O-Town’s story began in 1999 when ABC-TV produced the very first musical reality show in major network history.“ Making the Band” was produced in conjunction with Lou Pearlman, creator of both the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. The show chronicled the creation, development, and rise to success of O-Town throughout three seasons of the series, the first two on ABC and the final season on MTV. The group became the first to be signed by Clive Davis to his label J Records and released two full-length albums. The band’s self-tiled album was certified platinum in both the US and Canada selling over two million copies worldwide. The album included #1 singles, “Liquid Dreams” and “All or Nothing”; the latter was nominated for “Song of the Year” at the Radio Music Awards in 2001.
By 2003, O-Town found itself amidst an industry that was beginning to experience dramatic changes. Former mentor Lou Pearlman’s legal troubles, as well as a complex contract, left the group in dire financial straits. “We really had little choice but to close up shop at that point”, explains band member Jacob Underwood. “We learned so much during those 4 years, but it was obvious the time had come to walk away, hoping we could do it again one day, differently”.
Reunited in 2014, band members Jacob Underwood, Trevor Penick, Dan Miller and Erik Michael Estrada released their third studio album, “Lines & Circles”, and set out on a national tour for the first time in 10 years. They spent the summer of 2016 on the MY2K Tour, with artists 98 Degrees, Ryan Cabrera, and Dream. They also performed alongside New Kids on The Block, Boyz ll Men and Paula Abdul at the 5th Mixtape Festival, held in July 2016 in Hershey, PA. Additionally, the group made its acting debut starring in Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter’s cult film, “Dead 7”, amongst members of all of the generation’s biggest boy bands. The film premiered on the Sy-Fy channel.
After touring for the last three years and realizing the incredible support of their loyal fans, the band felt they could produce their next album free of any major label, and could rely solely on their fans for funding. In October 2016, the group launched a Kickstarter campaign to do just that; the campaign was so successful that they met their initial goal of $47,500 within the first 7 hours. At the end of the 30-day campaign, they had nearly doubled that goal, proving their loyal fan base will continue to support them as they pursue new musical endeavors.
O-Town is now preparing to release their fourth studio album with Pacific Records, which will be split into 2 EPs, as they continue to perform with a series of tour dates that include select stops on the “I Love the 90’s” tour.
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