What do 19-year-old Lance Bass from Mississippi, 22-year-old D.C
native JC Chasez, 21-year-old Joey Fatone Jr. of New York, 26-year-old
Pittsburgh native Chris Kirkpatrick, and 18-year-old Justin Timberlake
of Memphis all have in common? They make up one of the hottest
dance-pop vocal groups ever. These five boys from all over the
United States met in Orlando Florida, where the Backstreet Boys
"JC" and Justin first met while performing on the Disney
Channels Mickey Mouse Club with their good friend Britney
Spears. After the Disney show was cancelled, Justin accompanied
"JC" back to Tennessee, where they both worked on solo
careers in Nashville. A short while later, "JC" and
Justin moved back to Orlando where they met Chris Kirkpatrick.
The three became fast friends and met up with Joey Fatone while
out at a local Orlando dance club. Recognizing the energy that
they radiated, this quartet decided to form a group, there was
only one thing missing, someone to sing the bass. That is where
Lance Bass - yes that is his real name - fits in. Lance puts the
finishing touch on the sounds from these five guys that could
not be more perfectly described than NSync. In 1997, NSync
signed a recording contract with RCA Records and recorded their
self-titled debut album. It was decided that they would first
release their record in Germany, which had also worked earlier
for the Backstreet Boys. NSync was embraced by the German
public while on tour to support the album.In 1998 NSync
returned to the states triumphant, confident and ready to release
the album in the U.S. With a Disney Channel special, and radio
and television exposure, NSync has snowballed into one of
the biggest pop acts today. You can catch them in a city near
you on the "Aint No Stopping Us Now Tour 1999"
or in the fall opening up for Janet Jackson. The five young men
who make up 'N Sync came from all over the U.S. to form a band
FL that then became an overnight sensation in Germany. Confused?
You needn't be. JC, Joey, Justin, Lance and Chris have come together,
with a self-titled debut RCA Records album.
The record, originally released on BMG Ariola Munich, was produced
by several top-name producers,
including dancemeister Denniz Pop (Ace of Base, 3T, Robyn), and
has already sported two giant smashes.
The anthemic pop-soul of "I Want You Back" went Gold
in both Europe and the United States.
The dance-floor pulse of "Tearin' Up My Heart," their
latest release, is one of the most played songs at Top 40 radio
this summer. In August, with the help of their first hour long
television special, 'N Sync In Concert, on the Disney Channel,
'N Sync's debut album earned Platinum status and entered the Top
10 on Billboard's charts.
How they met?
The group's roots are based in the Orlando meeting of Washington
DC born "JC" Chasez,
and Memphis, TN native Justin Timberlake
on the set of the Disney Channel show, "Mickey Mouse Club."
After the show ended, JC and Justin found themselves in Nashville
at the same time working with the same vocal coach and writers,
but on separate solo projects.
Justin was then called back to Orlando, where he hooked up with
Pittsburgh, PA expatriate Chris Kirkpatrick.
The trio then met New Yorker Joey Fatone in a local Orlando club.
The four would go out clubbing where their slick dance-floor moves
had everyone wanting to know what group they were in.
Thus inspired, the quartet decided to form a band and started
looking for a bass voice. Through Justin's vocal coach in Tennessee,
the group hooked up with blonde-haired, green-eyed, 18-year-old
Clinton, Mississippi crooner James Lance Bass AKA Lance, who fit
right in with his characteristic basso profundo. The bandmates
may have come from all over, but JustiN, ChriS, JoeY, LansteN
(Lance's occasional nickname) and JC discovered immediately they
were 'N Sync.