DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A lifetime of hardship is changing for twin brothers from Delray Beach who made it to "The X Factor" stage.
The boys went from living on the street to performing for Simon Cowell within a year.
Finding harmony in a song comes second nature for twin brothers, Rashad and Tashad Gardenhire. It was life that was troubling.
In and out of the foster care system, the 20-year-olds were homeless just last year. "I said don't worry. We're gonna get through this. We have to get through this," they said.
Months later, the two were auditioning for "The X Factor". A familiar face, Rashad's third grade teacher, helped them get there. "My husband wanted to do it. Let's make sure they go to 'The X-Factor', and don't get in trouble in the streets," she said.
The boys went on the show and got a yes from all four judges, but a problem from their past held them back.
"The X Factor" did a background check, and found Rashad had unpaid traffic tickets -- enough of a record to keep them from continuing on the show. "We were at square one again," said Tashad. "With 'The X-Factor' all of our eggs were in one basket."
"It was hard; they were crushed," said their teacher. "But feet forward, head up."
Days later, the Delray Beach Arts Garage called them up and offered them an opportunity to perform.
Never mind the size of the stage, the boys were elated. "It's a stage, and when I saw it, I said, 'I wanna be on that stage,'" said the brothers.
"I think they're happier now," said their teacher. "They're building a life and doing music day in and day out."
The twins are headlining their first concert Thursday night at the Arts Garage.