The latest boy band sensation to hit the pop music charts is a relatively new group called IM5. As its name suggests, this band was originally made up of five very talented young men:
- Cole Pendery
- Dana Vaughns II
- Gabrielle Morales
- William Jay Behlendorf
- David Scarzone (pronounced Scar-zo-nee)
The original five young men were asked to audition for a group that was being formed by Perez Hilton, Simon Fuller, and Jamie King and were eventually selected to form the group. The group was formed in late 2010.
However, in early 2014, Dalton Rappatoni surprised the fans with a tweet that he was officially leaving the band. Rappatoni was replaced in May of 2014 by newest member, David Scarzone.
Cole Alan Pendery was born on February 22, 1996 in the Lone Star State. For those of you who don't know where that is, that is the great state of Texas.
He was raised in the tiny town of Midlothian (pop. 18,000+), located in North Texas just outside of Dallas.
Unlike many other musicians and singers, he discovered his love of performing a little later in life. It wasn't until he was about 12 that he figured out that performing on stage was his true passion. Before that it had always been soccer, a sport he had played since before he was old enough to go to school.
After a few years of performing in his school's choir, he decided that it was his dream to pursue music full time. It took a little bit to convince his parents that he was truly serious about this career path, but he was determined to follow his dream.
Cole and his mother eventually moved from Texas to the big city of Los Angeles. Cole had to leave his father behind, but the struggles and the long distance have paid off. In the summer of 2010, after just a few weeks in L.A. he auditioned for the group IM5 and was selected.
It has been a rollercoaster ride ever since, but he wouldn't trade any part of the journey.
He was even accepted into one of the nation's top performing arts schools, the Booker T. Washington High School for Visual and Performing Arts in Dallas. The school was home to many success musicians and artists such as Norah Jones, Erykha Badu, and Roy Hargrove. But Cole didn't get to attend for long, because shortly after enrolling he was asked to come out to L.A. to audtion for IM5.
Although pop music is not his first love, he is still extremely thankful and excited to be a part of the band. He feels that the music is very diverse and that his love for other forms of music helps the band be more dynamic and less one-dimensional.
Dana Vaughns II
The youngest member of the band, Dana Gareth Vaughns II, was born on January 2, 1998. He is originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, but like his other bandmates, currently resides in California.
Dana is no stranger to performing as he was a member of Kidz Bop and also had a small part in the Hannah Montana movie during the song number "Hoedown Throwdown".
Although, the physically smallest member of the group, he is definitely one of the most energized. He is an only child who loves to perform and entertain people. Having taking singing and dancing lessons since the age of 7, he started to see success at the age of 10. It was then his family decided to move to LA to help him pursue his dreams of performing, acting, and singing.
Unfortunately, his father had to stay back in South Carolina, but Dana knows the sacrifice is worth it and hopes that his hard work will pay off in the end.
Gabrielle (Gabe) Morales is the oldest member of the group. He was born on June 22, 1995. He is of Cuban and Venezuelan dissent and was raised in Miami, FL with his brother Luis.
He experienced success at quite an early age, acting in multiple Latin American shows and soap operas such as Sabado Gigante, El amor no tiene precio, and Olvidarte jamas from the age of 7 on.
He moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to help further his career where he landed a small movie role in the movie, The Perfect Game with Louis Gosset Jr.
He was asked to audition for the band IM5 in 2010 and the rest is history.
William Jay Behlendorf
Will Jay, also known as William Jay Behlendorf, is the second youngest member of the band. He was born on June 18, 1996 in Los Angeles. Many people ask about Will Jay's ethnicity: He is of Chinese and German decent.
He is the old soul of the group and the shy, quiet one. He started playing piano at the age of four and gravitated towards the more soulful singers, such as Al Green, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin. He likes all different genres of music from old school hip hop to alternative.
Like fellow original members Dalton and Dana, Jay knew at a fairly early age that he loved to perform and wanted to pursue music. He joined his local community theatre and further crafted his acting and singing through various community project productions.
It was these smaller roles that helped pave the way for acting jobs in films and television. He had roles in the TV show Wizards of Waverly Place, Corey in the House, Eli Stone, and the series The Closer.
He has recently started to write and produce his own songs. Although more of a solo artist to begin with, he couldn't be more pleased to be a part of the band. They all bring out the best in each other and he looks forward to what the future holds.
