Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - "Stay Humble, Work Hard" Manny Mijares with Jeff Timmons (of 98 degrees)

Nick Lachey sings Oscar-winning song ‘Falling Slowly’

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Nick Lachey on His New Album & Favorite 98 Degrees Song


Former 98 Degrees frontman Nick Lachey is back with a solo album covering his favorite movie songs. 
Nick Lachey Soundtrack of My Life album.
Nick Lachey's new album, "Soundtrack of My Life."
His heyday with the iconic late ‘90s and early ‘00s boy band 98 Degrees may be over, but Nick Lachey’s star continues to rise. The VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live host has a lot to celebrate right now—his fourth solo album “Soundtrack of My Life,” a compilation of his favorite songs from movies, debuts today, he’s expecting child number two with his wife, Vanessa Minnillo Lachey, and he and his brother Drew are realizing their longtime dream of opening up a sports bar in their hometown of Cincinnati.
We caught up with Lachey to find out how he selected the tracks for “Soundtrack of My Life,” what his favorite 98 Degrees song really is, and why he's “excited and intimidated all at the same time” to have a baby girl.
Why was it the right time in your life to make an album called Soundtrack of My Life?
NICK LACHEY: This is actually a project that started many, many years ago and I started recording it quite a while ago. I always knew I wanted to do a cover album, but I wasn’t quite sure what angle I wanted to take with it. And as I began thinking about it, I couldn’t think of anyone who had done a project based around movie soundtracks. I’ve always been such a fan of the marriage between film and movies and how one complements the other, and I thought, what a great way to pay tribute to some of those special moments and do some songs that were meaningful to me.
How did you go about choosing the songs?
NL: Some are songs that I remember specifically the moment when I first heard them in the movie and how meaningful they were, how touching they were. “Falling Slowly” was one, from the movie Once. That was one that Vanessa and I—it kind of became our song and we had it performed at our [joint] wedding shower so I definitely knew I had to put that one on there. And other ones, like [Armageddon’s] “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith—just such a huge, monster song and I’m a huge fan of Bruce Willis so I’m like wow, I should definitely do that one. “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen is from another very, very poignant movie, Philadelphia. I’m one of these sappy guys that actually enjoys crying in movies. I like to be moved, I like to be emotionally touched by what I’m seeing and music is such a big part of that, so I tried to find songs that definitely touched that nerve.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
NL: Well on one end of the spectrum it’s Die Hard. Not too many very good soundtrack songs are from Die Hard. But on the other end of the spectrum, Love Actually is my favorite movie of all time aside from Die Hard. [There are] so many good stories within that movie and we make a point to watch it every Christmas season. We actually did two different songs from that movie on the soundtrack.
Taking it back a little bit to the 98 Degrees days—you did a reunion tour with Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block recently. Would you do another tour with 98 Degrees again?
NL: We had a great time doing that whole project, getting back together. I would never close the door on doing something again with those guys. It was a blast.
What is your favorite 98 Degrees song?
NL: If I had to pick one it would probably be “I Do,” just because it’s been a part of so many peoples’ wedding days. It’s kind of the ultimate honor, the ultimate tribute, for someone to pick your song to be a part of the most special day of their lives.
Vanessa and Nick Lachey.
Vanessa Minnillo Lachey and Nick Lachey are expecting a baby girl. 
You and your wife are expecting a baby girl. Congratulations! Are you excited to have a girl now that you have a son?
NL: I am excited and intimidated all at the same time. I love the heck out of my son, I can’t imagine loving any child more, but I also think that it’s just going to be a completely different experience with a girl. That relationship that everyone talks about between a father and a daughter, is one that I’m excited to experience first-hand.
You’re hosting Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1 these days. What’s it like to take your experience as a pop culture icon and interview people who are also pop culture icons?
NL: It’s fun. For instance, I had Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child on and I’ve known Michelle and toured with Michelle before she was even in Destiny’s Child. So it was great to see her. And we had O-Town who I toured with as well back in the 2000s [on the show]. So sometimes it’s a little bit of a walk down memory lane and great to reconnect with people you do know, and other times you get a chance to meet someone that you’ve never met before and sit down and get to know them. Having been on the other side of an interview for most of my career, I try to bring that consciousness to it. I know what interviews have felt good to me and I try to bring that sensibility to my interviews. My goal is for everyone to walk out of our studio and say, hey that was a blast, I definitely want to come back and do that again.
Who do you think is the coolest person you’ve met on the show?
NL: I interviewed Conan last season, he’s a trip. For me, as someone who grew up on his movies, having Spike Lee on the show was awesome. And Regis, the icon of our industry and someone I look up to.
You and your brother Drew are also opening up a bar in Cincinnati and you have an upcoming A&E series, Lachey's Bar, about it. How did the idea for a bar come about and what kind of bar will it be?
NL: It’ll be a sports bar and restaurant. It’s more like a sports lounge, actually. I’m a huge sports fan, specifically of Cincinnati teams, my hometown. So, opening a place like this is something I’ve thought about and wanted to do for a long, long time. It’s looking like mid-December we’re going to have our grand opening and it’ll all be documented on A&E. 

