Boy Band Winners In Real Life Announce Split for Solo Careers

BOY BAND - Hollywood Records has signed "In Real Life," the brand-new group comprised of the final five boys who received America's vote on ABC's hit show "Boy Band." (Hollywood Records) MICHAEL CONOR, CHANCE PEREZ, SERGIO CALDERON, BRADY TUTTON, DREW RAMOS

The ABC singing competition, Boy Band lasted only one season, airing during the summer of 2017. But it did produce a winning group, In Real Life, that were given a real record deal and some radio support. However, more that two years later, the group is calling it quits.

“The last two and a half years have been a life changing experience for us,” the band writes on Instagram. “We have gone on six tours, had a billboard charting single on the radio, and dropped our debut album last year.”

According to Billboard, In Real Life released their debut album, She Do in 2019. From the album, the single “Tattoo (How ‘Bout You)” peaked at No. 29 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart dated June 8, 2018.

“From the success of In Real Life, each of us individually have received some incredible opportunities that we believe we must take,” continues the Instagram announcement. “As we begin this new decade, it is our decision to take up those opportunities, and see what success may come out of them.”

The boys ask their fans to support their solo careers: “Just as you have supported the group these past couple years, we request the same love from our family for each member of our band.”

And they promise it’s not the end of the group. Narrator: except it most likely is. “This is not goodbye from In Real Life forever, it’s just what we believe is right for this moment.”

They end the message: “We love you all, and look forward to seeing you this year.”

Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Michael Conor and Sergio Calderon survived 10 weeks of competition in the summer of 2017 to emerge as the winners of the ABC music competition, Boy Band. Ultimately, as members of the singing group, In Real Life, they signed a recording deal with Disney’s Hollywood Records. ABC did not renew Boy Band after its inaugural season. Ultimately, the network threw its lot in with the legacy competition, American Idol, which premiered on the network the following spring (2018).

Probably what this announcement boils down to: We parted ways with Hollywood Records. We gave it a shot. It’s time to move on. 

Check out In Real Life’s announcement below.

In Real Life – Tattoo (How ‘Bout You) (Official Video)


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