'90s Boy Bands: Meet the Members Now
The 1990s became the battleground of the boybands, who brought out everything from lovesongs to dance numbers still popular today. In celebration of the era and the contribution boybands made to it, we looked at what they have been up to since then.
Bands like Hanson, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys, 'NSync, and New Kids on the Block, to name but a few, produced songs that garnered screaming fans, countless repeats on the radio, and their own place in the 1990s. Let's see where they find themselves now.
BOYZ II MEN
Boyz II Men made a name for themselves early in the 1990s with songs like "End of the Road," "I'll Make Love to You," and "On Bended Knee."
The band kept going even after Michael McCary left the band in 2003 due to his scoliosis battle. Michael briefly appeared with the trio in 2012 when the group received their Hollywood star, but mainly acted since and appeared on the television show, "Jury Duty" as a celebrity juror.
In 2013, the band did a joint tour with 98 Degrees and New Kids on the Block and released an album titled "Collide" the following year.
In the meantime, Shawn Stockman started his own record label, Soul chemistry Projects, in addition to performing with the band. He also judged four seasons of "The Sing-Off" on NBC.
Brothers Zac, Isaac, and Taylor Hanson came together and formed Hanson, who came onto the scene in 1997 with the hit single "MMMBop" from their debut album, Middle of Nowhere.
However, the brothers also branched out into brewing and launched their own beer called Mmmhops in 2013.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
NKOTB came onto the music scene in the late 1980s and had big hits with songs like "Step by Step," "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," and "Be my Girl."
The band broke up but reunited in 2008 and started touring again in 2011. Since then, the members keep themselves busy with a variety of things in addition to their performances as a band.
Jordan Knight released three solo albums, including the 2011 one called Unfinished, while Joey McIntyre stepped into acting. He starred in television shows including "Boston Public" and "The McCarthys," and also appeared in the 2013 movie, "The Heat."
Donnie Wahlberg also made a successful transition into acting with roles in blockbuster films such as four of the "Saw" movies, "The Sixth Sense," and the television crime drama "Blue Bloods."
From the mid-1990s and into the 2000s, 'NSync brought out massive hits including "Bye Bye Bye," "I Want You Back," and "This I Promise You."
After Joey Fatone left the band, he became a familiar face on television as the announcer for "Family Feud" since 2010, and hosts "Rewrapped" on the Food Network. In between, Joey makes time for music and featured in musical productions of "Rock of Ages," "42nd Street," "The Producers," to name a few.
JC Chasez debuted with a solo album called Schizophrenic in 2004, which climbed into the Billboard Top 20 with help from the hit song, "Blowin' Me Up (With Her Love)" from the album. While JC continues releasing new music, he also branched into producing and acting.
In 2014, JC landed the role of Pontius Pilate in "Jesus Christ Superstar," Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera. However, shortly before the tour started, it suffered an abrupt cancelation.
Lance Bass didn't get to go into space like he wanted to in 2002, but he did become part of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society. While Lance hosts for the Sirius XM radio station OutQ, he also executive produced the documentary, "Kidnapped for Christ."
It's "The Hardest Thing" to choose just a few hits by this R&B pop group. Songs like "I Do (Cherish You)," "Invisible ManInvisible Man," and "Thank God I Found You," became massive hits at the turn of the decade.
The band broke up in 2002 and reunited in 2013 to tour and bring out a new album. Jeff Timons last popped up in the 2016 film "Dead 7," a film featuring fellow boyband members for the ultimate boyband western with a touch of zombie.
Justin Jeffre put his political aspirations on hold and joined the band when they toured with Boyz II Men and NKOTB.
Nick Lachey went into television hosting while not performing with the band and hosted VH1's show "Big Morning Buzz Live" and NBC's singing contest "The Sing-Off."
O-Town came together in 2000 as the result of the first season of MTV's "Making the Band," and split up in 2003 after releasing hits like "All or Nothing," "Liquid Dreams," and "We Fit Together."
The band reunited with most of its members in 2013, all the while Erik-Michael Estrada ventured on a solo career and often collaborated with other artists.
The band came together in 1993, but they only released hits like "Everybody," "As Long As You Love Me," and "I Want It That Way" a few years later.
Kevin Richardson left the band in 2006 and officially re-joined them six years later. Like so many other boy band members, Kevin continued making music but found his way into acting as well.
His performance in the 2011 indie drama, "The Casserole Club" earned Kevin an Independent Vision Award for Best Actor, and he also starred in the musical "The Bloody Indulgent," and the drama "Love Takes Wing."
As a born-again Christian, Brian Littrell started recording Christian music while not performing with the band, and inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame along with Kevin in 2015.
Relatedly, a Colorado mother showed just how the boy bands' music stuck around over the decades. Early in 2019, CBS Denver shared a video taken of Wendy Chupp Gossett as she got her groove on.
After being stuck in a traffic jam for over five hours, Wendy decided to get the limbs moving and started dancing to the beat of the Backstreet Boys.