As frequent lead vocalist for New Kids On The Block, Jordan Knight toured the world's stages, belting out a pop-R&B rap hybrid that climbed to the Top 20 ten times in half as many years, sparked a revolution in merchandising, and endeared five young men to millions of crazed fans. His fame endures as evidenced by the tens of thousands of fans that visit his web page every week.
Knight was just shy of 15 when he joined what would become New Kids On The Block. At 16, he began teaching himself keyboards. By 17, Knight had begun writing songs. But Maurice Starr, the New Kids' producer, who also wrote much of the New Kids material, was reluctant to add the teenager's work to the band's repertoire. Knight offered his composition "I'll Be Your Everything" to a young singer named Tommy Page. Page's version of the track, which Knight produced, went all the way to #1 and spent 13 weeks on the Billboard charts.
The New Kids On The Block's fourth album, Step by Step, hit #1 in the U.S. and the U.K. The New Kids also had merchandise, record selling dolls, the debut of New Kids cartoon series and milestones on top of bestselling books, video collections and comic strips. Five of their albums were charting simultaneously on the Billboard 200. At the peak of the band's popularity, their recorded telephone message line received 100,000 calls a week. Conservative estimates of the New Kids' 1990 income topped $850 million.
As a solo artist, Knight enlisted the help of veteran producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. As it turns out, Jam and Lewis were intrigued by Knight's concepts for his first solo album and quickly took the gig. The album turned out to be a success. In 1999/2000, Knight enjoyed Top 10 status in Asia, England and Germany as well as the rest of Europe with his debut single "Give It To You." In America, the single went platinum and the album went gold.
With his first solo album under his belt, Knight has been in the studio non stop continually expanding his repertoire and is currently preparing the next solo project with a scheduled release in 2005. Knight feels that this project, judging from the countless letters from fans that subscribe to his website, is being eagerly awaited. As seen on VH-1's "The Surreal Life," Knight is ready to embark upon the new phase of his already impressive recording career.
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He is the youngest son of Allan Knight and Marlene Putnam. Brother of Jonathan Knight. Other siblings: David, Sharon, Allison, and Chris.
Son, Dante Jordan was born on August 25, 1999.
In 1990, he was chosen by People Magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World".
Was a member of "New Kids On The Block" from 1984-1994.
Wore clear braces on his teeth for two years while in New Kids on the Block.
Wore a black rubber bracelet for good luck since he was a teenager and still wore it when New Kids on the Block disappeared between 1992-1993. It was not known when the bracelet was removed or whether it broke or he got tired of it. The rubber ring was originally used inside toilets and later on in the 1980s they became fashion for boys and girls.
Has occasional issues with panic attacks just like his brother Jonathan, which they had inherited from their father, Allan. They both appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2001 to talk about it.
Appeared on the British show 'Trust Me - I'm A Holiday Rep' where he had to train and work as a holiday rep in Ayia Napa.
While touring the world with New Kids on the Block, he collected hotel room keys as mementos.
His father, Allan, is an Episcopal priest.
Second son, Eric Jacob Knight, was born on February 21, 2007, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces.
During the taping of The Sureal Life: Fame Game (2006) he learned that his grandmother had passed away and as a result he had to take himself out of Fame Game.
"Don't let all the screaming girls make you believe you're God...don't let all the jealous guys and terrible articles that people write about make you feel you're nothing...know who you are inside basically". - his advice to today's boy bands.
He released his first solo album last year (self titled) and is currently working on his second album. He also had a song on the "Snow Day" soundtrack (My Heart is Saying Now) and recorded a song with Mya (Under the Spanish Skies)
(March 2004) He will be releasing an album called 'Jordan Knight performs the New Kids on the Block' on the 30th March 2004 on the Empire Music Werks label.
(August 2004) 1st single "Try" from his 2nd solo album will be released to radio on 7th September 2004. Album will be released shortly after.
(August 2004) New tour kicks off 21st September 2004 in San Francisco, California.
(April 2005) Heading to London, England at the end of the month to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe and also appear on ITV1's 'Hit Me Baby One More Time'.
(June 2005) Filming 'Trust Me - I'm A Holiday Rep' in Ayia Napa, Greece.
(October 2005) New EP "The Fix" released on the Madacy label. 11th October 2005. New single from the EP is "Where Is Your Heart Tonight", now playing on AC radio throughout the USA.
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