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Chris Kirkpatrick

Singer, actor, and producer Chris Alan Kirkpatrick was the founder of the most successful pop groups of all time, 'N Sync.  The multi-million selling group had two number 1 albums, scored several hit singles and played sold out venues around the world.  The albums “*NSYNC” and “No Strings Attached” each sold over 10 million copies and earned RIAA Diamond Awards. In total ‘Nsync sold 56 million records.  After ‘N Sync disbanded, Chris turned to acting and producing.  Chris starred in the reality TV series “Mission: Man Band”, appeared on the CMT's series “Gone Country” and he played the character of Chip Skylark on several episodes of the Nickelodeon series “The Fairly OddParents”.  He has also produced several videos and commercials.  Chris formed the group Nigels11 that has performed live shows and released several songs on he internet.  His success in “NSync enabled Chris to establish the Chris Kirkpatrick Foundation to offer life changing health care, educational and developmental programs to underprivileged children.

Chris Alan Kirkpatrick was born October 17, 1971 in Clarion, Pennsylvania.  He was the oldest child in a family with four sisters. He was raised by his single mother Beverly. As his father left when Chris was only 6 months old, his family struggled financially. Chris worked part time jobs to help support his family.  He began performing at an early age.  In sixth grade Chris starred in a production of Oliver at Clarion High School.  His family moved to Dalton, Ohio when Chris was in 7th grade.  In high school Chris came to love music performing in the choir and in school musicals.  After graduating from Dallton High School, his father offered to help him pay for college.  He moved to Orlando Florida to live with his father and attend college.  He studied singing and dancing for three years at Rollins College (Mr. Rogers’ alma mater).  To earn money for school he sang with the Doo Wop group “The Hollywood Hi-Tones” at Universal Studios.  Lou Pearlman, manager of the Back Street Boys, heard Chris sing and recruited Chris to become the founding member of ‘NSYNC.  Chris left college to pursue his music career.

Lou Pearlman offered to finance Kirkpatrick in starting a group. Chris recruited Joey Fatone another performer from Universal Studio.  Then Chris, Fatone, and Pearlman reviewed audition tapes and found Justin Timberlake who had appeared on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club.  Timberlake joined and recommend another Mickey Mouse cast member JC Chasez.  Timberllake’s vocal coach recommended Lance Bass.  In 1995 the five singers moved into a house in Orlanda and rehearsed constantly.  Pearlman hired the Backstreet Boys manager Johnny Wright, to manage the group.  They recorded a demo tape and landed contract with BMG Ariola Munich. The group recorded its debut album in Sweden and the first single "I Want You Back” was released in Germany in 1996.  The single reached the top 10 in Germany and the group toured Europe.  Their album was release in May 1997, was number 1 in Germany after two weeks, and sold 820,000 units.  With their European success, RCA signed them to a U.S. deal in 1998.  The group released "I Want You Back" in the U.S in January 1998 and hit #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.  To promote their music they appeared in concert on the Disney Channel and tour with Janet Jackson.  They released their debut album ‘NSync in March1998 hitting number 2 on the Billboard top 100.  The album sold over 10 million records and was certified Diamond. 

But after their record success them members of *Nsynch did not receive the monies they were due.  *Nsync joined the Backstreet Boys, Aaron Cater and several acts in suing Lou Pearlman for misrepresentation, fraud, and cheating them out of royalties.  Lou also ripped off Pittsburghers Joey Granati, David Granati, Gary Carolla , and Jim Sparacin on royalties for the song “Tell Me How To Make You Smile” that they wrote for Aaron Cater’s million selling debut album. All of the groups won or settled out of court.  *Nsych settled out of court to free themselves from Lou Pearlman’s pilfering management.  It was discovered in 2006 that Pearlman had ran a Ponzi scheme with $300 million in debts.  After making a run for it, Pearlman was caught and convicted in 2008 for conspiracy, money laundering and making false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding and sentence to 25 years in prison.   

Freed from the Ponzi scheme swindler Lou Pearlman *Nysnc went on to greater success.  Their 2000 release “No Strings Attached” and their 2001 release “Celebrity” both were number 1 albums.  No Strings Attached sold one million copies during its first day of release and almost two and a half million copies sold by the end of the week.  Almost ten million copies were sold.  It was the fastest selling album of all time.  Three singles reached the top five "Bye Bye Bye", "It's Gonna Be Me,", and the ballad "This I Promise You."  The groups 76-date American tour that grossed over $75 million,  NSYNC’s 2001 release Celebrity was the second fastest-selling album of all time Its  first-week sales were almost two million.   The group did two more top grossing tours in 2001 and 2002.  Justin Timberlake went solo in 2002 and the band stopped recording and touring.

NSync's first single "I Want You Back"

Biography of Chris