The backstreet boys were certainly a sensation everyone (especially ladies) drooled after back in the 1990s. They were a group of young men who are talented in the art of music and have the looks to make it sell. Backstreet Boys was formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993 by five young men and one of such savvy gentlemen was our very own blond god Nick Carter.
Born on the 28th day of January 1980, Nick is probably best known as a part of the now-defunct Backstreet Boys because even though he had a solo career that sold quite well, he was most popular as a part of the group. The American musician was born in Jamestown, New York to their mother Jane Elizabeth Schneck and his father Robert Gene Carter, a bar owner. Nick’s ethnicity is mixed as his mother is of Welsh, Irish, German, English, and a quarter American origin. Nick was the first of the five children his parents had together before their marriage eventually crumbled.
Career – Early Beginnings
For Nick Carter, his career path was formed pretty early when his mother registered him for voice and dance lessons at Karl and DiMarco’s School of Theatre and Dance. He was ten at the time and was learning ballet and tap and excelling at it too. His excellence got him many favors as he was soon performing in commercials and Operas. He featured in commercials for the Florida State Lottery and another for The Money Store. Better yet, he played the lead role in the fourth-grade production of Phantom of the Opera at Miles Elementary School.
Once he has begun, there was no stopping him. While he performed in dance, he did his best to not just entertain but also to educate. He made a video which he titled Reach For The Book as well as a show titled The Klub and for two years straight, Carter had the golden opportunity of performing at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home games. In 1990, his game was stepping up as he made his film debut in the movie Edward Scissorhands starring alongside big names such Johnny Depp.
His group days began back in 1989 when one of his teachers, seeing how well he sings, formed a group for him and some other kids. The group – Nick and the Angels would go on to wow everyone especially as Nick soon made covers for a host of other songs by various other artists. The collection of these songs were later compiled into what was named Before the Backstreet Boys 1989–1993 by Dynamic Discs, Inc released in October 2002.
At the age of 11, Nick took to attending auditions including that of the Backstreet Boys but did not make the cut because his mother would rather he joined Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club which seemed more likely to help him succeed while still schooling. Moreso, Backstreet was new and did not have much to offer whereas The Mickey Mouse Club offered him a $50,000 contract. Nick chose Backstreet and it was certainly a wise decision as Disney soon canceled the Mickey Mouse Club.
Backstreet Boys and Nick Carter’s Solo Career
At the time the group was formed, Nick was 13 and the youngest member of the group which included AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, and Kevin Richardson. The group became a sensation and recorded several albums with the last being In a World Like This (2013). He started nursing his solo ambition while the group was still going strong, and so when the group decided to ditch The Firm as their management company, he stayed with them to build his solo career. The group continued without him while he recorded his solo albums which were quite successful. His first solo album Now Or Never (2002) peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified gold, in U.S and Canada with two hit singles Help Me and I Got You.
While he was still the next best thing to chocolates, Nick Carter made it to the No 9 spot on People Magazine’s list of 50 Most Beautiful People in the year 2000. Like that was not enough, he beat hunky dudes like Brad Pitt and Justin Timberlake to become Cosmogirl magazine’s “Sexiest Man in the World” in 2002. By 2003, Carter began work on his second album titled I’m Taking Off, but had a lot of delays from working with Backstreet Boys again and eventually finished and released it in 2011.
2014 saw him doing a duet titled Nick & Knight with Jordan Knight. The duet was a hit and debuted at No 24 on the US Billboard 200 and No 14 in Canada.
Other than Music, Nick Carter ventured into acting when he starred alongside Kevin Zegers in the ABC Family Halloween special, The Hollow (2004) and in 2006 the television show House of Carters premiered staring Carter and his family reunion. Other TV shows he has appeared in include 8 Simple Rules, American Dreams to mention a few.
Having been into music and acting since the 1990’s it is expected that Nick must have made a fortune for himself from the showbiz business. A large chunk of his income comes from the sales of his albums, his acting career, and his dance career. As a singer, a songwriter, a dancer, an actor, and a producer, Nick Carter’s net worth has been estimated to a whopping $35 million.
Nick Carter’s Wife
He may be a fine specimen, but he is taken. Sorry ladies! But before he took the journey to matrimony, he had quite an interesting love life. Back in 2003, Nick was dating model and socialite Paris Hilton. After the broke up, he said she was a bad influence on him and had been like a catalyst to his bad habits and worst impulses.
In 2009, Nick met fitness trainer Lauren Kitt after they were introduced at a movie night at Nick’s house. The night seemed to be their perfect timing as they saw shooting stars together which was all the sign they needed. They started dating and soon became an important part of each other’s lives. Nick said he realized while on a tour that he could not live without her and so he decided to take the next step by going the old-fashioned way of getting her father’s approval before shopping for a ring. To make it all the more special, he had a diamond she loved made into a ring for the proposal which took place on an island with Lauren’s father and Nick’s best friend as witnesses in 2013.
The wedding took place in April 2014 in an intimate ceremony held at sunset at the Bacara resort in Santa Barbara, California. There were over 100 guests in attendance who were really close friends, family, and the Backstreet Boys bandmates. The official ceremony was followed by a ballroom reception featuring good food and a lot of dancing. The two welcomed their first child together, a son, on April 19, 2016, through a home birth and named him Odin Reign Carter.
Other than being a fitness trainer Lauren Kitt is also an actress and a part-time producer having worked on a short film titled The Pendant in 2010. She appeared as a boot camp instructor on the 2013 ABC soap opera One Life to Live.
Family – Brother, Sister
Carter may be the first child his parents had together but he certainly not the last. His parents Jane Elizabeth Schneck and Robert Gene Carter four more children after him. Bobbie Jean born January 12, 1982, Leslie born June 6, 1986, and the twins Aaron and Angel born December 7, 1987. Leslie, however, passed away on January 12, 1982. Carter also has a half-sister Ginger Carter from his father’s previous marriage.
In 2003, his parents got divorced and his father got remarried to Ginger R. Elrod with whom he had another son, Kaden Brent, in 2005. So in all, he has 5 siblings now.
It is no news that Carter and his younger brother Aaron have not been on the best of terms since after the first season of their family television show House of Carters. Apparently, Aaron took offense to a scene where Nick and his friends were making fun of him, since then, the relationship between the two has remained rocky even though Nick has made some efforts at reconciliation which all proved futile.
Height and Other Facts About Nick Carter
Birth Name: Nickolas Gene Carter
Date of Birth: January 28, 1980
Birth City: Jamestown, New York
Birth Sign: Aquarius
Height: : 6′ 0″ (183 cm)
Weight: t: 72 kg (159 pounds)
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Lauren Kitt (m. 2014)
Children: 1 (Odin Reign Carter)
Net Worth: $35 million