Nicholas Scott "Nick" Lachey is an American singer, songwriter, actor, producer, and television personality best known as the lead singer of the boy band 98 Degrees.
Lachey was born in Harlan, Kentucky to Cathalyn née Fopma and John Lachey. He is the brother of singer and actor Drew Lachey, alongside whom he has worked closely. He attended grade school at Clovernook Elementary School in North College Hill, Ohio, then went to the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon. In the fall of 1992, he enrolled at the University of Southern California.
Lachey started his professional singing career at Kings Island with friend Justin Jeffre in the mid-1990s singing in a group quartet. Lachey was a member of the boy band 98 Degrees alongside his brother Drew, Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons. Their debut album was the self-titled 98 Degrees, but the band's first real success came with their follow up album 98 Degrees and Rising. 98 Degrees has sold over 10 million records.
During the summer of 2003, the reality show Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica premiered in MTV, starring Lachey and then-wife Jessica Simpson. The couple also starred in the television special The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour in 2004. On November 11, 2003, Lachey's solo debut album, SoulO, was released but was a commercial failure. Lachey took a recurring role as Leslie St. Claire on the television series Charmed between 2004 and 2005.
Lachey also starred in One Tree Hill as a singer at Red Bedroom Productions. In December 2009, he hosted The Sing-Off, a four-part American singing competition featuring a cappella groups. Lachey was a contestant in the NBC celebrity reality competition series Stars Earn Stripes.
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