Jordan Nathaniel Marcel Knight was born on May 17, 1970, in Worcester, Massachusetts. In the 1980s, he and his brother Jonathan became teen idols as part of the mega-popular boy band New Kids on the Block. Five years after the group split up in 1999, Knight flourished as a solo artist. Today, the now-married singer enjoys his own projects, NKOTB reunion endeavors and doting on his two sons.
Jordan Nathaniel Marcel Knight was born on May 17, 1970. He was the sixth and youngest child of Allan Knight, a carpenter turned Episcopal priest, and Marlene Putnam, a social worker. His parents, who hailed from Canada, split up when he was young. Drawn to singing, and gifted with a standout falsetto voice, Knight joined the local church choir at age 7. By adolescence, he was singing in subway stations and break dancing on the streets of Boston.
New Kids on the Block
In 1984, neighborhood friend Donnie Wahlberg approached the 14-year-old Knight about joining New Kids on the Block, a boy band being put together by Maurice Starr, the music producer behind the group New Edition. Knight and his brother Jonathan signed on, as did Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood. NKOTB's first album failed to make a big splash in 1986, but Hangin' Tough, the 1988 follow-up, scored five Top 10 songs. This fivesome went on to sell 80 million records, with Knight singing lead vocals on such favorites as "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" and "Step by Step." Knight also co-wrote some of the group's songs, including "My Favorite Girl."
In 1994, when NKOTB parted ways, Knight avoided the singing spotlight for five years. He then released a self-titled solo album that contained such chart toppers as Give It to You. Big names like singer Robin Thicke produced this debut. Knight had another reason to celebrate that year: the arrival of son Dante on August 25, 1999, with his girlfriend, Evelyn Melendez. (He credits fatherhood with helping him overcome past troubles with alcohol.) In 2004, he married Evelyn, and three years later they had another son, Eric.
Retro Boy-Band Tour
Knight and NKOTB made headlines by announcing a new album, 10, debuting on April 2, 2013. They also revealed that they'd be hitting the road with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees on the Package Tour, which began in May 2013.
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