Biography: Ryan Star
Star was born Ryan Stahr Kulchinsky in Huntington, Long Island, New York and grew up in Dix Hills. He was 14 years old when he formed his first band called Stage. They released a handful of EPs, and in 2003 a self-titled album on Maverick Records. While still in high school, the band played CBGB's and the Mercury Lounge. When the band parted ways, Star became the solo artist R.Star. Star was one of the contestants on the CBS reality television show of the second season of Rock Star. The show was a talent show type reality series in which the band Supernova was looking for a lead singer to front their supergroup. The show's producer and the drummer of the band was Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe. On the show, Ryan consistently showed his diverse style from melodic and moving piano to rocking. During his run on the show, he was nicknamed Ryan "The Darkhorse" Star by show commentator Dave Navarro. He was eventually eliminated from the show. Days after his elimination, Mark Burnett, the show's producer, set up Ryan and the show's House Band to record a live album, to help Ryan jump start his career. Star returned to the show on week 11 with the help of his fans through SMS voting, to perform an encore performance of "Back of Your Car", and was awarded a Honda CR-V.