After being part of the Disney Channel’s fertile “The Mickey Mouse Club” with Justin Timerlake, Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell and Ryan Gosling during the early ’90s, Pontiac’s Tony Lucca felt “a sense of entitlement” once his tenure on the children’s show ended.
But now, six albums into a career that hasn’t grown as fast as those former castmates, he’s at peace with his status and even more positive for that.
“There’s a lot I took for granted before,” says Lucca, 35, “and now I certainly have been humbled. But I think staying at it as long as I have, I’ve been forced to come to terms with my shortcomings and just how rough a road it can be at times, and that’s been largely rewarding.
“Sometimes it’s hard not to feel as though you’re always at the beginning of it all, but when I’m playing shows and fans are coming out and they’re throwing their requests out there, all of a sudden you realize, ‘Wow, yeah, I’ve been doing this for a while.’ That makes me feel good.”
Lucca — who resides in Los Angeles with his wife, 16-month-old daughter and 8-year old stepson — released his latest album, “Rendezvous With the Angels,” last July. His music has been used on TV shows such as “Friday Night Lights,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Felicity” and “Shark,” and he’s started a side band with fellow singer-songwriters Jay Nash and Matt Duke, who plan to record a new album together this year.
“This constant renewal of progress and humility has kept it interesting, if nothing else,” Lucca notes. “There’s a lot of tricks of the trade, I’ve learned. You can get overwhelmed by it and blow it all off and say ‘I’m not willing to make the effort’ and see where you end up, or you can grab the bull by the horns and figure out what you need to do next to capitalize on what you’ve done so far.
“That in itself has proven to be motivating enough. You can’t half-ass it. As soon as you start to get down on yourself or neglect any of the duties or responsibilities it takes to be an indie artist, you’re going to perish.”
Tony Lucca and Jerad Finck perform Thursday, March 3, at the Pike Room in The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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