New Member David Scarzone
David Scarzone (pronounced Scar-ZO-nee) is the newest member of the band. He joined the group in May of 2014 after Dalton Rappatoni announced he was leaving.
David Chris Scarzone was born on February 7, 1996 and hails from Chicao, Illinois. He is no stranger to the entertainment industry, having been part of a traveling performing arts group called MWAH! (Messages Which Are Hopeful!).
According to Wikipedia, Scarzone focused mainly on dancing for a few years and was signed to MSA Agency in Los Angeles. He had steady work with them before hearing about the audition for IM5. He flew out to Los Angeles to audition and the rest is history.
Former Member Dalton Rappatoni
Dalton Lewis Rappatoni was the "rocker" of the group, as his fashion choices and style border those of a hair band rather than a typical boy band. He has an affinity for pairing leather and "guy-liner" together and he makes it work.
He is also a fellow Texan, like fellow bandmate Cole Pendery, residing in the small town of Sunnyvale on the outskirts of Dallas. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 6, 1996 but spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Sunnyvale.
Dalton fell in love with guitar at the age of 11 and asked his parents to enroll him in the School of Rock in Frisco, Texas. It was there that he shined. He was in a band called Fly Away Hero and played gigs all over Texas with great success.
IM5 is already starting to chart with some of their songs. Here is a list of a few of their hits:
- Don't Run Away
- Can't Stay Away w/ Bella Thorne
- Zero Gravity
- Rest of Our Lives
- Everything About U
IM5 already has three official music videos for their top songs. Zero Gravity was posted back in September of 2012 and already has over 1 million views. One of their first music videos, "Everything About U" also garned over 600,000 views in little over a year.
Get to Know You
Jane forever 5er forlive on December 26, 2018:
I love gabe he is so hot
Ian tracy on September 28, 2018:
you guys are the best that i love all your song and i can repeat them all the time and gets some miss steaks on them
Nairovy on July 10, 2018:
I love Cole and Gabe the most because they are kind and loyal. I like IM5 is the best
Lover 123 on June 28, 2018:
Dana is better looking than all of them
Mrs. Vaughns XD on October 14, 2017:
I vote Dana i mean hes my bae lol and he is super cute and kind
Abegaille on July 27, 2017:
I love im5 i love there song and you guys are so cute but i like gabe sorry but i like you guys ❤ i love you guys
Tiffany Dye on April 13, 2017:
I very love IM5 because they are very good dancers and singers.
ashley on April 10, 2017:
listen to them at the moment
Alexia Travis on March 15, 2017:
I love cole because he is a good and he is the hottest out of the whole group. One day I want to perform and perform myself. I love to sing. I want to be a special education teacher and a proffesional singer.
kimberly ann flores on November 18, 2016:
i love will because he was cute and funny member
makenzie on November 18, 2016:
I voted Dana cause he is so so cute
Kayla on August 21, 2016:
I love Dana because he is so very gorgeous
Hannah on August 03, 2016:
I love im5 but the best in there and the one I love the most is Cole he is so cute!!!!
Ariana on June 21, 2016:
I love Cole he is the cuties in the group but him and David look cute love IM5
im5 on October 16, 2015:
we love will,dana,cole,dalton and gabe are favorite band
tt tierra on September 10, 2015:
i love dana he the best my whole is fill with dana
Iden on September 10, 2015:
Love you im5!!!
IM5 Fans on September 03, 2015:
To me Dana, Will, Gabe, and David are the hot ones
Katie on August 12, 2015:
I love cole
Bec on July 30, 2015:
@Gina, you can't really compare im5 to One Direction, because im5 have choreogrpahed dance moves, and 1D don't they're more laid back and casual. im5 are younger than 1D, but if you compare them to One Direction back when they first started, you would probably say that One Direction is better. Also, im5 don't have nearly as many hits as One Direction, and just because someone else said they don't before, One Direction DO interact with their fans even though there are about 50 000 fans at each concert. Harry always throws water at the crowd and makes jokes with fans, and they get the crowd to sing along especially in Little Things. Plus, all of them are soooooo hot and adorable and funny.
Sorry, just reading my comment again, I seem really biased and like I just came here to bag out im5. You're probably thinking why am I even here, but I do like im5, I just love One Direction more, and I don't like people just bagging them out and saying why are they even so popular, and that im5 are heaps better than them. Can I just ask why you say that? Honestly, I just want to know why.
