During last night’s season premiere of The Voice, Christina thought that one of the auditioning singers looked a little familiar. Turns out, Tony Lucca, who sang Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble,” worked with her on The Mickey Mouse Club. (See his audition embedded after the jump.) But judging by all the Tony Lucca love in the comments section of our recap, many of you readers already knew who he was, and Disney had nothing to do with it.
“The minute I saw Tony Lucca, I screamed like a little girl!” wrote one longtime fan of the singer. “He already has a pretty strong fanbase and some moderate success, but I hope this show provides a boost for his career and gives him the recognition he deserves.”
Indeed, Lucca’s been around for a long time. His music’s been played on shows like Friday Night Lights and Brothers & Sisters, and back in 2001 and 2002, he even joined his fellow MMC alums Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez on stage, opening for their band ‘N Sync. Fans of Beverly Hills, 90210-era soaps might also recognize him from Aaron Spelling’s short-lived Malibu Shores, which also starred his then-girlfriend Keri Russell in her pre-Felicity days. (There’s little trace of that show left on YouTube, though you can catch Lucca and Russell in a French version of the credits here.) We all know Britney had a crush on him. But Keri saw him first.
The Voice had traditionally been a good platform for already-established musicians who need a second chance. (See also: last season’s Dia Frampton, formerly of the Warner Bros.-signed indie-pop band Meg & Dia, and Javier Colon, who released his pre-Voice debut on Capitol Records.) And this season’s no exception.
The massive-voiced Chris Mann has toured with India.Arie, worked with a ton of big name producers, including Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (who’s going to be an adviser on The Voice!), and even acted on screen in Glee, as a member of the Dalton Academy Warblers. (Did we mention that he’s also “a six-time headliner at national ‘Mom Blog’ conventions”? Because his bio does.) Jesse Campbell, a 42-year-old single dad who belted out “A Song for You” last night, signed with Underworld/Capitol Records back in 1994 and released his first single, “When You Cry, I Cry.” If you’ve seen the 1995 heist drama Dead Presidents, you might remember his cover of “Where Is the Love” from that film. And 25-year-old rocker Juliet Simms is a Warped Tour vet, having played the fest with her band, the Tampa-based rock group Automatic Loveletter. They were signed to Epic and worked with producer Matt Squire (Panic! At the Disco) in 2007, but that album was never released.
As for RaeLynn (a.k.a. Rachael Woodward), we don’t know much about her yet, except that she loves horses, Jesus, and Miranda Lambert, though not necessarily in that order. If you readers know more than we do, please share some background in the comments. Though if the only thing listed on her bio is “got Blake Shelton to beg me to be on his team,” well, that’s good enough for us.