It’s a special reunion for Erik Michael Estrada…
The 34-year-old Latino singer/actor is reuniting with his fellow O-Town members to make new music a decade after the band disbanded.
Estrada and his O-Town band mates – Jacob Underwood, Trevor Penick and Dan Miller – announced on Monday that they would be making a comeback, rebooting the group’s official website and announcing that more specifics would be announced in the coming weeks.
O-Town was originally formed on the MTV-produced reality television series Making the Band back in 2000. After releasing two albums, the group disbanded in 2003.
O-Town fans can expect to hear new music, the first batch from the group since 2002’s O2 album, according to Underwood.
“We started this reunion purely for the fun of it,” says Underwood. “We had discussed a summer tour to perform our old songs and finally give the fans what they’ve been asking us for the last 10 years. However, once we began working, what developed was something a little more ambitious. The ideas kept flying and we couldn’t help but start making new music.”
“Each of us has different reasons for agreeing to do this again, a decade later,” adds Estrada. “Mine has to start with the fans. I never knew how much I would miss them. I never quite realized how much of an impact we had on them.”
O-Town’s 2001 self-titled album has sold 1.7 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and its first two singles, “Liquid Dreams” and “All Or Nothing,” reached No. 10 and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, respectively. O2 followed with 257,000 copies sold; after the group’s dissolution, Ashley Parker Angel‘s 2006 album Soundtrack to Your Life has sold 184,000 copies to date. Angel will not be part of the group’s 2014 comeback.
“We are blessed to be able to apply what we’ve learned to create something stimulating and beautiful, that we can call ours,” says Underwood. “This isn’t just a reunion for us. It’s a new beginning.”
Since leaving the band, Estrada has turned to acting, appearing in 2011’s Tainted Rose.