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Tell us about your first concert experience:
The first concert I really remember was going to the New Edition reunion tour with Johnny Gill. I was a huge fan of them as a little kid and would sing all their songs so it was so exciting to see them perform live.
If you couldn’t be a musician, what would you be doing instead?
I would still be trying to do the entertainment field somehow. This is a passion that I have had since I was a little kid and I trained in acting as well so I think I would definitely try to purse an acting career. If that didn’t work out I would pursue writing/producing or managing other artists, as this has become a new interest later on in my life.
If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
There are and were so many unbelievably talented people out there to work with that it’s hard to just pick one. I did have the pleasure to work with Jon Secada on my first solo cd and that was a dream come true, as I am a huge fan of his work.
If you became President, what is the first action you would take?
I would try to find a way to make all classes of our society comfortable with a tax and health plan that was fair to everyone. As well, it would be great try to try figure out a plan to take our country out of this economic debt we are in.
What social cause is closest to your heart
Growing up with a sibling with Lupus and diabetes, I would love to see everyone in the world be able to get health care no matter what your economic status is or if you have a pre-existing condition.
What does the right to vote mean to you?
It means that we have the freedom to make choices on how we want to see our government run.
What bands or artists did you listen to when you were in high school? And which bands or artists influenced your style the most?
While in Highschool I listened and looked up to Boys II Men. They are a true vocal harmony group and BSB used them as our model to base our sound after. I personally liked Bobby Brown as a solo artist and used a song of his and his dance choreograhpy to audition to become a Backstreet Boy.
What activity or group were you involved with in high school that might surprise people today?
I was a honor student and voted most talented in my Senior class. I really enjoyed performing in my drama and chorus classes. As well, I was in a program called FRIENDS, which would promote to youth that you could live life and be successful without the use of drugs and alcohol.
What's the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in high school?
The feeling of having to be “liked and excepted” by everyone was difficult. The fact that I wasn’t a jock, I always had a complex and never felt cool enough. The fact the my class voted me Most Talented really made me feel that people can except your strengths in different ways without having to be only involved in sports.
Do you do any volunteer or community work when you're not on tour?
I try to do as much charity work as possible for organizations that are close to my heart and as well, for organizations with great causes that need my support. As well I have my own family foundation called the Dorough Lupus Foundation in memory to my sister Caroline, whom I lost in 1998 to complications of the disease.
What change would you like to see in our society in the next year?
I would love to see our society out of this economic distress we are under and to see people living happily with jobs, homes and good health care.