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OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresPop rock, Reggae pop
Years active2012 (2012)–present
Associated actsSelena Gomez, MKTO, Jackson Guthy
  • Wesley Stromberg
  • Keaton Stromberg
Past membersDrew Chadwick
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OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
GenresPop rock, Reggae pop
Years active2012 (2012)–present
Associated actsSelena Gomez, MKTO, Jackson Guthy
  • Wesley Stromberg
  • Keaton Stromberg
Past membersDrew Chadwick

Emblem3 is an American pop rock/reggae band from Sequim, Washington, consisting of brothers Wesley Stromberg and Keaton Stromberg.[1] In 2013, they signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Records and Columbia Records after finishing fourth on the second season of The X Factor USA.[2] The original line-up of the group consisted of brothers Wesley Stromberg and Keaton Stromberg and former member Drew Chadwick.

Their first single after being signed, "Chloe (You're the One I Want)," was released on April 15, 2013,[3] and their debut album, entitled Nothing to Lose, was released on July 30, 2013.[4]


Early career

While attending middle school in Sequim, Washington, Drew Chadwick and Wesley Stromberg began doing sessions together. At the time, Keaton Stromberg, Wesley's brother was only nine[1] and was not a part of the band, but was working on his own home recordings and would watch Chadwick and Wesley work. While Wesley had moved to Huntington Beach with his girlfriend, Chadwick spent high school moving up and down the West Coast, eventually joining Wesley in Huntington Beach, California. Keaton enrolled in a nearby art school and moved to California to join them.[5] They released an album, Bite Your Lip and Take It under the name The American Scholars, which they produced in their basement.[1] After going through many names, the trio settled on "Emblem3" while in Huntington Beach. They performed locally along the Sunset Strip.

2012: The X Factor

In 2012, Emblem3 auditioned in San Francisco for the second season of The X Factor USA, singing an original song called "Sunset Blvd", written by Chadwick.[6] During bootcamp, they sang "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls and at judges' houses, they performed "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police. They were then selected to go on to live shows.[7]

Emblem3 performed "One Day" by Matisyahu during their first live show on October 31.[8] In addition they were selected as the first group to enter the top twelve by Simon Cowell. On the second live show on November 7, the group performed their version of "My Girl" by the Temptations and "California Gurls" by Katy Perry with "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction as the background track. After the second live show the group was ranked sixth based on the fan votes and made it to the next week's live shows. On the third live show, they performed "No One" by Alicia Keys and were ranked fourth by the fan votes moving on to week five. On the fourth live show on November 21, 2012, they performed "Secrets" by OneRepublic and were ranked again 4th by the American public. For the fifth live show, they performed "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees and were ranked third. On the sixth live show, the group performed two songs: the first one, chosen by their mentor, was "Just the Way You Are" by Bruno Mars; the second song, chosen by the fans in the Pepsi Challenge, was "Forever Young" by Alphaville. The group was once again ranked third overall by the fans' votes. In the semi-finals, they performed "Baby, I Love Your Way" by Peter Frampton as their own choice and "Hey Jude" by The Beatles as Cowell's choice. They were eliminated on the result show and placed fourth.[9]

Performances on The X Factor

Emblem3 performed the following songs on The X Factor:

ShowThemeSongOriginal artistOrderResult
AuditionFree choice"Sunset Blvd"Emblem3N/AThrough to bootcamp
Bootcamp 1Solo performance"Iris"Goo Goo DollsThrough to bootcamp 2
Bootcamp 2Group performanceNot AiredThrough to bootcamp 3
Bootcamp 3Duet performanceThrough to judges' houses
Judges' housesFree choice"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"The PoliceThrough to live shows
Week 1Made in America"One Day"Matisyahu16Saved by Simon Cowell
Week 2Songs from movies"My Girl/California Gurls/What Makes You Beautiful"The Temptations/Katy Perry/One Direction4Safe (6th)
Week 3Divas"No One"Alicia Keys11Safe (4th)
Week 4Giving Thanks"Secrets"OneRepublic3Safe (4th)
Week 5Number-ones"I'm a Believer"The Monkees8Safe (3rd)
Week 6Unplugged songs"Just the Way You Are"Bruno Mars2Safe (3rd)
Pepsi Challenge songs"Forever Young"Alphaville8
Semi-finalContestant's choice"Baby, I Love Your Way"Peter Frampton3Eliminated (4th)
No theme"Hey Jude"The Beatles7

