About Nick Carter
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Philanthropist
Nick Carter is taking off, both literally and figuratively, with his appropriately titled new album I’m Taking Off.
The album’s title is representative of Nick’s philosophy. “I felt like this was my moment. I’m rising to the occasion and taking off,” he says with conviction.
The album, according to Nick, who co-wrote every song on the record, is diverse. “It has songs about love, happiness, the sad parts of love—it’s got some dance tracks on it. You can play it for your loved one or you can play it in the club.”
The first single, “Just One Kiss,” is an uptempo hit about a struggling relationship. “There are probably a lot of people in this world that have been in this situation,” says Nick, who wrote the song with Dan Muckala and Jason Ingram. “Someone has fallen out of love with them and they want that one last try, even though they’ve messed up. The guy in the song is basically admitting his faults and asking for that one last chance.”
The album’s title track tells quite the opposite story. “The song is about a relationship and how this guy is having a realization about the person he’s with and so he wants to leave,” Nick explains.
While the album, his second as a solo artist after his enormous successes with Backstreet Boys, includes an impressive array of writers, it was important to Nick that he be part of the process. “I wanted to make sure my input was in there and that all of me was in those songs,” he says.
The album’s producers include some notable names that reinforce its diversity: Muckala (Backstreet Boys), Toby Gad (Beyonce), Brent Kutzle (One Republic), Noel Zancanella (Rashaan Ahmad), Carl Falk (Gavin DeGraw), Rami (Celine Dion), Matthew Gerrard (Jesse McCartney) and MIDI Mafia (50 Cent).
That the album includes such an impressive roster of producers is not by chance. “I’m very picky of who I work with,” says Nick. “I look at a producer as a coach. If they can’t pull the best out of you, then you might not go to that championship game.”
In November 2011, Nick released his official remix album, I’m Taking Off: Relaunched & Remixed. For the remix LP, Carter held an online contest with fans from around the globe giving participants a unique opportunity to make their way onto his official release. Fans and music lovers from all over submitted their remixes and only a handful were chosen for the final album.
The album is a labor of love. “Nothing great is ever easy,” Nick says. “You have to work for it.”
Having wrapped a massive world tour with the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block at the end of summer 2011, Nick then hit the road again in the fall of 2011 to fully concentrate on his follow-up solo project, I’m Taking Off. Kicking off the highly anticipated tour, Nick made his way to various Canadian cities before taking the tour to Japan. At the end of January 2012, Nick embarked on the US leg of his I’m Taking Off tour with stops in Chicago, Boston, New York, Las Vegas and more. After plugging away with long recording sessions in London for the long-awaited 2013 Backstreet Boys album, in August 2012 Carter directed his attention back towards his second album, where he went on to perform in Canada and Saudi Arabia.
An accomplished writer, producer and director, Nick created the short film The Pendant in 2010. He also directed the music video for “Just One Kiss” and co-directed on his latest video, “I’m Burning Up.”
Passionate about the health of the environment and the world’s oceans (as a water enthusiast who loves diving, waterskiing, boating and surfing), Nick continues to devote his time toward the cause. He has worked with UNEP (the United Nations Environmental Program) and the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN), and has even gone to Capitol Hill to lobby for environmental issues. In September 2011, Carter even held an online auction to help raise funds and awareness for the Global Green USA organization. After one week of online bidding, Nick’s used sneakers – which were autographed by Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block band members – sold for a whopping $16,100. Nick donated 100% of the proceeds to Global Green USA.
In December of 2011, Nick appeared on The Dr. Phil Show’s Second Changes special to talk about his own personal struggles with alcohol and weight, and how he managed to successfully transform his life for the better. ““It started to click…I was angry. I was so mad at myself. I said, ‘This is not me.’” He took action to modify his unhealthy lifestyle and has finally found true happiness within himself and in his life. The inspiring segment lead to a book deal with Nick and Dr. Phil. The book will be released in Spring 2013 and delves into Carter’s life changing moments. Carter aspires for his book to serve as an inspirational and valuable resource for people in similar positions.
With continued success, Carter rejoined the Backstreet Boy and New Kids on the Book for another world tour in April 2012. The bands traveled across the world performing in Germany, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia and others. Unfortunately, leisure travel was not on his schedule, as Carter quickly jet to London in July 2012 to begin recording the highly anticipated new Backstreet Boys album. The boys were all very excited to come together again after years of maturing to create a new and fresh, but still familiar sound. Finally, on August 31, 2012, the Backstreet Boys appeared onGood Morning America to officially announce their new album. In addition, the BSB also announced in October 2013 that they would be hosting yet another Backstreet Boys cruise, this time in celebration of their 20th anniversary as a group. Backstreet’s officially back with Carter still maintaining his strong work ethic and, of course, heartthrob status.