In 1996, a boy band came into the scene with a big bang – ‘NSYNC. One member of this quintet was Lance Bass, the bass singer of the group. Joining ‘NSYNC changed the course of Lance’s life.
Their first album was released in 1998 and went diamond, selling over ten million copies. (James) Lance Bass and his fellow band members were thrust into the spotlight. These fabulous five heartthrobs immediately started on the television circuit, appearing on the 26th American Music Awards, ‘NSYNC in Concert and late night shows.
Lance Bass made a guest appearance on Sabrina the Teenage Witch television show in 1999. That was soon followed by an appearance in the TV series Clueless, ABC’s Millennium Special and Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade.
The March 2000 release of the third ‘NSYNC album kept the band’s momentum by selling more than 1 million copies sold the first day and 2.4 million within the first seven days. Lance was riding the wave of the band’s success but was also working on his own endevours, as were most of the other members. He started a film production company called Bacon and Eggs LLC and a music management company called Free Lance Entertainment.
Lance continued his television appearances by visiting Sesame Street, the Maury Povich Show and another ten shows with the music group. Even while he continued to make television appearances he was touring the country and world with ‘NSYNC, promoting their album No Strings Attached.
The year 2001 brought another album by ‘NSYNC, another tour and more television appearances. Larry King Live, The Simpsons, Zoolander, the Rosie O’Donnell Show and Mad TV each hosted Lance Bass in 2001. His music company, Free Lance Entertainment, closed it’s doors after releasing just one album by Meredith Edwards.
After four back-to-back albums, the band decided to take a break. This opened Lance’s calendar up to pursue other interests. He entered cosmonaut training in August 2002 in Russia. Though his sponsorship fell through and a space mission never came to be, Lance shared his training adventure with the world. He appeared on Pet Psychic with his pooch in 2002, Star Search, Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and three episodes of the Sharon Osbourne Show in 2003.
2004 found Bass doing the voice of Sephiroth for the video game Kingdom Hearts in addition to spots in children’s shows like Higglytown Heroes, Kim Possible and Robot Chicken.
In 2006, Lance Bass appeared on the series Gameshow Marathon, playing the Match Game and The Price is Right, among others. He will also appear on an episode of Inked. On the cover of the July 26, 2006 People Magazine Lance came out of the closet and announced he is gay. In an interview with People, he confessed to his relationship with Reichen Lehmkuhl, an actor, model and Amazing Race winner. This didn’t shock too many fans, especially those who have seen the photos of Reichen and Lance out on the town numerous times. Mr. Lehmkuhl is openly gay.
August 4, 2006
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