Below is the biography of Dalton Rapattoni.


Dalton Rapattoni is known among his fans as a teenage heartthrob formerly in the Disney channel boy-band IM5. He was born on February 6th, 1996 in Memphis, Tennessee to an ordinary suburban family. Shortly after his birth, the family relocated to Dallas, Texas, where Dalton spent the majority of his childhood. Before his freshman year of high school, Dalton was accepted to the Booker T Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, where he briefly studied music. Soon enough, he was called to Los Angeles to audition for Disney’s IM5. He departed with his father leaving his mother and sisters behind and scored a position in the boy-band.

Daniel Rapattoni in his IM5 days supporting kids beating cancer

Daniel Rapattoni in his IM5 days supporting kids beating cancer

IM5 was a massive departure from Dalton Rapattoni’s previous musical ambitions. He’d never once considered pop music to be his venue; he was a rocker at heart. Even so, he won the hearts of thousands with his brief tenure in IM5. He wrote dozens of songs while in league with IM5. After several years with the group, Dalton realized that his musical inclinations were leading him in a different direction from the band. He wasn’t a pop star; he was an artist.

Dalton remained with the popular boy-band until March 3rd, 2014. While he cherishes the memories of his fellow performers and the experiences they had together, he’s excited to pursue a different path. They separated comfortably. Dalton believed he’d made the right decision for his future as a musician. According to Dalton, pop music and dancing weren’t his forte. He decided to return to Dallas, Texas. Back home, Dalton rejoined Fly Away Hero, a garage band formerly composed of himself and several friends. Fly Away Hero needed new band mates, but amassed a cult following with songs such as “Misunderstood” and “Personal Insane Asylum”. They even competed in the NAAM/School Jam Best Teen Band in America contest. He currently also coaches at the School of Rock in Dallas. Comfortable with his family and friends in their idyllic Texas town, Dalton chose to remain there until his audition for American Idol.

Dalton Rapattoni and his blue eyes

Dalton Rapattoni and his blue eyes

With his flashy dyed hair and boyish charm, Dalton was a shoe-in for a spot on American Idol. He’d already proven repeatedly that he had the vocal talent and musical ability to support his stage presence. On his audition for the show, Dalton sang “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Llyod Webber and Company. The lovely performance was accompanied by Dalton’s acoustic guitar. The judges were surprised by his song selection; Jennifer Lopez praised his “interesting mix” of rock music and musical theater. “I’m looking for someone with an artistic contribution to make,” said judge Keith Urban, “and that’s what you gave me.” Dalton Rapattoni was handed his ticket to Hollywood.

In the Hollywood round of American Idol, Dalton sang the Gold Record certified “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas & the Papas. Once again, Dalton and his acoustic guitar stole the show. He modulated his tone perfectly to match the context of the song. He later sang Olivia Newton-John’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You” with aplomb. He has a certain boyish charm in his artistic humility. “It was all super fast,” he said, “I don’t really remember what happened.”

Dalton Rapattoni on his red pillow

Dalton Rapattoni on his red pillow

If Dalton is anything, he’s a true artist. Despite his excellent performance, Dalton Rapattoni was uncertain of his fate. “Being in this competition with all of these amazing artists and singers,” he opined, “I have never had lower self-esteem.” After singing “It’s Gonna Be Me” by NSYNC, however, Dalton landed a secure spot in the top twenty-four of American Idol‘s farewell season. The boy-band classic complemented Dalton’s days as the secret beau of tween girls nationwide.

Despite his pop star background, Dalton distances himself from typical teenage fare. In his garage band Fly Away Hero, Dalton delves into alternative rock and acoustic indie music. In his performances on American Idol, he’s vacillated between the soundtracks of famous musical theater productions and classic rock and pop hits.

