- Jordan Knight
Infobox musical artist
Name = Jordan Knight
Img_capt = Jordan Knight at the 1990 Grammys
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Jordan Nathaniel Marcel Knight
Born = birth date and age|1970|5|17
Origin = Worcester, MA
Dance-pop Adult Contemporary
Years_active = 1984-present
New Kids on the Block Deborah Gibson
URL = [http://www.jordanknight.com/ JordanKnight.com]
Spouse = Evelyn Melendez (2004-present) 2 children
Jordan Knight (born Jordan Nathaniel Marcel Knight,
May 17 1970, Worcester, Massachusetts) is an American singer-songwriterbest known as a singerin the boy band, New Kids on the Block(NKOTB), and actor which rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s. He is best known for his distinctive falsettostyle of singing, influenced by The Stylistics. After New Kids On The Block disbanded Jordan continued a solo career. He released 4 Top 40 singles, most famously for his hit song "Give It To You" in 1999 but since then he has failed to reach the Billboard Hot 100again, Jordan has also done two studio albums, one remix albumand 1 EP.
Jordan Knight was just shy of 14 in 1984 when he joined
New Kids On The Block. The band was assembled in Boston by producer Maurice Starr. His fellow members included his brother, Jonathan Knight, as well as Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlbergand Danny Wood. Over the next few years Knight began teaching himself keyboard instruments and writing songs. 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. [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005100/bio Jordan Knight - Biography ] ]
New Kids on the Block sold over 70 million albums worldwide, generated hundreds of million of dollars of concert revenues, and paved the way for later boy bands like
Backstreet Boysand *NSYNC. New Kids on the Blockdisbanded in 1994.
1999 Comeback/Solo Debut
Jordan Knight made a comeback in 1999 by releasing his first solo single "Give It To You". The single reached #10 on
Billboard Hot 100, it went Platinum selling over a million singles, and was nominated for the 1999 MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video, though he lost to Ricky Martin's Livin' La Vida Loca. The single also peaked at #35 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Playchart. The album "Jordan Knight" won an "Aspire Music Award" for "Best Male Album (Pop)". Jordan's self-titled debut album was then certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies in the US on July 7, 1999. The album peaked at #29 on The Billboard 200and #9 on the Top Internet Albumschart. In 1994 after the break up of NKOTB he hosted a talk show called "Talk with Jordan Knight", the show lasted half a season.
The Remix Album
Knight released a remix album "Jordan Knight Performs New Kids on the Block" in 2004.
Knight was a judge on the "
American Idol" spin-off, " American Juniors". He was a third season cast member on the VH1 reality televisionseries " The Surreal Life" with other D-listcelebrities in 2004. He later appeared in the 2007 spin-off "", but left during the filming of the premiere episode because of the death of his maternal grandmother.
In 2005, Knight appeared on the British show "
Hit Me Baby One More Time", where he performed "Give It To You", as well as a cover of " Let Me Love You" by Mario.
In September 2005, he also starred in a British documentary on five in the UK called "Trust Me - I’m A Holiday Rep". Six celebrities spent 10 days in the role of an Olympic Holidays holiday rep in
Ayia Napa, Cyprus. He initially lacked enthusiasm for the role, which he blamed to some extent on his shyness, but came to enjoy it. In his final debriefing he earned praise from the head reps, who said they would (hypothetically) offer him a job as a children's and transfer rep.
Jordan was also a celebrity appearing on Identity, hosted by
In 2005, Knight released a new EP entitled "
The Fix" with the lead single "Where is Your Heart Tonight" which reached its peak at #12 on the Billboard Adult ContemporaryChart. He continued to tour extensively in 2005-2006 promoting his EP " The Fix".
In September 2006, Knight's latest album "Love Songs" was released by
Transcontinental Records. The first single was "Say Goodbye", a duet with Deborah Gibson, that peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Trackschart.
New Kids On The Block Reunion
In 2008, New Kids On The Block officially reunited and recorded a new single "Summertime". On May 16 they performed live for the first time in 15 years on Today's Show where they announced a reunion tour and CD release. They preformed again on the Today Show on September 4th, 2008 to kick off their tour.
Jordan married longtime girlfriend Evelyn Melendez in 2004. The couple have two children together, Dante Jordan (b. 1999) and Eric Jacob (b. 2007).
New Kids on the Block Albums
*"New Kids on the Block" (1986) #25 US, #6 UK (Nov 1990)
Hangin' Tough" (1988) #1 US, #1 UK
Merry, Merry Christmas" (1989) #9 US, #13 UK
*"Step by Step" (1990) #1 US, #1 UK
*"" (1990) #10 US, #15 UK
*"Face the Music" (1994) #37 US, #36 UK
*"Greatest Hits" (1999)
*"The Block" (2008) #2 US
*"The Fix" (2005)
*"Give It To You" (1999) #10 US
Billboard Hot 100(Platinum), #11 Canadian Singles Chart, "Give It To You" (October 1999) #5 (UK Top 40)
*"I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man" (1999) #37 US Top 40 Mainstream
*"Where Is Your Heart Tonight" (2005) #12 US
*"Say Goodbye" (Duet with
Deborah Gibson) (2006) #24 US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
*"Prom Night II" (2009)
*"The Great Escape" (2010)
* [http://www.jordanknight.com/ Official US website]
* [http://www.jordanknight-uk.com/ Official UK website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/jordan_knight Official MySpace page]
* [http://www.t-con.com/ Trans Continental Records]
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