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Tifton native wins on NBC show the "Sing-Off"

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A Tifton native wins big on an NBC singing competition.  

"It just doesn't seem real, more than anything it just doesn't seem real yet, it just doesn't," said Austin Brown.    

That's how Austin Brown feels after his big win on the NBC hit show the "Sing-Off." Brown is one fifth of the  a cappella singing group Home Free. After auditioning, the group was asked to be on the show in May. Brown says their goal was to make it to the first round.  

"It's so surreal because we went there and there were so many amazing groups there and we got there and we felt like the underdog. We felt like we shouldn't even be there because the level of talent was unbelievable," said Brown.  

Brown says the show was filmed over a couple of months this past summer with a very rigorous schedule.  

"It's working twelve to fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, we had no breaks, we just kept pushing through. It's almost like running a marathon, but we're singing right," said Brown.      

The 27-year-old says singing has always been in his blood. Traveling around the Southeast with his father's gospel quartet and joining music theatre in high school. Brown says he didn't hone his a cappella skills until college and joined Home Free a year ago after meeting the group on a cruise ship as a featured singer.  

"One of their members actually retired. He had a daughter and a wife to go home to so they needed someone and it was a combination of being in the right place at the right time," said Brown.    

Brown says he couldn't have gotten through the process without the love and support from his family and South Georgia community. Home Free plans to release their new album "Crazy Life" in mid January.  

"Our goal is to try and get on the radio. That's our ultimate goal because if we get there then that opens up so many other doors," said Brown.    

Home Free won $100,000 and signed a contract with Sony Records. Home Free will perform in Tifton in June. They will also go on tour with the other groups in the Sing-Off competition in mid February to the end of March.

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