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Chance Nickolas Perez (born November 10, 1997) is an American singer-songwriter, model, and actor. He was part of the boy band, In Real Life, from 2017-2020. He released his debut solo single, "Can't Trust Summer," in 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

Perez and his father.

Perez was born on November 10, 1997, to Shawnee Lanee Perez (née Brown; born September 28, 1969) and Albert Louie Perez Jr. (August 12, 1969-March 18, 2006). 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]

Career

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," posted to YouTube in July 2014, and performed an original song titled "Janet Jackson."[4] After the birth of his daughter, Perez departed from the group, and became a certified emergency medical technician to eventually work as a firefighter, in hopes to become financially stable.

Some time in 2016, Perez formed the band, The WVKE, with Jordan Perez and Tyler Reardon. They appeared as contestants in the 11th season 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.[5]

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.[6][7] 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. He, along with Tutton, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Michael Conor, 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."[8]

In January 2020, the band announced an indefinite hiatus, all pursuing solo ventures.

2020-present: Power Rangers Dino Fury and music

Since the split of IRL, he started writing and going to the studio, figuring out his musical style as a solo artist. He sent in self-tapes for acting roles, and in October 2020, publicly announced that he was cast as the Black Ranger in the television program, Power Rangers Dino Fury, which he kept as a secret for months.[9][10] It was his debut role in acting, and filmed in New Zealand. He was featured in Deerock and Wyle's single, "Bad," which was released in April 2021. Later that year, his three singles "Can't Trust Summer," "Stay Golden," and "Cherry" were released.

Music style and influences

Perez has cited his musical influences to be Michael Jackson, Harry Styles, 1975, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, and Jon Bellion.[11] His father was his greatest inspiration to start singing.[6]

Personal life

In an interview, Perez stated his ethnicity to be Native American, Mexican, and Caucasian.[12]

Chance and Emma (photo by @itsmelrey)

“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.”
― Chance Perez[13]

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, 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.[14] In 2020, they revealed of getting back together, and are currently engaged. They are known as 'Chemma' within the fandom.

Tattoos

As of 2020, 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.

Discography

Singles

As lead artist

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

As featured artist

Title Year Album
"Bad"
(Deerock and Wyle featuring Chance Perez)
2021 Non-album single

Music videos

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

Filmography

Television

Title Year Role Notes
Boy Band 2017 Himself 10 episodes
Power Rangers Dino Fury 2021 Black Dino Fury Ranger 2 seasons

Quotes

“Everyone thinks differently
Everyone sees things differently
Remember that.”
― Chance Perez (@chanceperez), May 18, 2018
“Hi, I'm Chance Perez. And my perfect date will depend on what you will like. What your interests are. What you appreciate; and I will appreciate you while taking [you to] the places that you love.”
― YouTube video[20]
“My mom has always been there for me. She has given me so much love and wisdom in my life. When my dad passed away in 2006, she had to raise me and my two sisters by herself. Whenever people asked her what she did, how she got through it, she would tell them that she put it in God's hands. Whenever I would have doubts, worries, strife, hardships, I ask her for advice. Every time, since I was little up until now, she tells me to give it to God.

I always have, and I always will. Thank you mom. I love you ❤️ Fun fact: that's my moms handwriting ☺️”
― Explaining his tattoo[19]

“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."”
― Q&A video[21]
“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.”
― Naming his favorite Disney princess[22]


Trivia

★ His height is 5'10''.

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

★ His favorite food is sushi.[20]

★ 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 he had a Snapchat account called "johnnyohm."[23]

Gallery

Main article: Chance Perez/Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Boy Band Cast: Chance Perez"
  2. "Chance Perez". Twitter. May 29, 2014.
  3. "In Real Life". Summerfest. Retrieved 2018.
  4. "The Boy Band Project". NewWest Press. April 17, 2015.
  5. March 18, 2016
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mastrogiannis, Nicole (October 5, 2017). "INTERVIEW: In Real Life on Becoming America's New Boy Band & More". iHeart.
  7. Broomall, Colleen (October 2019). "Exclusive IRL All-Access". Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  8. @Major Model (January 26, 2019). "Happy to Announce we are now representing...". Instagram. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  9. "Chance Perez Talks Being A Power Ranger, Solo Career, New Music & More!". YouTube. November 24, 2020.
  10. "Chance Perez". Twitter. October 31, 2020.
  11. Roberts, Nathaniel (August 13, 2021). "Chance Perez". Bello.
  12. "In Real Life Talk Celebrity Crushes & CRAZY AF". YouTube. June 8, 2019.
  13. "Chance Perez Talks about his Past - Clip" | Boy Band. YouTube. June 29, 2017.
  14. "Meet Chance Perez | Boy Band". YouTube. June 22, 2017.
  15. "Chance Perez". Twitter. November 9, 2014.
  16. "Chance Perez". Twitter. December 6, 2014.
  17. "Chance Perez". Twitter. November 16, 2015.
  18. "Chance Perez". Twitter. November 6, 2016.
  19. 19.0 19.1 @chance (May 29, 2018). "My mom has always been there for me...". Instagram. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  20. 20.0 20.1 "Justine Magazine: "Get to Know the "Boy Band" Top 8 Finalists! They Talk Dates, Food & More!"". YouTube. August 23, 2017.
  21. "Q&A with Chance Perez on IG Live". YouTube. January 25, 2019.
  22. "Chance Perez" (livestream). Instagram. February 14, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  23. "Stage name "Johnny Freedom"...". Instagram. July 18, 2017.

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