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Nick Lachey

Date of birth : 1973-11-09
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Harlan, Kentucky, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-11-05

Nicholas Scott "Nick" Lachey is an American singer, songwriter, actor, producer and television personality. Lachey rose to fame as a member of the boy band 98 Degrees. He later starred in the reality television series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica with his then-wife, Jessica Simpson. He has released two solo album, SoulO and What's Left of Me.

Nicholas Scott Lachey was born near the border of Kentucky and Virginia in Harlan, Kentucky to Cate Fopma-Leimbach and John Lachey. He has a brother, Drew, a stepsister, Josie, a half brother, Isaac, and two adopted siblings, Zach and Caitlin Leimbach. Growing up in Ohio, he attended Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts, developing his vocal talent while excelling in sports and academics. After graduation he attended the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California.

After a year at USC, he wanted to be closer to his family and transferred to Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, where he studied sports medicine and became a brother in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. While finishing at Miami, he received a phone call from long-time friend, Jonathan Lippmann who talked Lachey into moving back to Los Angeles to form a singing group with Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. Lippmann soon left the group to start the Christian group True Vibe and was replaced by Lachey's brother, Drew.

Their debut album was the self-titled 98 Degrees; however, the band's first real success came with their follow up album 98 Degrees and Rising. 98 Degrees has sold over 10 million records.

Lachey dated fellow pop star Jessica Simpson on and off for four years, beginning in early 1999. They married on October 26, 2002. The couple was featured on the reality series "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica" for four seasons, beginning with their wedding day.

On November 11, 2003, his solo debut album, SoulO, was released. Despite being released during the success of Newlyweds, the album was a commercial failure.

Lachey took a recurring role on series Charmed between 2004 and 2005.

Following months of rumors and tabloid speculation, Lachey and Simpson announced their separation in November 2005. Their divorce was finalized on June 30, 2006.

What's Left of Me was released on May 9, 2006 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. The album was certified Gold, after selling more than 500,000 copies domestically. The first single from the album was the title track, "What's Left of Me", released on February 21, 2006. The song became a hit, reaching a peak position of number six on the Billboard Hot 100.

The video for "What's Left Of Me" featured former MTV VJ, Vanessa Minnillo. Soon after its release, Lachey and Minnillo began dating.
Lachey recorded "Ordinary Day" for the Oprah Winfrey produced film, For One More Day.

Lachey began working on his third solo album in 2007. It was announced in January 2010 that Jive Records had put his new album on hold indefinitely. In June 2010, Lachey confirmed that he had parted ways with Jive Records. On November 4, 2010 it was announced that Minnilo and Lachey were engaged.

Taking the Stage, a musical reality show documenting the lives of high school students at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, premiered on MTV in March 2009. It was produced by Lachey. In December 2009, he hosted The Sing-Off, a four-part American singing competition featuring a cappella groups.

On November 4, 2010, Lachey announced his engagement to Vanessa Minnillo, whom he had been dating since 2006 (with a brief break-up and reunion in summer 2009).

Lachey is part owner of the Hollywood Fame, a team in the American Basketball Association that began play in fall 2006, and is part of an ownership group of the Tacoma Rainiers, the Seattle Mariners' Triple-A affiliate. Lachey is also a devout Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Bearcats fan.

Discography

2003—2005 Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
2003 Christmas in Rockefeller Center
2004
American Dreams
I'm with Her
Charmed
Hope & Faith
2005 The Hard Easy
Bewitched
2006 She Said, He Said
2006 Twins
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter
2008 Clash of the Choirs
2009 One Tree Hill
2009 Taking the Stage
2009 The Sing-Off


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