IM5 Bio: What Are the Bandmembers' Names and Ages?
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 As its name suggests, this band was originally made up of five very talented young men: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.
Who is your favorite member of IM5?
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.