One of the members of international 90s boy band Backstreet Boys, Nick Carter
said hello to stardom after the band’s self-titled debut album in 1995 won a
Smash Hits Award in the UK. He followed it up with the Boys’ massive hit albums
Backstreet’s Back (1997, also known as Backstreet Boys - US version) and
Millennium (1999), all of which went platinum. Carter and the group also gained
critical applause through their singles: “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” (1995,
earned a BMI Pop Award), the platinum hit “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” (1997,
won an MTV Video Music Award) and “I Want It That Way” (1999, netted an MTV
Video Music Award and an ALMA Award). Outside the band, Carter made a solo
album, Now or Never (2002), with the lead single “Help Me.” He also established
N-Control Management in 2000, under which he co-manages an alternative rock
group called Break Out.
Off camera, one of the 1999 Teen People Magazine’s “21 Hottest Stars Under 21”
and CosmoGirl Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Of The World,” Carter has also made
headlines because of his alcohol intake and uncontrollable behavior. After being
picked up in 2002 for disobeying police orders to leave a fight in a nightclub,
in 2005, he was arrested for drunk driving.
On a more upbeat side, Carter is a licensed scuba diver and the owner of the
“Nick Carter Racing” boat team. Carter also founded “Nick Carter Oceans
Campaign,” which was set up within the foundation Just Within Reach (JWR), owned
by band mate Kevin Richardson. Romantically, the performer had a relationship
with singer Willa Ford during 1998-2001, before seeing renowned heiress Paris
Hilton (2004-2005), whose name is imprinted on Carter’s wrist. In late 2005,
Carter was reportedly engaged to actress Bai Ling, but the rumor was denied.
Childhood and Family:
On January 28, 1980, Nicholas Gene Carter (later famous as Nick Carter) was born
at the WCA Hospital in Jamestown, New York. The second child of Robert Gene
Carter and Jane Elizabeth Spaulding, Nick is the brother of B.J. Carter (born in
1982), actress Leslie Carter (born on June 6, 1986) and twins Angel Carter and
musician Aaron Carter (born on December 7, 1987). His parents, who ran a
nightclub in New York City, moved to Tampa, Florida, a few years after his
Nick (sometimes also called “Frack,” “Messy Marvin,” “Chaos,” and “Nicky”)
showed a love for music at an early age and began auditioning for acting roles
at the age of 10. He studied at Frank D. Miles Elementary School and later
transferred to the Adams Middle School, in Tampa. He eventually began home
schooling as a teen to help support his dream of performing.
Sadly, in 2003, Nick’s parents divorced and his father married Ginger Elrod in
2004, while his mother married a Mr. Holcomb in 2005. From his father’s second
marriage, he has a half-brother named Kanden (born in June 2005) and a
stepsister named Taelyn.
Now or Never
Young Nick Carter demonstrated his enthusiasm for performing by appearing in
several television commercials and joining auditions. In 1989, Carter tried out
for a spot in the Mickey Mouse Club, and a year later, made his first TV
appearance as a cameo in the drama Judgment (1990). He was first seen on the big
screen as an extra in Tim Burton’s fantasy movie Edward Scissorhands (1990),
starring Johnny Depp.
Carter, who actually won a part in the Mickey Mouse Club, turned down the
opportunity and decided to form a vocal group with A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough.
Later, Kevin Scott Richardson and Brian Littrell joined the group, and in April
1993, the international band The Backstreet Boys was born.
Under the management of Louis J. Pearlman from Zomba Music Group, Carter and his
band mates impressed Jive Records with their singing performances, which led to
their signed contract in 1994. Under the label of Jive/Zomba Records, Backstreet
Boys’ self-titled album was released in late 1995 throughout Europe, with the
international hits “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” and “I’ll Never Break Your Heart.”
Achieving success soon afterward, the album hung on for several weeks in the Top
Ten position on the European charts, where the band gained critical appreciation
in the UK, winning a Smash Hits for Best Newcomers. On the US charts, however,
“We’ve Got It Goin’ On” did not gain the same enthusiastic response.
The situation was effectively corrected with the launch of the American version
of the eponymous album (1997), which was also released outside the US under the
title Backstreet’s Back. Officially releasing the platinum hit “Quit Playin’
Games (With My Heart)” and “As Long as You Love Me,” the record also spun off
the re-released “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” as well as the platinum Top Five
hits “All I Have to Give” and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” Aside from the
commercial victory, the latter single also nabbed an MTV Video Music award for
Dance Video. The phenomenal album also received platinum certification.
Meanwhile, the skyrocketing name of the Backstreet Boys brought Carter and other
members to a TV performance in the sitcom “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” (1998),
where they guest starred as themselves, as well as gym kids.
In the summer of 1999, the band smashed the international music industry with
their next album Millennium, which sold over a million copies in its first week.
Its tracks, “I Want It That Way,” “Larger Than Life,” “Show Me the Meaning of
Being Lonely,” and “The One,” burned the US charts with their heavy airplay. To
complete the success, “I Want It That Way” collected an MTV Video Music for
Video of the Year and an ALMA for Song of the Year. By the end of 1999,
Millennium arrived at the sales amount of 12 million copies in the US only,
paving the way for the release of the Christmas Album. Meanwhile, the single
“I’ll Never Break Your Heart” was handed a 2000 BMI Pop for Best Pop Song.
Following the success, Backstreet Boys released an album titled Black & Blue
(2000), which unfortunately did not do very well.
Outside the band, the performer lent his voice for his own animated character in
the family series “Arthur” (1998). Carter, who first wrote a song titled “Ain’t
It Cute” (1997) for his brother Aaron Carter, composed “True” for his sister
Leslie Carter in her debut single “Like Wow” (2001) and provided the track
“Answer to Our Life” for the animated movie Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001).
Having an interest in acting, he was seen in guest roles like Jay Black in the
musical drama “American Dreams” (2002) and Ben Hatcher in two episodes of the
sitcom “8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter” (2003).
As a gifted singer, Carter also made a solo attempt and worked with Josh
Schwartz and Brian Keirulf for his debut album, Now or Never, which was released
in 2002 under the label of Jive Records. Spawning the lead single “Help Me,” the
rock & roll and R&B album went gold and perched on No.9 in Italy. To help
promote the album, in February 2003, Carter did his first-ever solo tour. The
following year, after appearing as himself in the made-for-TV sci-fi adventure
Monster Island (2004, along with Carmen Electra and La La Vasquez), the
performer had his next acting performance as the menacing, arrogant, but
mesmerizing, Brody in the horror movie The Hollow (2004).
Carter rejoined the band in 2004 and released their newest single, “Incomplete,”
while on tour in April 2005. Two months later, the band’s studio album Never
Gone (2005) was launched, with the second lead single “Just Want You To Know.”
Carter is also set to play a role in the Jace Anderson and Adam Gierasch-written
horror Brew (2005), but so far the project has gone nowhere. In 2006, he will
star in the reality show “House of Carters,” in which cameras will record the
daily life of the Carters kids.
BMI Pop: Pop Song, “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” 2000
ALMA: Song of the Year, “I Want It That Way,” 2000
MTV Video Music: Video of the Year, “I Want It That Way,” 1999
MTV Video Music: Dance Video, “Everybody,” 1997
Smash Hits: Best Newcomers, “We’ve Got It Goin’ On,” 1995