Teenage metal band signs huge multi-album deal with Sony

They’ve supported Guns N’ Roses and have played Coachella and the Vans Warped Tour. Now teenage metal trio Unlocking the Truth have signed a multi-album deal with Sony that could be worth $1.7 million.

The band – which features 12-year-old drummer Jarad Dawkins and his 13-year-old mates guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse and bassist Alec Atkins – were discovered by Grammy award-winning drummer Steve Jordan when they were busking in New York. Just two years later, they’ve signed a two-album deal with a $60,000 advance on the first album and up to a $350,000 advance on their second. If Sony picks up all of the options on the six-record contract, the band will collect on the full multi-million dollar figure. Unlocking The Truth also has a book deal with Penguin and are working on a documentary about their rise to success.

Annette Jackson, Malcolm’s mother and the group’s co-manager, told the NY Daily News that the trio locked in the deal with Sony after flying to Los Angeles where they gave a private performance. All three members are in Year 8 at different schools in Brooklyn and will have to keep their grades up if they’re going to deliver for Sony. “School work comes first. If their school work is not done, they don’t play,” says Annette.

Last year, Unlocking the Truth were featured on FL’s list of 21 rising stars under 21 alongside Lorde, Flume, Haim, Disclosure, Drenge, and Jake Bugg.