Dalton Rapattoni making a funny face

Dalton Rapattoni making a funny face

During his progression into the top ten contestants of American Idol, Dalton serenaded the crowd with a punk rock rendition of “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s. Screaming the lyrics hoarsely into the crowd while clad in the punk uniform of dog tags and tattoos, Dalton Rapattoni resembled a teenage Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day. The judges compared his performance to Electric Barnyard while praising the sincerity in his voice. “Every time you sing, it’s a different genre of music,” commented Kelly Clarkson, “I love that. It shows true artistry.”

Although Dalton managed to genre-hop his way into the top eight of American Idol, his performance to secure that position was underwhelming. It was Dalton’s first hiccup. Despite the smoke machine billowing clouds of vapor around his feet and the drama of the set, Dalton Rapattoni’s solo lacked the punch of his previous performances. It was still in the vein of his punk rock motif, but it was missing the elusive passion his previous artistic endeavors held. The judges generally agreed that the song was an inferior choice for Dalton’s skillset. “It’s you,” said Jennifer Lopez, “It’s you we want to see.” Harry Connick Jr. concurred, “There was a certain electricity that I didn’t see today. Interesting, right?”

Dalton Rapattoni doesn’t have much of a musical career prepared for himself should American Idol fail him, unfortunately. Unlike starlets Gianna Isabella and Olivia Rox, Dalton doesn’t have much to fall back on. Even so, there’s no doubt that Dalton will continue to pursue musical artistry. In the future, he may even find Fly Away Hero signed to a record label. He could easily pursue a career as a punk artist — he has the voice and the style down. The audience needs to hear Dalton’s unique perspective on music to truly appreciate his art. Regurgitated singles won’t cut it for Dalton Rapattoni to succeed on American Idol, he must channel his bountiful musical talent into a song that the audience won’t expect. He’s all about defying stereotypes for the sake of his art; he just needs to demonstrate that ability on stage.

Daltn Rapattoni finished third on American Idol season 15.

Dalton Rapattoni showing off his black nail polish

Dalton Rapattoni showing off his black nail polish

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This is Mackenzie Bourg’s biography.

Born on September 11, 1992 in Lafayette, Louisiana, Mackenzie Bourg was an ordinary teenager before his appearance on The Voice. He enjoyed video games and varsity basketball — the latter an astonishing feat due to his height of 5’6 — and often rode his bicycle around town. He discovered his talent for music entirely unprompted. Learning to play the acoustic guitar, Mackenzie Bourg began composing and writing songs for his personal use. After his appearance on The Voice, he began releasing his songs to the public. Since then, he’s released two albums: Heartbeat and Everyone’s Got a Story.
Several contestants on the fifteenth and final season of American Idol have previously appeared on the award-winning NBC television show The Voice.

His time on The Voice and Team CeeLo

Southern native Mackenzie Bourg is no different. The bespectacled crooner auditioned for The Voice’s third season with a riotous rendition of “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People. Judge CeeLo Green immediately nominated Mackenzie Bourg for a position on his coveted team. Mackenzie made a strong effort; he sang several contemporary pop hits, including “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction. He also serenaded the crowd with a rendition of the classic Elvis Presley song “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. While his success was momentous for a novice contestant, Mackenzie Bourg failed to win The Voice. He did, however, release his debut single “Everyone’s Got a Story” — a reflective acoustic solo inspired by Mackenzie Bourg’s experience with chronic illness.

Illness and hospitalization

In 2012, shortly before his audition on The Voice, Mackenzie Bourg was hospitalized due to a severe virus. The ailment caused him critical organ damage — congestive heart failure — and he was forced into an induced coma to save his life. “I was watching my son, literally just passing away,” said Mackenzie’s father, “The amazing thing about it was that he made a promise to wake up before Super Bowl Sunday, and he woke up the night before.” Since his coma scare, Mackenzie has embraced life and is committed to fulfilling his dreams. “It was a miracle that everything happened the way it did,” he said, “I know if that experience never happened, I wouldn’t be here.” He has a tattoo on his wrist written in Arabic which means “life again”. On twitter he said he got the tatoo in order to be reminded everyday that life is not guaranteed and therefore he needs to make it count.

