And so he feels bad for all the times he called her up and made her cry. And he feels really lucky that her husband doesn't hate him. He just wanted to "create fantastic easy-listening opuses with [his] sister," but things got out of hand. "I think I do okay on the writing-and-producing-songs front but as far as strategy for success? I'm pretty self-defeating," he admits.
Which is an odd statement for a young pop genius poised suddenly on the brink of success.
But see, aside from everything else, there's this simple belief, held by both Paul McAdams and Paul Layton, reaffirmed by listeners, and clung to so tightly it could incinerate: "Our voices blend really well together."
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