They burst onto the scene with their Liquid Dreams (eww) after TV show Making The Band put them together - but what have the O-Town boys been up to since?
Waaay before The X Factor produced One Direction – and even before Popstars: The Rivals produced One True Voice (remember them??) – there was a show called Making The Band that produced a boyband called O-Town.
Any early Noughties girl will remember the reality show that saw kinda-creepy record producer Lou Pearlman (the same man behind Backstreet Boys) audition hundreds of guys in his quest to form the next big boyband.
The lucky lads that made the final cut were Ashley Parker Angel, Dan Miller, Erik-Michael Estrada, Jacob Underwood and Trevor Penick, and thus O-Town were born.
They enjoyed hits including their gross-in-hindsight debut single Liquid Dreams and All or Nothing, but their success was short-lived and they split in 2003.
Yet praise be to the boyband of the 90s gods, as the boys reformed in 2013 (minus Ashley).
But what else have the guys been up to since their O-Town glory days? As one member shares a naked snap of themselves, we investigate…
Ashley Parker Angel
Ashley was the official Cute One in O-Town, so we were gutted when he declined to join the rest of the boys when the band reunited in 2013.
We still love him though – especially since he started posting hot pictures of himself in various states of undress on Instagram.
The 34 year old recently took part in the #100DaysofFitness challenge, and has clearly been very pleased with the results.
He shared a string of shots in his underwear during the challenge, and most recently posted a TOTALLY NUDE snap to celebrate the end of his healthy journey, writing: ‘You don’t have to be a fitness model or featured in the ESPN Body Issue to be proud of your physique. We all have what it takes to be the best version of ourselves we can be.’
Besides getting buff, Ashley has continued to pursue a career in the spotlight. He dabbled with rock music after leaving O-Town, before playing Link Larkin in the Broadway production of Hairspray.
He was engaged to the mother of his only child, now nine-year-old son Lyric, but the couple split in 2008.
Ashley might have been the looks, but Dan was the real singing talent in O-Town, and we regularly fell asleep with his soulful voice playing on repeat on our CD player (RETRO).
Not only is he swoonsome, he’s smart too. After O-Town disbanded, Dan went back to school and gained a degree in graphic design, and he now creates all of the band’s artwork.
He now sees himself as a bit of a Jack of all trades, with his Twitter profile describing him as ‘a husband / father / college grad / artist / songwriter / producer / designer / member of Otown / hermit.’ That’s quite a list!
Dan married his beautiful wife, Erin, in 2004, and the pair have since had two adorable babies – son, Major Lorenzo, two, and 10-month-old daughter Navy Jean.
We always remember Jacob as the rebel of the group because, as a lover of hard rock music, he often struggled with his status as a boyband member.
After O-Town he experimented with more of a hipster sound, forming southern funk rock band Jacob’s Loc, before rejoining the O-Town boys in 2013. He now manages the band.
Jake is also turning his hand to acting, and will appear in Backstreet Boy Nick Carter’s zombie film, Dead7, alongside BSB’s AJ McLean and Howie Dorough, Joey Fatone from *NSYNC and fellow O-Towner Erik-Michael Estrada. Yes, you read that right: Nick Carter is making a zombie movie starring all your favourite 90s boyband members!
Jacob is currently single – so you’ve still got a chance to snag a member of O-Town!
Out of all the O-Towners, Trev kept the lowest profile in the post-split, pre-reunion years – so much so that not much is known about what he got up to in The Lost O-Town Years, as we’re calling them – although he did make an appearance as himself in film AKA Private, a documentary about the never fading dream of stardom in Hollywood.
He seems pretty psyched about the band’s second coming though, with his Twitter profile stating he feels ‘blessed for another chance at giving our fans new music.’ Aww!
Baby-faced Erik reportedly joined the army after O-Town split, before putting his looks to good use as a movie hunk, with roles in indie films such as Los Lost Ones and Tainted Rose – check him out in the latter below!
He’ll also be appearing in Nick Carter’s film Dead7, which has seen him putting in some 6.30am sword training sessions. We can’t wait to see the final result!