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Nick Lachey

Background information
Birth name Nicholas Scott Lachey
Born November 9, 1973 (1973-11-09) (age 36)
Harlan, Kentucky,
United States
Origin Cincinnati, Ohio,
United States
Genres Pop rock
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actor
Instruments Harmonica
Years active 1997–present
Labels Motown, Universal, Jive
Associated acts 98 Degrees

Nicholas Scott "Nick" Lachey (pronounced /ləˈʃeɪ/ "la-SHAY";[1] born November 9, 1973) is an American pop singer, actor, producer, television host, and television personality who rose to fame in the late 1990s as a member of the boy band 98 Degrees.

Lachey starred in the hit reality television series Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica with his then-wife, Jessica Simpson. The series ran on MTV for four seasons, from 2003–2005.


Early years

Nicholas Jack 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, Zac and Kaitlin. Growing up in Ohio, he attended Cincinnati's well-regarded public School for Creative and Performing Arts, developing his vocal talent and aspiring to become an entertainer. 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 up at Miami, he received a phone call from long-time friend, Jonathan Lippmann, who had recently met Jeff Timmons. After Lippman talked Lachey and Justin Jeffre into moving to L.A., the foursome started singing everywhere they could. Lippmann left the group to start the Christian group True Vibe and was replaced by Nick's brother, Drew Lachey.

Music career

98 Degrees

Other band members were his brother Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons. 98 Degrees have released 4 albums to date. 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. Other albums include This Christmas and Revelation. In 2002, they released a compilation album The Collection. Since the release of The Collection, 98 Degrees has sold over 10 million records.

Solo career


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 and received poor reviews.[citation needed] He released two singles from the album: "This I Swear" (the theme song from Newlyweds) and "Shut Up", a pop track featured in Newlyweds as Lachey was making the video. The making of the music video for "Shut Up" was chronicled on the show Making the Video, and it starred Dax Shepard of Punk'd fame as well as Jennifer Morrison of House, M.D..

What's Left of Me

Nick Lachey in concert.

In 2005, rumors circulated that Lachey was back in the studio after SoulO underperformed.[citation needed] Lachey soon confirmed that he was indeed back in the studio for a second solo album, entitled What's Left of Me. The album was released on May 9, 2006, by Jive Records.

The first single from the album was the title track, "What's Left of Me", released on February 21, 2006. The song quickly became a hit, reaching a peak position of #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The subsequent album of the same name was released in May 2006, and debuted at # 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, once again thrusting Lachey into the spotlight. In June 2006, the single "What's Left of Me" hit #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay. Soon after the release of the single "What's Left of Me", the media fired up speculation that the song's lyrics were about Lachey's divorce with Jessica Simpson. In the single's music video, Vanessa Minnillo, the MTV VJ and television personality, played Simpson's role, showcasing the last days of the couple's relationship. The music video for Lachey's second single off the album, "I Can't Hate You Anymore", debuted on MTV's TRL on July 26, 2006, peaking at #4. In the spring of 2006, the album What's Left of Me was RIAA certified Gold, after selling more than 500,000 copies domestically.

In July 2006, Lachey's label, Jive Records, announced his What's Left of Me Tour. The tour began September 20, 2006 and was expected to last for about two months. Lachey's band for the What's Left of Me tour has Robbie Gennet playing rhythm guitar and singing, Al Berry playing bass guitar and singing, Kristopher Pooley playing keyboards and singing, Pathik Desai playing lead guitar and singing, and Derek Wyatt playing drums.

Other Projects

Lachey recorded "Ordinary Day" for the made-for-television movie For One More Day and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show December 5, 2007 to promote it. The movie aired on December 9. The song was released to iTunes on December 18, 2007. It was penned by Academy Award nominated songwriter Diane Warren.[1] New song titles "All In My Head", "It's Like", and "Only Good With You" have been playing on since April 2008.

Coming Up for Air

Lachey is working on a new album entitled Coming Up for Air. He had previously announced to MTV News that it will continue his trademark ballad style, but the album has since developed more of a pop/rock feel. The first single from the album is titled "Patience", a cover of British boy band Take That's song; he premiered the song live in Houston, Texas at the KRBE Jingle Jam 2008. It was digitally released on January 27, 2009. The album will also include a song called Temporary, which was co-written by American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi; she also sings it with Lachey as a duet.[2]. A second single titled, "All In My Head", was digitally released in April 2009. The song was featured in an episode of TV series One Tree Hill which Lachey appeared on and was written by One Tree Hill star Bethany Joy Galeotti. The album is now slated for early 2010 release. Nick record 2 songs The Way That You Love Me and Without You both produced by Norwegian record producer Stargate.

It was announced in January 2010 that Lachey's label, Jive Records, have put the new album on hold indefinitely.[3][4][5]

Film and television

Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica

Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica premiered on MTV in August 2003 to a huge amount of viewers and recognition. The outrageous quotes, hilarious lifestyle, and mega-spending of the young couple made Newlyweds a phenomenon. Many famous moments included Simpson confusing tuna and chicken, and thinking that buffaloes had wings. The couple was sprung into the spotlight.

