AZ Central - Family With Mesa Ties on New Reality Show
The new AXS TV reality series "Discovering Lucy Angel" focuses on an up-and-coming country act trying to make headway in Music City. The twist: The band consists of a photogenic mom and her two daughters. Dad manages the group, while the clan's two sons help to promote the trio.
It's like "The Partridge Family" crossed with "Nashville" and topped with a helping of "The Osbournes." The latter bit isn't coincidental; J.T. Taylor, who produced Ozzy's TV show, directs and executive produces this one.
"He's an amazing guy and extremely creative," says Fletcher Anderton, the oldest brother. "He ended up falling in love with the girls and the family, and he wouldn't have done the show if he didn't think the girls could sing."
The Andertons always were musical. The family lived in Mesa for 15 years before heading for Nashville a decade ago. The kids attended Mountain View High School. Fletcher, who remained in Arizona and lives in Scottsdale, went on to Arizona State University.
"There was always singing," he says, "I always remember my mom singing and my sister singing. And when we were kids, the family would organize little singing groups and we'd go to malls and old folks' homes."
The band Lucy Angel consists of mom Kate, plus daughters Lindsay and Emily. All three are blond and look like siblings.
"If I knew there was a reality show coming out and I saw a picture of three hot blonds, I might have a preconceived notion of what the show was about," Fletcher says. "But if people give the show a chance, they'll find that the show has a lot of heart."
Judging from the premiere, the show gives equal time to the music scene and family relationships, which are loving and feisty. No one in the Anderton family can be accused of being soft-spoken.
"We are a very passionate family," younger brother Jake says. "We kind of lash out at each other, but after a few seconds we get over it and we talk through it."
The brothers display that kind of normal sibling yin-yang on the phone, correcting and cutting off each other off. "If you hear someone interrupting, that's probably me," Jake says good-naturedly.
Despite the emphasis on the musical group, the real star of the show may turn out to be the patriarch, a serial entrepreneur known as "G-Man." He's an optimist, telling the band they're going to appear before 100,000 fans at a Pennsylvania raceway.
"There were 100,000 seats," Kate clarifies after the gig, in which they played to mostly empty bleachers.
"He's the kind of guy who'll be taking a massive conference call and walking around in his tiny little boxers," Jake says.
"The thing about the G-Man is that he's larger than life," Fletcher says. "He can't help but make an impression on you. He's jovial and he's got a love for life, but in the same sense, he's just some crazy backwoods boy from Idaho and you don't know what he's going to do next."
Which son takes after him more?
"We're both a lot like him," Jake says.
"I'm definitely stubborn," Fletcher offers. "Jake's a little more so than myself. That's just my opinion."
"I think I'm more hardheaded than stubborn," Jake opines. "Well, I guess that's the same thing."
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