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Everyone thinks differently
Everyone sees things differently
Remember that.

― Chance Perez (@chanceperez), May 18, 2018

Chance Nickolas Perez (born November 10, 1997) is an American singer-songwriter, model, and actor. He was affiliated with the boy band, In Real Life. He released his debut solo single, "Can't Trust Summer", in August 2021.

Raised in California, Perez has harbored a deep passion for music since he was a child. He was inspired by his father, a musician himself, whom Perez lost when he was only eight years old. He has cited his father to be his greatest inspiration.

Early life and education

Chance Nickolas Perez was born on November 10, 1997 to Shawnee Lanee Perez (née Brown) and Albert Louie Perez Jr. He has two sisters: Aspen Kaye Perez (born January 4, 1995) and Presley Kaye Perez (born February 25, 2002). They lived in a small apartment when Chance was growing up, and his father would sing to him and his sister.[1] When he was eight years old, his father died from kidney cancer and the family faced several difficulties. His mother raised him and his sisters by herself.

Perez attended and graduated from Los Alamitos High School. He admitted he fell asleep during most classes.[2] Graduating high school early, he was not able to receive a class ring, so his mother gave him his father's blue class ring.[1]


2014-2016: The Boyband Project and America's Got Talent

Perez was in a band from 2014-2015 called The Boyband Project with four other members: Jordan Perez, Aaron Pierce, Tyler Reardon and Colton Stevens. He was still in his teens at that time, earning his GED after his sophomore year.[3] They covered several songs, including Ed Sheeran's "Give Me Love", which was posted on YouTube (July 2014) and released a original single titled "Janet Jackson".[4] After the birth of his daughter, Perez departed from the band and became a certified emergency medical technician to eventually work as a firefighter.

Later in 2016, Perez formed the band, "The WVKE", with Jordan Perez and Tyler Reardon. They appeared as contestants in the season 11 of NBC’s America's Got Talent. In the audition phase, they were buzzed by the judges Howie Mandel and Heidi Klum but received criticism from Simon Cowell, which ultimately led to their elimination.

2017-2020: In Real Life

In 2017, Perez auditioned for ABC's Boy Band, a new music competition show produced by Matador Content. Before then, his choir director suggested for him to appear in an episode of the Steve Harvey show as a backup singer. There, he was approached by one of the casting agents of Boy Band and at first declined, but was convinced by his friends and family to participate.[5][6] He sang Queen's "Somebody to Love" and immediately caught the attention of the three judges, Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, the Spice Girls' Emma Bunton and Timbaland. Like fellow bandmate Brady Tutton, he was never put up for elimination. He, along with Tutton, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Conor Smith, were announced the winners and signed with Hollywood Records as In Real Life.

On January 26, 2019, Major Model Management announced over their Instagram account of representing Perez, to which he responded, "So happy to say that I'm being represented by @majormodelsny Never done this before, but I'm excited for what's to come! Thank you for giving me the opportunity."[7]

In January 2020, the band announced going on a hiatus, all still pursuing their solo careers.

2020-present: Acting and music

Over social media, Perez announced that he has been cast as the Black Dino Fury Ranger in the television series, Power Rangers Dino Fury, which he kept as a secret for months.[8] It is his debut role in acting. In 2021, his two singles, "Can't Trust Summer" and "Stay Golden", were released.

Music style and influences

Perez has cited the Jackson 5 to be his musical influence along with Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, and Jon Bellion. His father was his greatest inspiration to start singing.[5]

Personal life

"There was troubles, you know, in our relationship with my daughter's mom. I was thinking my heart - I didn't know what to do differently, because you know, we were young. When we split I didn't really let myself feel anything, and... I just kind of accepted that it happened, and it took me two months to even try to do anything about it. And by that time it was too late. You know, I just kind of blocked that out."[9]

Perez dated Emma Smith during high school. He was 17 and Smith was 16 at the time when she became pregnant. She later gave birth to their daughter, whom they named Brooklyn Louise Smith (born July 10, 2015). After that, the priorities in Perez's life began to change. Perez has 50% custody of Brooklyn and has a close relationship with Brooklyn's mother.[10] As time went on, in 2020, they publicly revealed their relationship, getting back together. They are known as 'Chemma' in the fandom.



Title Year Album
"Can't Trust Summer" 2021 Non-album single
"Stay Golden" 2021 Non-album single

Music videos

Title Year Director Original Artist(s)
"How Much" 2019 Frank Borin Brianna Mazzola



Year Title Role Notes
2017 Boy Band Himself 10 episodes
2021 Power Rangers Dino Fury Black Dino Fury Ranger


  • "Hi, I'm Chance Perez. And my perfect date will depend on what you would like. What your interests are. What you appreciate; and I will appreciate you while taking you the places you love."[11]
  • "If you drink hair spray, it's good for you."
  • Brooke Morrison: "If two vegans argue, is it still considered beef?"
    Chance: "No, it's gotta be really rough tofu or something."[12]
  • "My favorite princess? Mulan, she saved China. I mean, Snow White is cool and all, she's the fairest in the land, good for her, but Mulan saved China. So... beat that."[13]


★ His height is 5'10.

★ Over an Instagram livestream, Chance revealed his name would have been "Jet".

★ His favorite food is sushi.

★ His favorite ice cream is strawberry.

★ His favorite meal is the meal after the gym.

★ His favorite school subjects are P.E. and Show Choir.

★ His biggest fear is spiders — he is allergic to them, being bitten by them twice.

★ His prized possession is his dad's class ring.

★ His stage name is "Johnny Freedom" and had a Snapchat account called "johnnyohm".[14]


He has six known tattoos: A rose tattoo with the letter 'B' and the birthdate both for his daughter, a microphone and flower for his father, the moon and poppy for his grandmother, and one that his mother wrote, which says: "In the hands of God." The last one is a dove, which he said was for himself, representing positivity.


Main article: Chance Perez/Gallery


  1. 1.0 1.1 Boy Band Cast: Chance Perez
  2. Chance Perez (May 29, 2014). (Tweet).
  3. In Real Life. Summerfest. Retrieved 2018.
  4. "The Boy Band Project". NewWest Press. April 17, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mastrogiannis, Nicole. "INTERVIEW: In Real Life on Becoming America's New Boy Band & More". October 5, 2017.
  6. Colleen Broomall (October 2019). "Exclusive IRL All-Access". Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  7. @Major Model (January 26, 2019). "Happy to Announce we are now representing..."). Retrieved January 29, 2019 — via Instagram.
  8. Chance Perez (31 October 2020). (Tweet).
  9. "Chance Perez Talks about his Past - Clip" | Boy Band. June 29, 2017.
  10. Meet Chance Perez | Boy Band. June 22, 2017.
  11. Justine Magazine: "Get to Know the "Boy Band" Top 8 Finalists! They Talk Dates, Food & More!". August 23, 2017.
  12. "Q&A with Chance Perez on IG Live". January 25, 2019.
  13. Chance Perez (February 14, 2019). Instagram livestream. Retrieved February 16, 2019 — via Instagram.
  14. Chance Perez (July 18, 2017). "Stage name "Johnny Freedom"...". Retrieved 2018 — via Instagram.
  15. Chance Perez (November 9, 2014). (Tweet).
  16. Chance Perez (December 6, 2014). (Tweet).
  17. Chance Perez (November 16, 2015). (Tweet).
  18. Chance Perez (November 6, 2016). (Tweet).
  19. Chance Perez (May 29, 2018). "My mom has always been there for me...". Retrieved May 31, 2019 — via Instagram.
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