Sorry, truly I am. Just my opinion, but I know it might not seem that way to you.
Sarah on July 23, 2015:
Cole and Gabe r the cutest members and u guys really r better than 1d (I luv 1d so that's saying something!!)
Haven on July 21, 2015:
I think gabe is hot
PunkGamerGirl on July 20, 2015:
I like ur music, dont get in2 the new stuff much any more but I think u guys r good and I like 2 hear more. Keep up the good work. Stay clean.
Jason on July 18, 2015:
My favorites are Cole, Dalton and Gabe
gina on July 10, 2015:
You guys are so amazing way better than one direction like a million times better. You are so cute cole and gabe you guys are the best am not picking favorites but you guys are such amazing singers and i wish you the best
Makenzie on June 24, 2015:
I'm so nervous to wright this comment my favorite members are cole and david there the hottest boys l have ever seen
tristina on June 07, 2015:
Your the best singers
Amy on May 24, 2015:
I love the im 5 boys the music they sing is amazing they are so cute and its sad that gabe only has 7%.
charly on May 05, 2015:
Omg is david new
nahomi tobias on May 01, 2015:
ok cole nahomi
Wolf on April 26, 2015:
Your songs are cool
Kiyah on April 21, 2015:
I love u IM5 and I can't stop listening to your songs
BRAXTON.S. on March 22, 2015:
dana is so fine and cute and I guess will too will and dana can sing
Courtney on March 16, 2015:
I love you Cole
Anjanae' davis on March 07, 2015:
I like all of you guys, and u guys keep the group together . Let singing and dancing be your dreams forever love ya.I also sing, model, and dance to and trust me not in a terrible way, a good way. Anyway I'm heading to where y'all are.I'm in this class called Barbizon.ANYWAY just keep the group together please?If you said yes thank you.LOVE YOU GUYS.
Its Amira y'all on February 24, 2015:
Dana is so sexy...stay focused on the prize guys the 5ers love you so much ....duces and smoches :*
kaliyah on February 18, 2015:
You guys are handsome
kaliyah on February 17, 2015:
I love Gabe and Cole and danna they Have a a some sing and work ing with todrick I love you guys and I live in leortown Maryland I love Gabe hair by the way
kaliyah on February 17, 2015:
I love all you guys and I am so Nerva's to write this message im5 forever
Jayla on January 18, 2015:
Who siad I love you danna he does not like you so back off
TyTy on January 14, 2015:
I love & support im5 & Dalton,David & Will who unfortunately left the group to persuade their own dreams & it's really hard for me to pick a favorite because, they all have their favorite spot light moment!
LIILY on January 14, 2015:
I love u GABE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
carly on January 11, 2015:
Dana is my all time favorite member, he is bae
Veroinca on January 09, 2015:
I love you guys in im5 and you are cuts
Mystery on January 01, 2015:
Will you show confidence and I love you.:-) :-) Dana your so handsome and love style:-) :-) :-) (blushing)
sarai on December 30, 2014:
Im in love with IM5 and I really love Dana, Dalton,will,and Cole there my favorite
Tavy on December 30, 2014:
U guys r great i would like to be like u guys with my sisters that is.☺
J'aime on December 29, 2014:
i love everything about u im5 :)
Kaitlyn121 on December 12, 2014:
I think Will and Gabe are the hot ones....:)
katelynn on December 02, 2014:
I love im5 but if I have to choose a favorite guy out of the band then it would have to be Dana Vaughns
kaite on November 26, 2014:
I think will is fine!!!!!:)
belen on November 24, 2014:
I think gabe is soo hot i would marry him :*
Minnie Mouse on November 24, 2014:
Dana is the cutest member of im5 and I love his style!!!!!
im5 on November 24, 2014:
I love cole so much and he is cute :)
im5 group on November 24, 2014:
Dana is so cute and I love him
kk on November 18, 2014:
I love you dana
Jessie Spalding on November 14, 2014:
I love im5
daja Edwards on October 24, 2014:
Dear im5 I love ur music and I am also a singer I sing and different places and would love to meet u guys p.s. dear will ur a great singer and Danna I love u style
jenni_dez25 on September 22, 2014:
i love gabe
Michelle on September 20, 2014:
I really like Gabe and i like how he sings he asome
moua on August 18, 2014:
i love im5 the best boy band .they are cute