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Tony Lucca

Background information

Birth name

Anthony James Lucca

Born

January 23, 1976

Pontiac, Michigan, United States

Origin

Waterford, Michigan

Genres

Rock, folk, acoustic, singer/songwriter

Instruments

Vocals, guitar, piano, bass

Years active

1991present

Labels

222 Records, Rock Ridge Music, Lucca Music

Associated actsTFDI

Website

Official Web Site [1]

Anthony James "Tony" Lucca (born January 23, 1976, in Pontiac, Michigan), is an American singer, songwriter,

producer, and sometime actor. He is perhaps best known for starting his career on the Mickey Mouse Club. After the

Mickey Mouse Club, Lucca went to LA for a brief career as an actor, then became a full-time musician, releasing

over seven studio albums and five EPs. He is a consistent touring artist and has toured with a multitude of acts,

including *NSYNC, Marc Anthony, Josh Hoge, Sara Bareilles,[2]

the late Chris Whitley, Matt Duke and Tyrone

Wells. He was the second runner-up on the second season of the American reality talent show, The Voice.

Early life

Lucca was born in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Sally and Tony Lucca.[3]

Lucca is of Italian, Welsh, French and

English descent.[3]

Lucca grew up around a large and musical extended family,[4]

as his mother Sally was tenth of

twelve children of the Detroit jazz piano player James "Jimmy" Stevenson.[5][6][7]

Lucca grew up in Waterford,

Michigan and began singing at age 3[8]

and child modeling at age 9.[3]

When he was 12, he began playing in

Detroit-area bands with his cousin, Cole Garlak.[5][8][9][10]

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Professional and musical career

1991-95: Mickey Mouse Club

When Lucca was 14, he went to Detroit to audition for the Disney movie Newsies, only to find out that the audition

was for the Mickey Mouse Club instead.[4]

Encouraged by his sister, he auditioned for the show and was picked for

callbacks in Los Angeles.[3][4]

In Los Angeles, he was selected along with 8 other kids to join the cast for the fourth

season of the show. Lucca moved to Orlando, Florida with his mom and lived in an apartment complex with other

castmates and traveled back to Michigan between seasons.[3]

He remained with the show for four seasons until being

let go during the seventh season when the show was canceled.

1995-97: Hollywood

After the cancellation of the Mickey Mouse Club, Lucca moved to Los Angeles to begin an acting career in 1995.[8]

He lived with fellow Mickey Mouse Club castmate Keri Russell, his girlfriend at the time. Russell and Lucca were

cast and played leads together on the Aaron Spelling-produced Malibu Shores,[11][12]

a teen drama which lasted for

one season. During this time he filmed commercials for Levi Jeans, J.C. Penney and Blockbuster Video.[3]

He had

minor success in movies, appearing in an NBC movie of the week, Her Last Chance with Kellie Martin and Jonathan

Brandis,[13]

as well as two independent features.[14]

He left acting in 1997 to pursue music.

1997-2003: Independent music

In 1997 Lucca self-released his first CD, So Satisfied that he co-produced.[5]

In 1998 he started his website

www.tonylucca.com and began to sell the CD and its self-released follow-up, Strong Words Softly Spoken through

the website and at his live shows. Lucca also released two EPs and a limited series of Live & Limited CDs through

his site; each CD sold was numbered and signed. In 2001 and 2002 he served as an opening act for 'N Sync, a boy

band that featured fellow Mickey Mouse Club co-stars Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez.

2004-Present: Lightyear and Rock Ridge Music

Lucca's third full-length album and his first commercially-distributed, Shotgun was released in 2004 in conjunction

with Lightyear and New Vibe Records, and was executive co-produced by JC Chasez, who Lucca toured with to

support the album.[15]

Following that release was 2006 album Canyon Songs, recording in both Laurel and

Beachwood Canyons,[16]

and in that same year a live concert album Live In Hollywood both of which were

distributed by Rock Ridge Music. Come Around Again was released in 2008.

Lucca also participated in a cooperative tour with Jay Nash and Matt Duke, which resulted in the 2009 EP entitled

TFDI. The collaboration, which stands for "Totally Fuckin' Doing It"[17]

was recorded in the Evanston, Illinois

studio SPACE during an impromptu visit to the studio, after the three artists formed a friendship during the

tour.[8][18]

Lucca's sixth album was released in 2010, entitled Rendezvous With the Angels, on Rock Ridge Music.

