Two years ago, ABC searched for the next boy band on their show aptly titled, Boy Band. Young talent across the U.S. auditioned and competed each week on TV until the final five guys were picked.
The chosen ones: Chance Perez, Brady Tutton, Sergio Calderon, Jr., Drew Ramos, and Michael Conor (who now goes by Conor Michael Smith) instantly became In Real Life or IRL for short, and dropped their debut single “Eyes Closed” on the finale.
Since then, In Real Life have been performing, keeping up with their devoted fans on social media, and they released their debut album She Do this summer.
Earlier this month, IRL embarked on their headlining For U tour. StarShine’s editor, Sandy Lo caught up with the band backstage before their New York City show to ask them a few questions from our readers along with a few of our own.
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Sandy Lo is an author, blogger, journalist, and digital strategist. Her personal story is inspiring. Sandy started StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees.