In Sync with Life, Career
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JC met then pre-teen Justin Timberlake on Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club. In the MMC's last year, Lance Bass also joined the cast. The show was a training ground for other future superstars including Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
"Musically speaking, Justin and I had a lot in common," recalls JC
in this CyberSpacers exclusive. "After the MMC ended, we were working on separate solo projects in Nashville, and found that we had the same vocal coaches. We also liked the same kind of music."
Returning to Orlando, Timberlake joined Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone. With the addition of JC, and Lance Bass, and managed by former New Kids On The Block manager Johnny Wright, 'N Sync was formed in 1995.
JC gives credit for the name to Justin's mother. "We were having dinner at Justin's house," he remembers, "delicious, spicy hot Southern food, man can she cook," he smiles. "We were throwing around different ideas for names. Embarrassing enough, 'KISMET' was one of the other names being seriously considered. And then, Justin's mom said 'You guys are in sync - so what about 'NSync?' And that was it!"
When the group had their five star members, manager and name -
they enlisted the talents of several hot pop producers, including Kristian Lundin (Backstreet Boys), Denniz Pop and Max Martin (Robyn, Ace Of Base). The team then recorded a collection of tracks designed to appeal to a teenage audience.
Their debut album became an instant success in Europe on the strength of the top selling singles 'I Want You Back' and 'Tearin'
Up My Heart'. As a result of their successful American tour, 'I Want You Back' climbed high on the Billboard Hot 100. The
album eventually hit #2.
The band opened for Janet Jackson and performed their first television concert on the Disney Channel. The next album,
'Home For Christmas' was released in time for the holidays.
A mix of new material and standards, the album debuted at #7
on the US album chart in November, and #2 in England.
Hit after hit followed. '(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You' climbed to US #8 in February 1999, while 'Music of My Heart', a soundtrack single recorded with Gloria Estefan, debuted
at Number Two in October. Then, their debut for Jive Records in March 2000, 'No Strings Attached' - became the first album in US history to sell more than 2 million copies in its first week of sales!
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