Solo, an acoustic CD composed of b-sides and previously unreleased recordings was released in November 2010,

and given away for free in conjunction with Amazon.com's MP3 web store. Lucca has recorded a second

collaborative CD with Jay Nash and Matt Duke, TFDI II, which was released in the summer of 2011. On February 5,

2012, Lucca appeared on the NBC show The Voice and chose Adam Levine as his voice coach.[19]

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Other Ventures

Many of Lucca's songs have been featured in various TV shows, including Friday Night Lights, Brothers & Sisters,

Shark and Felicity and in the movie Open Range. He appeared in an episode of the E! True Hollywood Story series,

covering his time spent on The Mickey Mouse Club in 2007.[20]

He has performed numerous times on NBC's Last

Call with Carson Daly as a part of the show's band.[10]

He briefly returned to acting in 2010, starring in a 901 Silver Tequila commercial, which was directed by the brand

founder Justin Timberlake.[21]

He also played himself on an episode of Parenthood, appearing as a performing

musician.[22]

Contestant in The Voice (2012)

On February 5, 2012, Tony appeared on the Blind Auditions of the American reality talent show The Voice in its

second season. He sang "Trouble", a Ray LaMontagne song. All four judges (Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Christina

Aguilera and Blake Shelton) hit the red "I Want You" button for him. He chose to join Adam Levine's team. It was

also in this show that he reunited with fellow Mouseketeer Christina Aguilera. Initially, she showed no sign of

recognition, but then realized who he was after he left the stage and followed him to congratulate him, also revealing

that when they were young, Britney Spears, another fellow Mouseketeer, had a crush on Lucca. He advanced to the

semi-finals, which he performed "How You Like Me Now" by The Heavy and moved on to the final round. For the

final round on May 7, he performed Hugo's country-styled version of the Jay-Z song, "99 Problems". While enjoying

his performance overall, Aguilera criticized Lucca for singing a song that she saw as being derogatory towards

women, as the song contains the line "I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one." (Lucca did not sing the word "bitch"

during this performance, but does on the studio recording.) This prompted Lucca's coach Levine to defend his

performance, stating that he and Lucca discussed the content of the song and decided to go on with it, but used

Hugo's version to change the tone and be taken less seriously, as well as revealing a black t-shirt with a sparkling

pink "Team Xtina" logo on it. During that night since Lucca's performance, Aguilera made more jabs at him by

stating that her finalist Chris Mann was "a real [gentle]man" who respects women, as well as appearing to ignore

Lucca's other performances that night. On May 8, 2012, he made his last performance on the show duetting with

fellow contestant Jordis Unga formerly of Team Blake on the Fleetwood Mac song, "Go Your Own Way". Later that

night, it was announced that he had come in third place in the competition, barely placing ahead of Mann by one

quarter of a percentage point and coming behind winner Jermaine Paul from Team Blake and first runner-up Juliet

Simms from Team Cee Lo. Lucca was later signed to Adam Levine's record label, 222 Records.

Personal life

Lucca dated fellow Mouseketeer (and eventual Malibu Shores co-star) Keri Russell on-and-off for eight years[23][24]

On July 7, 2007 Lucca married single mom Rachel, adopting her son Liam. They live in Detroit, Michigan and have

a daughter, Sparrow Jane Lucca (born October 17, 2009).

Discography

Albums

•1997: So Satisfied

•1997 (Re-issued 1999): Strong Words, Softly Spoken

•2004: Shotgun

•2006: Canyon Songs

•2008: Come Around Again

•2010: Rendezvous With the Angels

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•2010: Solo

•2011: Under the Influence

Live albums

•2006: Live in Hollywood

EPs

•2001: So Far

•2002: Simply Six

•2006: Through The Cracks

•2008: Close Enough

•2009: TFDI collaboration with Jay Nash and Matt Duke

•2011: TFDI II collaboration with Jay Nash and Matt Duke

Singles

Year

Single

Peak positions

Album

US

2012"Trouble"

-

Non-album releases by The Voice

"Beautiful Day"

-

"In Your Eyes"

-

"...Baby One More Time"

117

"How You Like Me Now?"