Nick Lachey Reveals Nostalgic Stories Behind 'Soundtrack of My Life'


There’s nothing more exciting to a ’90s girl than boy band news, and Nov. 11 marks a new era for 98 Degrees’ Nick Lachey with the release of Soundtrack of My LifeAlthough this isn’t his first solo record, it’s a fun new concept that doubles up on the nostalgia as he covers iconic tracks from some of his favorite films. To celebrate the next big step in Lachey’s career, I talked to him about the process of narrowing down the 10 tracks on the album — which surprisingly only had one painful cut — and how he put a new spin on each and every one. 
During the selection process, it was all about finding songs that spoke to him. ”I think every song means something to me on a personal level. Either a moment in a film that really grabbed me or a memory,” Lachey shares. “For instance, ‘What a Wonderful World’ has been done in a lot of films, frankly, but I remember it from Good Morning Vietnam. I remember watching it with my dad for a first time as a kid and him having to explain to me what the Vietnam conflict was about. And it became all the more poignant with the unfortunate passing of Robin Williams, because he was just brilliant in that film.”
When it comes to making these covers his own, Lachey knows he can’t compete against the likes of Steven Tyler or Peter Gabriel. Instead, he chooses to put his own spin on it instead of transforming it into an unrecognizable new song. “It’s a tough line to walk when you’re covering well-known hit songs like these. They’re so iconic when they’re done the first time,” he says. “I can’t look at it as a competition of which one was better. You have to make it your own. But at the same time, you want to kind of pay homage to it and make sure you’re doing the same song.”
Soundtrack of My Life is filled with an eclectic mix of music, ranging from classics like Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” to more modern hits like Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris,” but there was one lesser-known song that didn’t quite make the cut. As Lachey explains, it’s just because “not that many people know” his favorite song — though you may recognize it if you like J Lo. “It’s by a singer named Glenn Lewis and it was from a film called Maid in Manhattan, the Jennifer Lopez movie. It’s a great song written by Robin Thicke called ‘Fall Again’ and it’s always been one of my favorite songs,” he reveals. Lachey wanted to make sure that people can really recognize the tracks he chose for Soundtrack of My Life, but he hinted that if Volume 2 of his covers album happens, maybe it will be on there.
Moving forward, he’s going to try to strike a balance between covers and original music, which he says is difficult to do. Lachey’s last traditional solo album was 2006’s What’s Left of Me, and he went on to release a selection of lullabies — aptly titled A Father’s Lullaby — in 2013. With those behind him, he’s ready to just focus on “singing great songs,” no matter who writes them. He is ready to pen his own material, though, hinting that the next album you we see from him will “probably be another original album.” Could there be more up Lachey’s sleeve than he’s hinting at? Over almost two decades in the spotlight, he has worn many hats, ranging from musician to reality star to host, but there is one thing he doesn’t plan on pursuing anytime soon: acting.
“I think there’s a reason you haven’t seen me do a lot of acting, because I’m not a very good actor,” he admits with a laugh. “I’ve done a handful of stuff and it’s always been fun … but opportunities have taken me in other directions and hosting is something I really enjoy and am having fun doing right now. But you know, never say never — you never know what the future holds in that regard. But as of now, it’s not anything that I’m pursuing actively.”

Nick Lachey Calls Pregnant Wife Vanessa "a Trouper," But Is Son Camden Ready for a Baby Sister


Vanessa Lachey, Nick Lachey, Instagram

Nick Lachey turned 41 and Vanessa Lachey turned 34 Sunday, but mom and dad's joint birthday at Disneyland was all about the couple's 2-year-old son Camden!
"We kind of wanted to do something special like that for him before his little sister arrives on the scene and steals his thunder," Nick told E! News Tuesday while promoting his fourth album, Soundtrack of my Life.
So is Camden excited about having a baby sister? "I think so," said Nick. "We've definitely gone over the fact that, 'Hey, baby sister is in mommy's belly,' and he'll kiss the belly, so I think he understands what baby sister means and that that's happening, but I think the truth test is when she arrives and all the attention's not just on him! We'll see how he reacts at that point!"
The former 98 Degrees boy-bander said "it's anybody's guess" when the littlest Lachey will arrive. "We're probably looking at the end of the year, beginning of next year—somewhere in that time frame."
And while Nick and Vanessa's daughter could "possibly" be here by Christmas, he joked that "from a selfish standpoint," he'd "love to see it not happen in the holidays, but some things are out of our control!"
"We've decided on a name," said Nick, but he's not spilling the beans on that one just yet!
Vanessa and Nick are both "excited about having a little girl," said dad, who noted with this pregnancy there's been "a lot more clothes shopping happening than we ever did for Camden!"
Fortunately, Vanessa has "knock on wood, had a great pregnancy," said Nick. "She's been a trouper."
The Lacheys are going to have their hands full with two kids under 2 (!), but their longtime love for one another is stronger than ever. On his new album, Nick included a track that's "became a theme song of sorts for Vanessa and I" through the years—"Falling Slowly" from the movie Once. The lovebirds "actually had it performed at our wedding shower" back in 2011, said Nick, noting that even today, it's probably the song "that has the most personal meaning" to the music industry vet.

Monday, November 10, 2014

98 Degrees Wishes Nick a Very Happy Birthday!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Nick on Huff Post Live (VIDEO)