These days many parents have the difficult task of balancing work in order to take care of their kids financially while also trying to squeeze in some quality time with them. Kids’ Health notes this is especially true for “tweens.” “Your preteen may act as if your guidance isn’t welcome or needed, and even seem embarrassed by you at times. This is when kids start to confide more in peers and request their space and privacy.”
However, this father from Norwich in the United Kingdom found the perfect way to bond with his 12-year-old son, Jack Goodacre, at a time in life when many children are pulling away from their parents. Tim Goodacre is a singer, songwriter, and music producer. The father-son duo share “a mutual passion for singing songwriting and guitars, and an unbreakable bond that can be clearly heard through their connection with music.”
When the dynamic duo took their original father-son song to Britain’s Got Talent, their music went from a passion project to becoming a nationwide sensation.
Tim Goodacre has been playing for a long time; however, Jack got his start with a tough crowd in the streets of Norwich, considered the capital of the East of England. At just 11 years old, he performed with his dad for passing shoppers as per the Eastern Daily Press. In 2017, he auditioned for The Voice Kids and wowed audiences with his rendering of Tom Petty’s “Free Falling” and performed a spontaneous guitar solo for Guns ‘N Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine.”
However, it was one thing to succeed in a children’s competition and quite another to go on to perform with his dad at Britain’s Got Talent, in front of all the judges and the show’s creator, Simon Cowell.
As they came up onstage, judge Alesha Dixon couldn’t help but comment on this little rock star, “aren’t you adorable,” and then went on to ask the duo about how they were feeling. Jack admitted to being a bit nervous but still said in excitement, “It’s my favorite thing to watch on TV, so it would be absolutely incredible to win.”
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For the choice of song, Tim and Jack took a calculated risk by playing their own song that they had written together rather than a well-known crowd pleaser. The song is called “The Lucky Ones” and talks about the heartache of losing loved ones. The Goodacre family had lost four members in the year before the show, including Tim’s grandad and mother, along with a nephew and a cousin, as per The Sun.
However the song doesn’t just focus on the loss; it also celebrates the living, as Jack explained to Simon Cowell. “It’s about how lucky we are to have what we have.” As Tim and Jack sang the chorus, “We’re The Lucky Ones / Only just begun / Others leave too young / But we’re the lucky ones,” Simon took notice of their beautiful harmonizing and the interplay of their acoustic guitar.
By the end of the song, judge Amanda Holden was barely able to fight back tears, later admitting that “I was a mess throughout the whole thing.” Meanwhile, Simon Cowell was the first from the judges’ panel leading the standing ovation. Just when it seemed like the judges were going to offer their feedback, Simon short-circuited it all.
Leaning across the panel, he chose action over words. “Tim, Jack, this says it all!” and hit the Golden Buzzer, sending the father and son into shock. “What a great song,” Simon told dad Jack, “it reminded me of my boy.”
Jack and Tim then went on to reach the finals of Britain’s Got Talent 2018 before being eliminated. However, they definitely won the hearts of the audience and embarked on a U.K.-wide tour in 2019. While they don’t know how long they will continue performing together, it’s safe to say they’ll always remember their Golden Buzzer.