In Real Life (also referred to as IRL) was an American boy band that formed in August 2017, composed of Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Conor Michael Smith. They were signed on with Johnny Wright's Wright Entertainment Group (WEG).
In Real Life reached the top 10 on the iTunes charts with their first single, "Eyes Closed". Their song "Tattoo (How 'Bout You)" reached number 29 on the pop charts and their "Tonight Belongs to You" music video reached 2 million views in less than a week. In June 2019 their single "Crazy AF" reached top 40 on pop radio. Their debut studio album She Do was released a day before their 2-year anniversary on August 23, 2019.
In 2017, the five were assembled on a reality television singing competition, Boy Band. The show premiered June 2017 on ABC with hostess Rita Ora, and "architects" Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter, the Spice Girls' Emma Bunton, and Timbaland. The 10-episode season began with 30 young male vocalists competing to become a member of the new five-piece boy band. Each week, the boys would rotate into different groups and perform, and at the end, the "architects" would put either two or three boys up for elimination. Through live voting, a boy would be saved by America. At the end of the season, the final five remaining boys would form the boy band and receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records. After a 24-hour voting period the week before, it was announced at the final live show on August 24, 2017 that Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Michael Conor were the winning members and formed In Real Life. There, they performed their debut single, "Eyes Closed". In Real Life's first holiday EP, Feel This Christmas ⧸ I'll Be Home For Christmas was released in early November, and they performed on Good Morning America in December.
The group's first 2018 single "Tattoo (How 'Bout You)" (February) reached 29 on the pop charts and they appeared on the shows Live with Kelly and Ryan and Jimmy Kimmel Live! that same month. In April "How Badly" was released, their first foray into the mix of Spanish and English lyrics, and they performed it on the show ¡Despierta América!. "Tonight Belongs to You" was released in July and "Got Me Good" in September, the former attaining two million views for the music video in less than a week. In May 2018, it was announced that In Real Life would open in a supporting slot on the 2018 American Idol summer tour, and later they embarked on their first headlining and international concert tour near the end, Tonight Belongs to You, from October to November 2018.
In 2019, their singles "Crazy AF", "Somebody Like You", and "Hurt for Long" were released. On August 9, 2019, they announced their debut album She Do to be released a day before they became a band on August 23rd. It included their previously released singles along with three new songs, one of them which the album was named after. In October they embarked on their second headlining tour across the U.S, the For U Tour. Later in November the same year they released their holiday single "California Christmas" through their independent label, Broke Hero Records, after finishing their contract with Hollywood Records.
On January 20, 2020, the group announced over their social media that the five of them would be moving forward as solo artists, being on hiatus. Their message stated:
"Lifelines, - The last two and a half years have been a life changing experience for us. We have gone on six tours, had a billboard charting single on the radio, and dropped our debut album last year. Through all of this, we have gotten a chance to live our dreams, grow closer as brothers as we build an even greater family, our fans. From the hours you all have spent promoting our singles, to camping out days before our shows, you have always been there for us. From the success of In Real Life, each of us individually have received some incredible opportunities that we believe we must take. As we begin this new decade, it is our decision to take up those opportunities, and see what success may come out of them. Each of us possesses a unique talent that we would love to share with the world, so with that being said, we will be starting a new journey as five solo artists. 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. This is not goodbye from “In Real Life” forever, it’s just what we believe is right for this moment. We love you all, and look forward to seeing you this year."
- Brady Tutton (2017-present)
- Chance Perez (2017-present)
- Drew Ramos (2017-present)
- Sergio Calderon (2017-present)
- Conor Michael Smith (2017-present)
• Released: August 2019
|Title||Extended play details|
|Feel This Christmas ⧸ I'll Be Home For Christmas|
• Released: November 2017
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Eyes Closed"||2017||—||She Do|
|"Tattoo (How 'Bout You)"||2018||13|
|"Tonight Belongs to You"||10|
|"Got Me Good"||16|
|"Somebody Like You"||25|
|"Hurt for Long"||39|
|"California Christmas"||38||Non-album single|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.|
|"Eyes Closed"||2017||George Nienhuis|
|"I'll Be Home For Christmas"||—|
|"Tattoo (How 'Bout You)"||2018||—|
|"Tonight Belongs to You"||—|
|"She Do"||Bryson Roatch|
|"Don't Go"||NessCity Studios and In Real Life|
|2017||Boy Band||Themselves (contestants)||Season 1|
- American Idol Tour (2018)
Trivia is listed purely for entertainment value, but may not represent the answers of each member to this day.
★ 4/5 of the members were scouted on Boy Band, but Brady signed up, thinking it was a scripted series.
★ When thinking of the band name, they came up with ones and chose their favorite.
★ Over a Twitter poll, the options for the fandom name were "Lifelines", "Realists", or "Other". 4/5 preferred the first option while Brady argued for the "Realists". The poll ended with 54% in favor for Lifelines.
★ In Real Life have met Niall Horan, Logic, Liam Payne, Becky G, Camila Cabello, Wiz Khalifa, Dua Lipa, Meghan Trainor, Alessia Cara, and Shawn Mendes.
★ They all want matching tattoos someday.
★ When dressed for Starlight Children's Foundation in 2017 for Halloween, they all went as superheroes.
★ When asking who they’d date in the band if they were a girl, Brady and Drew chose Sergio and Conor chose Chance.
★ Their favorite Christmas songs are: "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (Brady), "Baby It’s Cold Outside" (Chance), "Jingle Bell Rock" (Conor), and "Little Drummer Boy" (Sergio).
★ When asked who would play them in a Movie, they replied: Ryan Gosling (Brady), Zac Efron (Chance), Leonardo di Caprio (Drew), Robert Pattinson (Conor), and Bruno Mars (Sergio).
★ If In Real Life were an animal, they would choose: a dolphin (Brady), pterodactyl (Chance), a unicorn (Drew), a bird (Conor) and a dog (Sergio).
★ Conor, Chance, and Brady are huge Harry Potter fans.
★ No one in the band wrote a song to impress a girl, or laughed so hard they peed.
★ Drew and Sergio are the only ones in the band who have not skinny dipped.
★ They all cheated on a test, texted to a wrong person and broken a bone.
★ One of the artists that the band collectively look up to is Jon Bellion.
★ The band would rather be Santa's reindeer than Santa's elves.
★ According to their band mates, Sergio is the class clown, Brady is the little brother, Chance is most likely to be Calvin Klein model, Drew is the nerd, and Conor is the messiest.
★ In Real Life went to Main Event, which had a Virtual Reality place.
★ Drew and Chance are most likely to slide into a celebrity's DMs.
★ Their favorite film was: Good Will Hunting (Brady), The Goonies (Chance), Stepbrothers (Drew), High School Musical (Sergio) and The Sandlot (Conor).
★ Their favorite candy: Brady (Snickers), Chance (Sweet and Sour), Drew (Sour patch watermelon), Sergio (Reeses pieces), Conor (hi-chews).
★ One of the most funniest things that happened to them was on the first day of their tour. They had their mike packs in their ears, but were unaware that the music wasn't playing out to the crowd. They continued performing until Brady realized what was happening.
★ In Real Life essentials for tour life are: Red bulls, bathroom essentials, PlayStation, and laundry (underwear and socks).
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