Nickolas Gene "Nick" Carter (born January 28, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, entertainer, author and actor. He is best known as a member of the pop group Backstreet Boys. He has released two solo albums, Now Or Never and I'm Taking Off during breaks taken by the Backstreet Boys. He has made occasional television appearances and starred in his own reality show, House of Carters. He gained fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a teen idol. He is also the older brother of singer Aaron Carter.
Early life and family:
Carter was born in Jamestown, New York, where his parents, Jane Elizabeth (née Spaulding) and Robert Gene Carter, owned a bar called the Yankee Rebel. Several years later, the family moved to Ruskin, Florida and managed the Garden Villa Retirement Home, where they added to the family. Carter's siblings are: B.J. (Bobbie Jean);Leslie (June 6, 1986 - January 31, 2012); and twins Aaron and Angel (born December 7, 1987).
Robert G. Carter has a daughter Ginger Carter (born 1972), from a previous marriage. Carter's parents divorced in 2003. His father remarried, to Ginger R. Elrod (born December 5, 1974) in 2004, and had a son, Kaden Brent, in June 2005.
Carter began auditioning for acting roles in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and appeared in many commercials. He also made an appearance in the 1990 Johnny Depp film Edward Scissorhands as a child playing on a slip and slide. Carter covered a number of songs made popular by other artists in the late 1980s including "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" and "Uptown Girl". Some of these early recordings were released in 2002 on the CD titled Before the Backstreet Boys 1989-1993 by Dyenamic Discs, Inc.
Carter, A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, and Kevin Richardson formed the pop group Backstreet Boys, with Carter, at 12, the youngest member. The group recorded several albums, beginning in the mid-1990s, went on hiatus in 2001, and regrouped in 2003, releasing albums as late as 2013's In a World Like This.
In 2002, when the Backstreet Boys expressed a strong desire to leave their management company, The Firm, Carter chose to remain with them to manage his solo career. As the group began recording their new album without him, he started working on his first solo album.Now Or Never was released on October 29, 2002, and it reached No. 17 on Billboard 200 and was certified gold, both in the United States and Canada. The lead single, "Help Me" achieved considerable worldwide success while the other single, "I Got You" was a minor hit in Europe. The album made the charts in many countries as well. He also launched a worldwide tour in support of the album. He was No.9 of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in 2000 and Cosmogirl magazine's "Sexiest Man in the World" in 2002, beating out such competition as actor Brad Pitt and rival pop star Justin Timberlake for the title, launching a media-hyped "rivalry" between Timberlake and Carter, culminating in an amicable 2009 meeting off camera on the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where Carter defeated Timberlake in an arm wrestling match "Man of the Moment".
Nick began work on his second solo album in 2003, but the recordings were aborted when the Backstreet Boys returned to the studio. One of the tracks from the earlier recording sessions was used as the theme song to the television series House of Carters in 2006. "Let It Go" was written by Nick Carter, Matthew Gerrard, and Bridget Louise Benenate.
Carter recorded a duet with pop singer Jennifer Paige called Beautiful Lie in 2009. In 2010, Nick Carter started recording new songs for his second solo album, working with Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk, Toby Gad, Josh Hoge, Claude Kelly, among many others. Carter's new album titled I'm Taking Off, was released on February 2, 2011 in Japan, in Germany on June 3, 2011 and in the USA via iTunes on May 24. As of June 2011, Nick's second solo album reached No. 8 in Japan, selling over 20,000 copies.
In 2014, Carter recorded a duet album with Jordan Knight, titled Nick & Knight. They will also tour together to support the album in September-November 2014.
In October 2004, Carter starred as local bully Brody in the ABC Family Halloween special, The Hollow, opposite Kevin Zegers.
Carter and his siblings starred in a reality television show, House of Carters, which premiered on October 2, 2006 on E!. The series features all five Carter siblings reuniting to live in the same house, as well as feature in-depth moments of their ups and downs.
He made two appearances on the TV show "8 Simple Rules", and also appeared on "American Dreams". In 2007, Carter filmed the independent movie Fast Glass with Brandon Quinn, Andrew Keegan, Natalia Cigliuti, Greg Grunberg, and Reno Wilson. It was originally scheduled for release in 2008, but was released as direct-to-video movie in 2010. In 2012, he made a guest appearance on 90210. Carter made his motion picture debut in 2013, appearing in the comedy This Is the End along with the rest of the Backstreet Boys.
Later in 2013, it was announced that Carter and his fiancee, Lauren Kitt, would be starring in their own reality show, Getting Carter to I Do. The show will be centered around the planning of their upcoming wedding. It will also show Carter and Kitt addressing issues with their personal lives, which includes their past, their families, and their thoughts on the upcoming marriage. It will air on VH1 sometime in 2014.
Carter proposed to his long term girlfriend, Lauren Kitt, on February 23, 2013 in Florida. They got married on April 12, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California.
Carter has acknowledged ongoing struggles with drugs and alcohol abuse. He says that he became sober after being diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and realized that he could die if he did not make major lifestyle changes. The singer credits fellow Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson for helping him turn his life around by giving him Norman Vincent Peale's book Why Some Positive Thinkers Get Powerful Results. After reading that book he started a healthier lifestyle, saying "Working out definitely helped my self esteem, and it helped to kind of push it all aside. I just started replacing drinking and the parties... with healthier things like sports, video games."
On February 19, 2009, Carter appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to speak about his past with drugs and alcohol addictions.
In 2013, he published his first book titled Facing the Music And Living To Talk About It.
Carter was announced as the new United Nations Special Ambassador for the Year of the Dolphin (YoD) on May 17, 2007 representing the United Nations Environment Programme, the Convention on Migratory Species, and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. He was to record a new song and video with all proceeds going to this project, make a public service announcement and appear at local schools. Carter has stated that he has a passion for the environment and its oceans. He has worked with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN). He also has lobbied for these causes at Capitol Hill.