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Celebrating a decade of music making should be an easy task, but for The Overtones, their celebration has been mixed with grief.

After the death of their bandmate in 2018, the four have been working hard, not only to overcome the challenges they have faced but to release their new album too.

“The last year has been incredibly hard for us, but things like this bring you closer together…”

Their careers started while painting shops in London, and from there they have quickly become one of the UK’s most loved groups – with four top ten albums and sold-out tours, they continue to entertain and to follow their passion: making great music.

LISTEN: The Overtones: Recovery

Forces Radio BFBS broadcaster Adam Richardson explores their story, ambitions and losses in a one-hour original music special: ‘The Overtones: Recovery’.

We hear stories from their early days, their journey and find out what may have been if their lucky break had not have arrived.

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The Overtones came into existence after friends Mike Crawshaw, Darren Everest, Timmy Matley, and Mark Franks decided to take their love for singing further and audition for the X Factor in 2009, as Lexi Joe. They did not make it to the live shows stage.

After their time on the X Factor, Timmy introduced the boys to Australian actor Lockie Chapman who had a similar taste in music. It was then that The Overtones were formed as a five-piece band.

Darren suggested starting a painting and decorating company so they could practice together while earning a wage. The band were discovered by a talent scout while singing Billy Joel’s "The Longest Time" while decorating a shop near Oxford Street in London.

“We were going into a place and we were having a little sing outside on the street, waiting for the staff to leave for the day, and we got chatting to a woman.

"It led to a meeting at Warner Brothers.”

In 2018 The Overtones experienced further success with the release of their self titled sixth album, but also loss with the death of bandmate Timmy Matley in April that year.

“I think it was logical for us to start the grieving process by supporting each other, and the only way we know how is through music…”

In this Forces Radio BFBS music special, we discover how they have coped, and what they plan to do next.