NICK LACHEY Biography - Theater, Opera and Movie personalities


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For the last six years, the soundtrack to much of Nick Lachey’s life has been wild screams and thunderous applause. You wouldn’t guess that by talking to him, though. As one-fourth of the vocal group sensation 98, Nick has enjoyed multi-platinum sales and sold-out world tours. But Nick’s down-to-earth demeanor, genuine humility, and faith in his talent has drowned out the peripheral noise that makes most superstars, well, less than super.


“Growing up in the midwest grounds you in a way that you don’t get everywhere,” says Nick, who grew up in Cincinnati before moving to Los Angeles to realize his dreams. “I love it there. But when you live in the midwest, some people think, ‘It’s not going to happen to me.’ I hate that some people feel trapped there. I just told myself, ‘Hey, it’s going to happen to somebody.


Why shouldn’t it happen to me?’” And indeed it did happen. The next chapter of that dream-made-reality finds Nick confidently taking on his greatest challenge thus far: his self-titled solo debut. Recorded with a host of cutting-edge producers, the disc showcases Nick’s passion for soul-based music, and takes the songs in some surprising new directions. Throughout, the stellar arrangements make ample room for Nick’s fluid vocals, heart-wrenching melodies, and ever-optimistic lyrics. “I definitely wanted to evolve from where the group left off, and try some new things,” he says. “At the same time, I didn’t want to go so far that I alienated the fans who have been so loyal through the years.”


“Shut Up,” co-written and produced by The Matrix crew (Avril Lavigne), beckons from the dancefloor with a salacious groove punctuated by horns, slap bass and elastic guitar. “What I like about ‘Shut Up’ is that it’s fresh and different with the horns and the guitar,” says Nick. “It’s uptempo, but not in a trendy hip-hop sort of way. We infused everything we did with soul.” “Carry On,” co-written and produced by Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams), tingles the spine and swells the chest with shuffling beats, anthemic guitars and uplifting lyrics. “We were living through a horrible time when I wrote that, and we’re still living through a horrible time,” says Nick, who penned the song in late 2001.


“I wanted to write a song that inspired people to leave it all behind and press on.” And “On And On,” written by Nick and produced by Trina Harmon and Stuart Brawley (Brandy, Michael Jackson), strips it all down to stately grand piano and Nick’s soulful voice. The effect is timeless. “If there was a prevailing theme to the album, it was ‘Don’t overproduce it; make it more organic,’” he says. “I wanted to step away from the big ballad production that I’m known for.”


Though the album’s gestation was relatively short, the diverse material reflects the accelerated pace of Nick’s life, which included numerous ups and downs. The lyrics are universal enough that listeners can apply their own situations to the songs. But those craving specifics about the singer’s life won’t be disappointed, either. “Edge Of Eternity,” a windswept, R&B- ballad, was written as a wedding present for his new bride, pop chanteuse Jessica Simpson.


“It was definitely written with her in mind,” he says, beaming. “But I didn’t have a chance to sing it on our wedding day [October 26, 2002].” Instead, Nick’s bandmates–his brother Drew, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre–serenaded her with “My Everything,” a hit from 98’s Revelation that Nick also wrote for Jessica.


“Let Go,” once again produced by The Matrix, delivers Nick’s thumbnail autobiography thus far, humorously recalling his early aspirations. “When I was little, my mom used to say that I could grow up to be a doctor,” he says with a laugh. “But she’s always been supportive of my decision to pursue a singing career. But, yeah, like the song says, I remember moving to L.A. and how uncertain the situation was.


I’ve definitely slept on enough floors.” His success ensures he’ll never have to do that again. But there are some things he’ll always retain from those early years. “This album is definitely a transition for me,” he admits. “But I can’t see myself handling things any differently than I have thus far. I’ve always maintained an attitude of staying as humble as I possibly could.”