 and Park.” “We’re out there meeting fans everyday,” says Grady.
They are also doing radio shows, and are in the planning stages for an early ’09 tour. Jared adds that, in the future, they hope to branch out into some acting and endorsements, eyeing a possible one with Coca Cola. They also plan on expanding their writing roster.
Although these days their father doesn’t have a very essential part in their career, the brothers say they will be eternally grateful for his gift to them – music. “Our father was basically who started this off, and we appreciate him for that,” says Jacob. “He instilled singing and performing and entertaining in us. He’s the reason we have music in us.”