Chatting with Colton Pack
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- "No matter how many no's you get, that one yes can change your life," said Colton Pack, West Virginia's up-and-coming country music star.
Pack gained national attention after his audition for "The X Factor" in September. Later on the show, judge Simon Cowell grouped him with two other male country singers -- Andrew Scholz and Zach Beeken -- to form the "country man band" Restless Road.
Beginning with his first performance on "The X Factor," news feeds on social media sites go berserk after his performances.
"I started singing when I was only 3 years old," Pack said. "I grew up singing in church. In the ninth grade, I started singing country music."
Restless Road made it to the top 16, the actual competition portion of the show, where they competed against three other groups, four male singers, four females and four acts over the age of 25. Many websites had them as frontrunners to win.
"My mom and dad have been my motivators through the show, mostly my mom," Pack said. "I wouldn't have even tried out if she hadn't forced me to. She wanted at least an audition. I had tried out for several shows before this and never made it, so I really didn't want to do another one.
"I always wanted to be big, but I never imagined to get to this point. It's incredible."
Unfortunately, on Dec. 12, Restless Road was sent home. That week, they performed a duet of The Police's "Every Breath You Take" with solo artist Jeff Gutt. The judges liked Restless Road, but Gutt -- who was eventually named runner-up -- got more votes.
Judge Kelly Rowland said, "Both were good, but 'The Gutt' killed it!"
The hard-to-please Cowell said, "Restless Road kept to their roots, looked great and did exactly what they should have done. The finals will not be the same without them."
The night of the elimination, Pack promised fans, " This is not the end of the road for us, guys. You will be seeing us in the future."
At the end of this interview, he said, "I want to thank everyone at home and everyone who voted. We wouldn't be here without you. It's incredible. I love you guys. Because of you all, I'm getting to live out my dream each and every single day."
Editor's note: After this story was published, Pack posted a note on his Twitter account that he is parting ways with Restless Road. It reads in part, "Prior to X Factor I was a solo artist. In my heart of hearts I have found it difficult to stray from what I feel is my true calling, a solo artist. We all have a specific path in life, and this is the path I truly feel I must walk. I want all the Roadies [Restless Road fans] to know that there is no other reason than this that brought me to my decision."