Taking the Stage

Taking the Stage premiered on MTV in March 2009. It is a musical reality show documenting the lives of high school students at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lachey's alma mater. Lachey produced the show, and appeared in it on the third episode.

Other television appearances

Lachey began taking acting jobs after the premiere of Newlyweds. Notably, he took a recurring role as the love interest and temporary replacement woman's-advice-columnist playing Leslie St. Claire, Ph.D., for Alyssa Milano's character Phoebe Halliwell in the 2004-2005 season of the series Charmed.[6] Among other acting jobs he's landed, Lachey has appeared on the series Hope and Faith, and Twins. In 2009 he appeared as himself on the series One Tree Hill.[7][8] In December 2009, he hosted The Sing-Off, a four-part American singing competition on NBC featuring a cappella groups from the United States and Puerto Rico.

Personal life

Lachey dated fellow pop star Jessica Simpson for four years, beginning in early 1999. During that time, they had a five-month break up, but say they remained in contact. They resumed dating in 2001 and married on October 26, 2002. MTV featured the couple in the reality series "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica" for four seasons, beginning with their wedding day. Lachey and Simpson also starred in "The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour" and a Christmas special together on ABC.

Following months of rumors and tabloid speculation, Lachey and Simpson announced their separation in November 2005. Their divorce was finalized on June 30, 2006. He released "What's Left Of Me" following their divorce and former MTV VJ, Vanessa Minnillo, starred in the music video, playing Simpson's part.

Soon after, Lachey and Minnillo began dating. In April 2007, the couple moved in together, purchasing an apartment in New York City's Atelier Condo Building, as well as sharing Lachey's other homes in Bel Air, California and Tacoma, Washington.[9] On June 23, 2009, Minnillo's publicist announced that Nick and Vanessa split after dating for 3 years. [10] As of August 2009, Nick and Vanessa relationship isn't officially back on yet. But, they were spotted together at La Guardia on October 22, 2009 and also in the Cincinnati airport together later that night. [11]

On NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly, ringing in the 2010 New Year, Vanessa and Nick were promoting Nivea's new XOXO chain. They, as a couple, locked lips on camera in promotion of the cause, which donates money to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Charity with every uploaded video of a kiss.

Sports interests

Lachey is part owner of the Hollywood Fame, a team in the American Basketball Association that began play in fall 2006,[12] and is part of an ownership group of the Tacoma Rainiers, the Seattle Mariners' Triple-A affiliate.Lachey is also a devout Cincinnati Bengals fan.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2003—2005 Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica Himself Reality television
2003 Christmas in Rockefeller Center Musical Guest made for television (NBC)
2004 American Dreams Tom Jones "I'm Not with Her" (Season 2, Episode 13)
I'm with Her Tyler Vance "To Tell the Truth " (Season 1, Episode 22)
Charmed Leslie St. Claire 6 episodes (Season 7)
Hope & Faith Chris "Just-In Time " (Season 2, Episode 9)
2005 The Hard Easy Jason Burns Main Role
Bewitched Vietnam Soldier appearance
2006 She Said, He Said Kurtwood Weymouth Main Role / Television pilot
Twins Charlie "Himbo" (Season 1, Episode 17)
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Dwayne appearance
2008 Clash of the Choirs Choir Director Reality television
2009 One Tree Hill Himself
2009 Taking the Stage Himself - Guest Reality television
2009 The Sing Off Host Reality television


Awards and nominations

Teen Choice Awards

  • Best Love Song: What's Left of Me (August 20, 2006)
  • Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon (August 20, 2006)

MTV Video Music Awards

  • Best Male Video: What's Left of Me (nominated) (August 29, 2006)

American Music Awards

  • Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist (nominated) (November 21, 2006)

MTV Video Music Awards

  • Best Song ever: All in my head (nominated) (April 21 2009)


  1. ^ Nager, Larry (November 11, 2003). "TV's hottest newlywed says he's a regular local guy". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  2. ^ Nick Lachey Records Duet With American Idol Judge US Magazine, February 7, 2009
  3. ^ “Broke” Nick Lachey Vanessa Minnillo Can’t Afford Dream Wedding
  4. ^ Nick Lachey Can’t Afford to Get Married
  5. ^ Nick Lachey Is Broke?!
  6. ^ "Lucky 'Charmed'". Entertainment Weekly. July 2, 2004. pp. The MTV Newlyweds star will appear in a guest role for six episodes next season as a ghostwriter who fills in for columnist Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) during her sabbatical and ends up falling in love with her..,,660336,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  7. ^ Nick Lachey comes up for ‘Air,’ chews fat Boston Herald. 2/22/09
  8. ^ Nick Lachey To Guest Star On "One Tree Hill"AHN. 2/19/09
  9. ^ Baker, K.C.; Molly Lopez (April 21, 2007). "Nick Lachey, Vanessa Minnillo Move In Together". People Magazine.,,20036054,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
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