Person 2 Person: Moana Wolfgramm Feinga

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(KUTV) Remember The Jets? They were popular in the 80s with hits like "Crush on You," "You've Got it All," "Make it Real," and more.

Moana Wolfgramm Feinga was the youngest member of the family band, and one of its lead singers.

The Wolfgramms came to Utah from the South Pacific in the 1960s. They were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

At the time, there were 10 kids in the family. They had a landscaping business and did entertainment on the side.

One day, they were watching a variety show with the Jacksons and the Osmonds--both famous family bands.

"My dad was like, 'That's what we need to do!'" Feinga recalled. "'We can build a band and we can stay together as a family.'"

They ended up traveling doing Polynesian review shows and then eventually got a job in the Midwest to do shows at a chain of hotels called Hawaiian Inn.

The hotels eventually went bankrupt.

"We got stranded in Minneapolis and the last hotel allowed our family to work as long as we just did Top 40 music in their lounge," Feinga said.

The family performed around the area and developed a little following, calling their band Quesar.

A man named Don Powell, who had managed stars like Stevie Wonder, saw Quesar perform at a hotel lounge and eventually became their manager and gave them the name The Jets.

The Jets were comprise of the first eight kids of the Wolfgramm family--nine more kids followed after--and they were the sole breadwinners for the family.

"It was just nice to get food on the table," Feinga said.

The Jets experienced some peaks and valleys in their career and by the time many of them were young adults their career seemed to be over.

"You're like, 'Wait--everybody else is going to college just getting their start!' And we'd been in the business this whole time and now we're struggling.'" Feinga said. "It did take a toll and the thing that brought us together started to tear us apart."

At that point, The Jets felt a lot of pressure to keep earning money for the family, but wanted to try something new and start families. And at 19 years old, lead singer Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Feinga described some family relationships at the time as "kind of toxic."

But, those relationships are now "starting to heal," according to Feinga.

The group got back together and did a reunion album, but had trouble with finances and booking shows, which recreated a rift.

There was even a litigation, but that is being settled now.

"I think that when you're a family you always want to pick the family," Feinga said. "We'll get through all of our situation, like we always do, because it's just not worth it no to."

The Jets hope to continue to do shows and perform for their die hard fans.

"We know that there's not a demand for The Jets in current radio today, but there is an audience that still loves 80s music," Feinga said.

And she really enjoys the chance to get on stage.

"It's kind of like a runaway. I get to leave my six kids and go out and be a diva for one night, and then I come home the next day and do my laundry," she laughed.

"It's a blessing to have fans that still love your music, but I think more than that it's really just reflecting where your happiness is," she said. "That's what I'm hoping is that all of us are happy with where we're at."

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