Forever In Your Mind with In Real Life and Asher Angel

Forever In Your Mind

After logging over 40 million views of videos from their debut EP, Emery, Ricky
and Liam are back with ‘Euphoric’ their new EP that showcases a more mature
sound and experimental beats while still honoring the familiar melodies of the
FIYM signature sound. They’ve spent the last 2 years selling out concerts across
the country and seeing their social media profile soar, the boys are ready to
continue their musical journey. Their 2016 debut EP, which featured the hit singles
“Hurricane,” “Enough About Me,” and “Compass,” spent 19 weeks
on Billboard’s Next Big Sound Chart and led to a string of milestones for the band.
Their single “Smooth” made it to number 1 on the Billboard emerging artist charts
and they performed for the nation on “Good Morning America”, “TRL” and “The
Today Show”. They toured the country opening for the likes of Fifth Harmony and
Demi Lovato on the Digi Tour and even had time to film a Disney Channel series,
“Road to the Roxy,” which chronicled the ramp up to their sold-out headline show
at L.A.’s famed Roxy nightclub. The band presented at the Radio Disney Music
Awards, and participated in Flo-Rida’s opening number at the 2016 Teen Choice
Awards. Wherever they go, FIYM draws attention for their unique and fearless
style. From the Billboard Awards, to the VMA’s to the AMA’s - GQ, Pret-AReporter
and other fashionistas have given the band props for their red carpet
successes.
Emery Kelly currently stars as Lucas Mendoza on the hit Netflix comedy ‘Alexa
and Katie’ streaming worldwide now.

In Real Life

Hollywood Records proudly introduces America’s band, In Real Life, the only boy band in history voted together by America.
“This is something we’ve all been dreaming of for years,” says Sergio Calderon, one of the five young men culled from many hopefuls on ABC’s competition series Boy Band. “This” is, of course, the spotlight focused on previously unknown talents Sergio, Michael Conor, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos and Brady Tutton — already familiar to viewers of that show, and now poised for greater stardom as In Real Life.
As individuals, the members of In Real Life — whose percolating, empowering debut single, “Eyes Closed,” was an instant Top Ten hit on iTunes — have back stories as varied and impressive as their skills. Cleveland native Michael, 18, started playing violin at six and later became transfixed by the hip-hop grooves and rhymes of Jay Z, Eminem and Nas. When presented with the opportunity to audition for Boy Band, Michael was reluctant at first. “I thought that there hadn’t really been rappers in boy bands, and I couldn’t wrap my head around how that could work,” he says. “But once we started rehearsing, I saw how that could bring something fresh to the group.”
19-year-old Drew, in contrast, “always knew I wanted to be on a TV competition show,” he says. Growing up in the Bronx, the son of musical parents — his dad DJ’d, while his mom sang in church — Drew “loved watching American Idol and The X Factor; I’d stand in front of the mirror practicing my audition. I actually did audition for a couple of shows, but each time I’d freak out and freeze up. I’ve always been nervous performing in front of a camera, and you’ll see that in my audition for Boy Band too. But through the competition I was able to come out of my shell,” inspired by master showmen such as Bruno Mars, Michael Buble and John Legend.
California native Sergio, 16, also cites church singing and contemporary pop stars, among them Shawn Mendes and Charlie Puth, as influences. The son of Mexican immigrants, Sergio is also an accomplished soccer player whose athletic prowess drew the interest of college recruiters. “But I made the decision to stick to music while watching a One Direction video,” he recalls. “They were playing Wembley Stadium, and I got chills seeing them. I thought, ‘I’ve got to do this.’”
Chance, who’s 19 and also from California, began singing with his late father, “who would write songs that my sister and I would sing.” Chance left school and earned his GED after sophomore year to join a band with a contract; when the band broke up, he became a certified emergency medical technician and planned to eventually work as a firefighter to support his own now-two-year-old daughter, Brooklyn, who watched Boy Band faithfully, looking up from her toys whenever her dad was featured. “But now my dream is coming true, and I’ll hopefully be able to take care of (Brooklyn) financially,” says Chance, who lists as his musical heroes Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake, as well as dad Albert Perez.
Brady, at 15, is the youngest member of In Real Life, though his resume hardly suggests inexperience. A classically trained singer who also listened to Adele, Ne-Yo, Luther Vandross and The Weeknd, Brady has worked professionally on TV and the stage, where his numerous credits include productions of The Sound of Music and Oliver! (in the title role). He was “a little skeptical” about fitting into a boy band “as a musical theater guy, so I spent weeks trying to get rid of my vibrato.” But acclaimed uberproducer Timbaland — one of the three “architects” who nurtured the contestants on Boy Band — advised him to keep it: “Timbaland liked that aspect, so it became about learning how to use it in the pop world.”
All the members of In Real Life cite the encouragement and advice offered by Boy Band’s host, singer Rita Ora and architects — Timbaland, Nick Carter and Emma Bunton, super producer and respective alumni of the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls — during the show’s vigorous selection process, which initially put 18 finalists in various assortments in search of the ideal group. “They’ve had a real impact on our lives,” says Chance. “I remember that Nick told us never to lose our hunger or become complacent, because we should always want to be better.”
Michael recalls Emma telling them “something that really stuck, which is that while you shouldn’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in, group chemistry is really important and you have to make sure everyone is happy and getting along.”
Drew was touched by Timbaland’s similar “words of wisdom. He told me, ‘You’re not going to be able to do everything by yourself. You won’t be able to do as much without the creative team around you.’ I’m going to keep that with me, because these guys have really become my brothers.”
Boy Band’s structure, Drew adds, helped forge that fraternal bond: “It’s not like other competition shows, where there’s only one winner. We were put into groups where we could work together like buddies; there wasn’t hatred or drama, because our goal was to make it together.”
Brady notes, “There were times when we had to compete against each other on the show - where it looked like it would have to be me or Chance, or me or Drew. We’re happy that stage is over.”
Plans for the future include a holiday single — an original song, to be released later this year — and eventually an album, which will showcase the group as creative artists as well as performers. “We’re all writers,” Chance notes; Michael has been crafting songs and raps since he was 11, and says, “I’m definitely looking forward to being able to incorporate that element.”
For now, the bandmates are both savoring their victory and staying humble. “Not long ago I was busking on the subway to make a quick buck,” says Drew. “I was just this kid from the Bronx playing handball, and now I’m in Los Angeles with these guys, going to the VMAs. It’s surreal. But I know that now I have to work even harder than before, to keep on pushing forward.”

Asher Angel

Asher Angel stars as popular Jonah Beck, the captain of the Space Otters (ultimate Frisbee) team at Jefferson Middle School, in Disney Channel's coming-of-age series, "Andi Mack."

Born on September 9, 2002, Angel began his career at age four in the feature film "Jolene." His television credits include "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn" and "Criminal Minds."

In addition to acting, Angel sings, plays and writes music and is pursuing it as part of his career aspirations.

Angel and his family split their time between his home state of Arizona, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Los Angeles, California. When he is not working, Angel enjoys both playing and watching sports.

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