…..On tour with Action Item was a group that I was very eager to meet and see perform. Made up of three brothers from Orlando, Connor (19), Riley (17), and Toby (14), the McDonough brothers are better known as, Before You Exit. For only getting their start on the music scene just a few years ago, they have already experienced a pretty fair amount of success working and writing with some of the biggest names in music today, from Robert Ellis Orall who has worked with Taylor Swift and Stephan Barker Liles to Country duo, Love and Theft.
Though this was the boys first time performing in Nashville, it was definitely not their first visit to Music City. I found out after talking to them on their tour bus that they used to live here! Although they were only here for a few years when they were much younger, they still remember being here and teaching each other songs on the piano. They told me they started out in music singing and performing in theater. They also give a lot of credit to their supportive parents who raised them on the right music growing up – classic Rock.
The brothers recently met Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers at their show in New York City. They told me what a cool experience that was for them and that they used to play some of The Jonas Brothers songs at their shows. Shortly after meeting Kevin, the JoBros tweeted out that they were looking for bands to open up for their upcoming shows. In just an hour after that tweet, #BYEONJONAS was trending on Twitter world wide.
Before You Exit is the perfect example of how this generation of artists and bands are expanding their fan bases with something as little as a 140 characters (or less) tweet. Each brother has their own Twitter page. Riley, the middle brother, has in his Twitter bio “17 going on 30.” After the interview, it was apparent that Riley’s bio was true for all of them. The amount of maturity and professionalism that these guys have is mind blowing.
You can tell that they each have so much passion for what they are doing; good heads on their shoulders, and good parents are jsut a few attributes. These are the kinds of young musicians that not only work really hard for their success, but they also deserve it.
Their favorite part about Nashville? Of course I had to ask, ” The music and the Pancake Pantry.” I thought that was a great answer and it made me happy to see a picture of the oldest brother in front of the famous breakfast place in Hillsboro Village on Facebook the morning after their show. Everybody needs a pancake fix when coming through Nashville.
Before You Exit will certainly not be exiting the Pop music scene anytime soon. I can’t wait to see what they do after this tour, and I will definitely be purchasing their new EP out in February. The first single from that EP is out now and its called, “I Like That” and it STILL has not left my head. It might be the catchiest song I’ve heard in a while and its only time before it takes over Top 40 Radio.