Craig and Brian MacDonald were born and raised in Ayr, Scotland. They started their musical journey when they were very young. The lads were off to music classes for the traditional Scottish instruments of accordion and fiddle at the early ages of 5 and 6. As a result of skillful practice on their instruments, both of them won a clutch of awards and on their way to becoming musical virtuosos playing accordion, violin, piano and guitar between them.
It wasn’t until the age of 15 when Craig discovered his new passion of singing and entered the school talent shows impersonating his idol Freddie Mercury. Craig and Brian formed their own duo “The MacDonald Bros” and began performing all over Scotland at parties, weddings and ceilidhs, crafting their unique blend of vocals and musicianship. Their claim to fame and highlight at that stage was performing for movie star Hugh Grant!
After many years of non stop performances, it wasn’t until in 2006 when they received their lucky break………
“The Scott pop duo of Craig and Brian MacDonald has taken the Scottish music scene by storm, since they burst into the public eye in 2006 as finalists in Simon Cowell’s monster UK television show, X Factor.”
As a result of hard work, the MacDonald Bros achieved spectacular success, with their debut album, produced by former Bay City Roller, Stuart “Woody” Wood rocketing into the UK charts securing their first top 20 album. In fact, their debut recording made pop history as the first album on a Scottish Independent record label to land at number one on the Scottish album charts.
The pace never stopped for the MacDonald Bros, having released 5 albums in the UK under Scottish independent record label “The Music Kitchen” and an album in Australia. Add to this four headlining tours of Scotland and a pair of UK tours in support of Irish superstars WESTLIFE contributed to an incredible few years.
To make their lives even more surreal, The MacDonald Bros have had the opportunity to record a previously unreleased song written by their childhood hero, Sir Elton John that featured on their second album “The World Outside.”
In 2012 Craig and Brian signed a long term management and recording agreement with Hong Kong-based music company, Evolution. With a clutch of new original songs and some cover versions Craig & Brian set out to Nashville Tennessee to record their brand new album in Oceanway Studios with some of the finest session players in town. The album was released late 2012, supported with a major promotional tour of Asia.