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Chris Kirkpatrick was the eldest member of the popular boy band N'Sync, not to mention the only one with dreadlocks. Now he plays now in the group Nigels 11.
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Chris Kirkpatrick was born on October 17, 1971, in Clarion, Pennsylvania. He rose from humble beginnings to music stardom as the eldest member of N'Sync. Since his boy band split up, Kirkpatrick has gone on to perform in the group Nigels 11, start a nonprofit foundation and participate in several reality shows. He's currently engaged to marketing representative Karly Skladany.
"I think when the stars are aligned, the time is right, and all five of us have our heads on straight and know the direction we're going as a band, it'll eventually happen. If not, I know we'll be best friends forever."
On October 17, 1971, Christopher Alan Kirkpatrick was born into a life of poverty. His parents split up when he was young. After graduation, Kirkpatrick continued his education with a focus on the performing arts in Florida (at Rollins College and Valencia College). He found his way onto the stage as part of a doo-wop group singing at Universal Studios. This led to an audition for the Backstreet Boys, but Kirkpatrick just missed the cut. Anything but defeated, he decided to form his own ensemble with the encouragement of Lou Pearlman, the man who orchestrated the formation of the Backstreet Boys.
Kirkpatrick extended an offer to Joey Fatone, a fellow Universal Studio performer, to join his upstart group, as well as Justin Timberlake, whom he'd met on the local audition circuit. Timberlake was connected with JC Chasez from the Mickey Mouse Club and invited him to join the band too. Last came Lance Bass, who was recommended by Timberlake's vocal coach.
The five guys churned out pop hits in Europe before America. Back home, their self-titled album was unimaginably successful, selling a million copies. It included such unforgettable tunes as "I Want You Back," "Tearin' Up My Heart," "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You" and "I Drive Myself Crazy." After their 1999 Christmas album, N'Sync produced the best-selling album of 2000, No Strings Attached. The track "Bye Bye Bye" scored a Grammy nod too. One year later came the five-time platinum record Celebrity, before Kirkpatrick and his bandmates split for solo projects.
Kirkpatrick put out a clothing line, FuMan Skeeto, and has done voiceover work for such popular cartoons as The Fairly Oddparents. But music has remained his priority. To stay relevant, Kirkpatrick appeared on CMT's Gone Country, where celebs take a crack at singing country music. Plus, he was on VH1's Mission Man Band, a show following the creation of a group from already established talent. Now Kirkpatrick has settled into his new band, Nigels 11. He's also popped the question to girlfriend Karly Skladany. Regardless of fame and fortune, Kirkpatrick has never forgotten how his family struggled in his youth. This prompted him to start the Chris Kirkpatrick Foundation to help underprivileged children. Despite so many individual undertakings, Kirkpatrick is still hoping for an N'Sync reunion one day.
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