2013–present: Nothing to Lose

The trio began to record their debut album, Nothing to Lose, in December 2012. It was released on July 30, 2013. The lead single from the album is "Chloe (You're the One I Want)". The second single off the album was "3000 Miles".[10] They also toured to promote their music in their "Goin' Back to Cali Tour" that took place in April 2013.[11]

Emblem3 became the opening act for Selena Gomez on her Stars Dance Tour that began in August 2013.[5]

On December 5, 2013, Emblem3 had their homecoming performance on X Factor, singing "Just for One Day." After their performance, they announced their first national headlining tour, "#Bandlife."

Emblem3 released their first EP titled Songs from the Couch, Vol. I on June 2, 2014 independently.[12]

On June 20, 2014, the band announced on their website that band member Drew Chadwick was leaving the band to pursue a solo career.[13]


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
Nothing to Lose76821

Extended Plays

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
Songs from the Couch, Vol. 15322


YearSinglePeak chart positionsSalesAlbum
2013"Chloe (You're the One I Want)"9326677258793Nothing to Lose
"3000 Miles"83


Current members

Past members

Awards and nominations

2013Teen Choice AwardsChoice Music: Breakout GroupEmblem3Won
Teen Icon AwardsIcon of TomorrowNominated
Iconic VinerWesley Stromberg
Capricho AwardsGato Internacional (International Cutie)Drew Chadwick
Melhor Show no Brasil (Best Show in Brazil)Emblem3
Revelação Internacional (International Development)
2014Radio Disney Music AwardsBest Crush Song - XOXO"Chloe (You're the One I Want)"
Best Music Group - They're the OneEmblem3


The group also performed at multiple festivals throughout the year such as Z-Fest (Brazil), Kiss Concert (Boston, MA), various holiday concerts, Spring Break Portugal etc.

The group is also scheduled to perform at music festivals and concert series throughout the summer such as Ramapo Summer Concert Series (NY) etc.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Emblem3 – Discover music, concerts, stats, & pictures at Last.fm". Last.fm. 2013. 
  2. ^ "‘X Factor’ Group Emblem 3 Officially Releasing An Album In 2013". Penske Media Corporation. January 9, 2013. 
  3. ^ Yandoli, Krystie (April 15, 2013). "Emblem3 Releases New Single, ‘Chloe (You're The One I Want)' (LISTEN)". Huffington Post. 
  4. ^ "OK! Exclusive: See Emblem3′S Deluxe Album Cover And Track Listing For ‘Nothing To Lose!’". OK! magazine. June 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Stewart, Allison. "Emblem3 came out big winners by losing 'X Factor'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Emblem 3's First Audition - Sunset Boulevard - Emblem 3 video - Fanpop
  7. ^ The X Factor On Fox - Videos
  8. ^ 'X Factor': Emblem3's First Live Show Performance
  9. ^ 'X Factor' 2012 elimination recap: Emblem3 falls short of the finals | NJ.com
  10. ^ Schillaci, Sophie (July 17, 2013). "Emblem3 Sets 'Nothing to Lose' Release Date Ahead of Selena Gomez Tour (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  11. ^ a b Emblem3 is Goin' Back 2 Cali! : Emblem 3
  12. ^ a b "Songs From the Couch, Vol. I". iTunes. June 2, 2014. 
  13. ^ http://emblem3.com/news/215833
  14. ^ "Emblem3 Tour Dates Immediately Sell Out" (4 March 2013). Sony Columbia Records. Retrieved 30 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Robin Thicke Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200". Billboard magazine. August 7, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  16. ^ Lopez, Korina (October 10, 2013). "On the Verge: Emblem3 makes its mark in mainstream". USA Today. 
  17. ^ "E3 East Coast Dates Sell Out". Emblem3. 2013-09-24. 
  18. ^ Selena Gomez Welcomes Emblem3 & Christina Grimmie as Openers on Stars Dance Tour : Selena Gomez

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