-

"99 Problems"

58

"Yesterday"

(with coach, Adam Levine)

68

Selected filmography

•1991-1996 The All New Mickey Mouse Club as Himself

•1993 Emerald Cove as Jeff Chambers

•1996 Her Last Chance as Cody

•1996 Malibu Shores as Zack Morrison

•1997 Take a Number as Todd

•1998 Too Pure as Jared

•2004 The Wayne Brady Show as Himself

•2007 E! True Hollywood Story: The Mickey Mouse Club as Himself

••2012

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References

[1]http://www. tonylucca. com

[2]"Blackbird bio" (http://blackbirdartistsagency.com/artists/tony-lucca/). Blackbird Artist Agency. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[3]Evan Amos (19 May 2011). "Evan Amos interview" (http://commons. wikimedia. org/wiki/User:Evan-Amos/Interviews/TonyLucca1). .

Retrieved 2 June 2011.

[4]Brian Lush. "Rockwired interview" (http://www.rockwired. com/tonylucca. html). Rockwired. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[5]"Lightyear bio" (http://www.lightyear. com/music/pop/lucca/TONY LUCCA BIO. pdf). . Retrieved 2 June 2011.

[6]Sam Stephenson (11 January 2010). "Jimmy's Last Jam" (http://www. jazzloftproject. org/blog/general/jimmys-last-jam). Jazz Loft

Project. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[7]Chris Smith (7 January 2010). "Obituary: James "Jimmy" Stevenson" (http://www. pressdemocrat. com/article/20100107/OBITS/

100109609?p=3&tc=pg). Press Democrat. . Retrieved 2 June 2011.

[8]"Tony Lucca Bio" (http://www. tonylucca. com/bio. php). tonylucca.com. . Retrieved 2010.

[9]Vanessa Setteducato (20 August 2006). "Artist Interview: Tony Lucca 8.20.06" (http://www. 7duckets. com/

artist-interview-tony-lucca-8-20-06/). 7duckets. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[10]"IMDb bio" (http://www.imdb. com/name/nm0524331/bio). IMDb. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[11]"'Extreme Couponing' gone too far? Expert offers tips on how to save big without obsessing" (http://www. nydailynews. com/archives/

entertainment/1995/12/19/1995-12-19__late_show__lagging_locally_. html). Daily News (New York). .

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Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[13]Carole Horst (7 April 1996). "Her Last Chance Review" (http://www. variety. com/review/VE1117905137. html?categoryid=31&cs=1&

query=tony+lucca). Variety. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[14]Emanuel Levy (29 March 1997). "Take A Number Review" (http://www. variety. com/review/VE1117341863?refcatid=31). Variety. .

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[15]"Shotgun Album Listing" (http://www. lightyear.com/music/pop/lucca/index. htm). Lightyear. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[16]"Rock Ridge Store bio" (http://rockridge.hasawebstore. com/artist/38328). Rock Ridge Music. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[17]Joe Lawler (15 December 2010). "Tony Lucca: Beyond the TV sing-alongs" (http://desmoines. metromix. com/music/article/

tony-lucca-beyond-the/2360756/content). Des Moines Metromix. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[18]Courtney Devores (1 December 2010). "Singer gives up solo standing for tour" (http://www. charlotteobserver. com/2010/12/01/

1877536/singer-gives-up-solo-standing. html#ixzz16sSPSasE). Charlotte Observer. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[19]Lisa Torem (29 July 2010). "PennyBlack interview" (http://www. pennyblackmusic. co. uk/MagSitePages/Article. aspx?id=5642).

pennyblackmusic. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

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901-silver-tequila-improved-use-130432). Adweek. 28 July 2010. . Retrieved 11 May 2011.

[22]"Charlotte Today feature" (http://www.wcnc.com/charlotte-today/videos/Singersongwriter-Tony-Luca-117802578. html). WCNC. 11

March 2011. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

[23]John J. Moser (5 December 2009). "Indie music takes Tony Lucca beyond Mickey Mouse career" (http://articles. mcall. com/2009-12-05/

features/4487787_1_cd-baby-indie-music-night-lights). The Morning Call. . Retrieved 2 June 2011.

[24]"Keri Russell bio" (http://www. people.com/people/keri_russell). People Magazine. . Retrieved 3 June 2011.

External links

•Official website (http://www. tonylucca. com/)

•Official Tony Lucca Myspace Page (http://www. myspace. com/tonylucca)

•Tony Lucca (http://www. imdb. com/name/nm0524331/) at the Internet Movie Database

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