5. Jordis Unga
For someone who was clearly one of the standouts on the show (her epic Dream On fail notwithstanding), Jordis Unga‘s post-Rock Star: INXS career has been somewhat disappointing. I’m honestly surprised that Jordis hasn’t released an album, not even an independent one, since leaving the show. She did get signed to Sony’s Epic Records and had a debut album in the works, but apparently she was dropped before its release. She’s currently part of an all-girl band called AMD.
4. Suzie McNeil
Probably the best singer on the show pitch-wise, Suzie McNeil has since enjoyed a pretty decent career in her native Canada. She was even nominated for a Juno Award (the Canadian counterpart of the Grammys) in 2008 for New Artist of the Year for her debut album Broken & Beautiful. Suzie McNeil is now a redhead and has released two singles this year, Drama Queen and Merry Go Round.
Download music by Suzie McNeil:
This Is Christmas (2012) | iTunes
Dear Love (2012) | iTunes
Live Acoustic (2010) | Amazon | iTunes
All for the First Time (2010) | iTunes
Supergirl (2009) | iTunes
Rock-n-Roller (2008) | Amazon | iTunes
It’s Christmas Time (2007) | Amazon | iTunes
Broken & Beautiful (2007) | Amazon | iTunes
3. MiG Ayesa
Shortly after the show, MiG Ayesa of the elfin ears made his major-label debut, MiG, under Universal’s Decca Records. Inevitably, though, he returned to his theater roots; he starred in the musicals We Will Rock You and Handel’s Messiah Rocks. He currently stars in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages and has a new album out called More Than Ever.
2. Marty Casey
Perhaps my favorite contestant on the show, Marty Casey and his longtime band Lovehammers opened for INXS during their 2006 Switched On tour after the show. That year, they also made their major-label debut under Sony’s Epic Records with Marty Casey & Lovehammers. Marty left the band in 2008-2009 (they were in a rut and Marty was even planning to work at a bank) for a short-lived stint as the lead singer of LA Guns, but he’s since been back in Chicago with the Lovehammers.
Download music by Marty Casey:
Set Fire (2012) | Amazon | iTunes
Heavy Crown (2009) | Amazon | iTunes
Marty Casey & Lovehammers (2006) | Amazon | iTunes
Murder on My Mind (2001) | Amazon | iTunes
L’Strange (2000) | Amazon | iTunes
1. JD Fortune
Obviously we know what happened next: polarizing contestant and perfect reality TV fodder JD Fortune became the lead singer of INXS, sang on their album Switch, and fronted the band on their Switched On tour. It would’ve been great if JD’s story ended on this happy note, but in 2009, JD (being JD) caused a stir by alleging that INXS unceremoniously sacked him and he was back to living in his car. (He also admitted to developing a serious cocaine addiction.) Long story short: the band denied this, JD retracted his story, and all was well again, with JD back in INXS. However, the plot thickens (again): JD recently tweeted that he wasn’t invited by INXS to record their new music (he also doesn’t appear on the photo ad for said music).