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Journey South
Origin Middlesbrough,North Yorkshire, England
Genres Pop/Rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Sony-BMG (2006–2007)

ANCA (2007–)

Journey South are a musical duo originating from Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England, consisting of brothers Carl and Andy Pemberton. They performed in pubs and clubs throughout Great Britain for over eight years prior to achieving third place on the second UK series of television talent show The X Factor in 2005. The duo have stated that Bon Jovi, U2 and Mary J Blige have been influences for their work.


Post X Factor

The 28 December 2004 edition of the Teesside Evening Gazette[1] reported that Journey South had received five record contract offers and had signed with the one they "wanted to work with most". This was later confirmed to be Sony BMG, the label on which they released their debut album, Journey South, on 20 March 2006. Fellow X Factor contestants G4, Chico Slimani and Steve Brookstein were signed to the same label.

On 26 March 2006, their debut album entered the UK album chart at No 1, selling 216,000 albums in its first week and beating the first album by fellow X Factor finalist Andy Abraham. Their first week sales were also higher than X Factor winner Shayne Ward's first album which sold 201,000 even with the help of a single for promotion. Journey South released their first single on 19 June 2006. It was a double A-side featuring their cover of Ocean Colour Scene's "The Circle" and a re-recorded version of "Desperado".

Andy and Carl Pemberton, who make up the duo, decided to leave Sony BMG and X Factor creator/producer Simon Cowell on amicable terms in August 2007. They formed their own record label, ANCA, through which the duo's second album, Home, was released on 22 October 2007 along with a single, "What I Love About Home", a week earlier. This single was chart-ineligible due to an alleged printing error. The album reached only number 43. In February 2008 a second single, "Reconcile Our Love", was released but failed to chart.

The X Factor performances



Studio albums

Year Name Charts
2006 Journey South 1 15
2007 Home 43 -


  • 2006: "The Circle" / "Desperado" (June 2006)
  • 2007: "What I Love about Home" (15 October 2007)
  • 2008: "Reconcile Our Love" (February 2008)
  • 2009: "What I Love About Home (the Help For Heroes)" (December 2009)


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