Mackenzie Bourg and his Arabic wrist tattoo

Mackenzie Bourg and his Arabic wrist tattoo

Mackenzie wasn’t finished with music. On the farewell season of American Idol, he appeared with his acoustic guitar to astonish the judges and claim his golden ticket to Hollywood. He auditioned with an inventive medley of songs originally sung by the judges. The medley included “Stupid Boy” and “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban, “Come by Me” by Harry Connick Jr., and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” by Jennifer Lopez. Mackenzie Bourg flawlessly segued between the songs and provided plenty of showmanship for the audience. “You have a sort of quiet thing about you that is very interesting,” said Harry Connick Jr. after the performance ended. All of the judges concurred that Mackenzie should progress into the next round. “I’m going to Hollywood,” shouted Mackenzie as he left the stage.

Mackenzie Bourg loves cats

Mackenzie Bourg loves cats

In a throwback to his tenure on The Voice, Mackenzie Bourg performed the Elvis Presley classic “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the showcase round. The sleepy solo had the crowd swaying along in time with Mackenzie. He also performed a similarly slow rendition of “Say Something” by A Great Big World. Mackenzie’s quiet crooning won overwhelming applause. The judges praised his performance. “I like that you changed the melody, but kept the integrity of the song,” said Harry Connick Jr., “Nice work.”

Mackenzie Bourg and Dalton Rapattoni - Friends

Mackenzie Bourg and Dalton Rapattoni – Friends

Mackenzie Bourg was permitted to proceed in the competition after his performance of “Roses” — an original song. “Life is life,” the song went, “and it goes so fast.” Mackenzie was clearly inspired by his near-death experience. “Roses” is a celebration of life in all its forms and it beckons the audience to embrace it while they can. The judges were totally bewildered. They couldn’t believe that Mackenzie had written and composed such a meaningful melody. Mackenzie’s composition resembles the work of Irish sensation Damien Rice — they share a soothingly somnolent voice and a penchant for meaningful lyrics.

Mackenzie Bourg has brought his own style to the forefront of American Idol. He’s not a rhythm and blues virtuoso à la Trent Harmon or a punk rock screamer like Dalton Rapattoni. Considering the dearth of male contestants on the fifteenth season of American Idol, the show boasts a wide variety of styles. Mackenzie Bourg’s gravelly crooning is a major draw for the audience. His original songs cater to his unique style; “Roses” complements both his voice and fondness for slow tempo.

Mackenzie Bourg bio - American Idol Contestant

Mackenzie Bourg bio – American Idol Contestant

To land himself a position in the top ten contestants of American Idol, Mackenzie Bourg performed the recent hit “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. The song was originally composed for the soundtrack of internationally acclaimed film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The droning folk ballad was a popular choice for American Idol contestants; competitor Lee Jean also sang the song during his audition in Atlanta, Georgia. Mackenzie Bourg’s rendition of the popular ballad blew the audience away. He sang with uncharacteristic power and volume. The audience cheered gleefully throughout his performance. Guest judge Kelly Clarkson commented that Mackenzie, “knew exactly where he wanted to go.” When questioned on what the lyrics meant to him, Mackenzie remarked that they made him feel “passionate” and “fired up”. Mackenzie expressed his immense gratitude to be present on the show.

Mackenzie Bourg and his guitar

Mackenzie Bourg and his guitar

Mackenzie is clearly a man with a plan. He’s using American Idol as a platform to express himself. He certainly has plenty to say through music; his vast collection of original songs convey that. Mackenzie may choose to perform more of his original compositions on the show, further promoting his unique brand of songwriting. If that were the case, Mackenzie’s exposure on the show may lead to another record deal. He’s already tentatively signed to an undisclosed record label for the production of a new EP; he might end up transferring labels to Big Machine Records if he continues to perform as excellently as he has in the past.

Mackenzie Bourg finished in 4th position on American Idol season 15. He was eliminated on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016.

Mackenzie and his bow tie when he was on the Voice

Mackenzie and his bow tie when he was on the Voice