BY SHANNAH HENDERSON
Multi-platinum recording artist and TV personality Nick Lachey is gearing up for the fourth season of NBC's "The Sing-Off," which premieres at 9 p.m. ET on Dec. 9. The crooner and father-of-one, to son Camden, 1, also is currently enjoying a "great response" to his latest album, "A Father's Lullaby."
Nick opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about what it is like to host "The Sing-Off," why "A Father's Lullaby" "was a really appropriate project" for his fan-base, and how it is a "very sweet, tender and personal moment" when he puts Camden down to sleep. He also reveals that he is working on another album.
Q: Are you excited about the new season of The Sing-Off? How has the show changed or evolved in your opinion?
A: "I am very excited about it! I am ecstatic that it's coming back. We've already taped all of the episodes, so I can say 100 percent honestly that it is a great season with a great line-up and fantastic groups. It's such a fun show, especially around the holidays. It is an awesome show to be a part of, because I am such big fan of a cappella music myself and I know there are so many others out there who love a cappella music. It's a really energizing show. It's a great atmosphere, as you're around so many people who love what they do and love singing.
"In regard to how the show has evolved, I think the talent of the groups has gotten better each and every season. I think that it is, in part, attributed to the success of the show; other a cappella groups out there are seeing the show and the success of groups like Pentatonix, who are touring Europe right now and have gone on to do big things. When the show is done well, I think it becomes easier for producers to find great talent out there. I think the evolution of the talent is the biggest thing. Also, we have our first-ever country group in the show this next season, so I think the style of a cappella has evolved a little as well, which is exciting. It's gotten bigger and better every season, and season four is no exception."
Q: Are you good at predicting who will be successful and who will not? What are some of the indicators?
A: "I am pretty hit or miss. (laughs) In the second season, I picked a group that was eliminated in the first episode. I was not good in that season, but I did pick Pentatonix in season three and I also successfully picked the season four winners as well. I can't say who they are right now, but I guess I am two for three. (laughs)
"The indicators are groups that have a great sound and chemistry right out of the gate. Really, the point of the show is to help these groups evolve. It is hard to tell sometimes, because a group that you think doesn't have great chemistry could really discover that chemistry as they go through the process of the show. It's kind of tough to tell, but you can get a feel of the groups that have an unmistakable chemistry and blend. When you find that and hone into it, it's tough to beat. I always look to the groups who seem like they have multiple voices singing as one voice. If you can hear that and find that, then that is really what a cappella is all about."
Q: How has your lullaby album, A Father's Lullaby, been received? What has the feedback been?
A: "'A Father's Lullaby' has been really well received, most importantly by Camden himself. I made the CD as a tribute to him and it's been a special project that him and I share together. He liked it, which is the most important thing. It's also been really well received by my fans who grew up with me and are now at the age where they're starting to have families of their own. It seemed like a really appropriate project for my fan base and I've gotten great feedback. For example, people are tweeting pictures of their babies sleeping to the album, which is always fun to see. There has been a great response from the fans."
Q: It's a great holiday gift for new dads! Please share with all the dads (and moms shopping for dad) out there how this will help them bond with their little bundle of joy.
NL: "I found out last year that for any new parent, one of the most important parts of the day is when your baby is sleeping. (laughs) Aside from being able to get stuff done and get some peace of mind, sleep is such an important part of the baby's development early on. So the album is my contribution to helping babies fall asleep. Lullabies have been around for forever and have always been a special part of bonding with your baby as they fall asleep. On my album, there are classic lullabies that people will recognize, which have been sung for generations and generations. There are also new, original lullabies that I wrote for Camden. The CD features a mixture of both, but all in the lullaby-arena. The songs are designed to help babies go to sleep, so that parents can have a little break."
Q: When we last spoke, you mentioned that you sing to Camden. Do you still sing to him? Does he sing with you now?
A: "Every day! I literally just put him down for a nap about an hour ago. I sing 'Sleepy Eyes' to him every day before he naps and before he sleeps at night. That is one of the songs I wrote for him on the album, and it has become our 'go-to-bed' song. When he hears me start singing that one, he knows it's time to shut it down. That is our special little moment together.
"In regard to how he responds to my singing, he likes to kiss me in the middle of it. It is as sweet as can be, but I can't help but to laugh. (laughs) He will reach out and give me a kiss. He used to just grab my face when I'd sing to him. He doesn't sing with me yet, but one day we will do a little duet. It's a very sweet, tender, and personal moment when you're with your baby and putting him down. I get a kick out of it every time, and it is a very special moment that I look forward to for sure."
Q: Has fatherhood changed you? Have you learned anything about yourself?
A: "Fatherhood has changed me in every way; for every decision and situation I encounter in my life, I now have to consider and I want to consider my child. Your child really becomes the most important thing in your world and in your life. Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way. Every time I am away I am dying to get home. It's the one thing that motivates and drives everything else in your life. It's amazing to watch your child learn, as something new happens every day and your child evolves and changes. It's hard to put into words how much fatherhood really affects everything.
"I've learned a great amount of patience. I think you do have a lot of patience. For example, my kid can be trying something and he has his own process. As adults, we sometimes expect our children to go with our flow, but it doesn't always work that way. You have to have patience with everything. You also find yourself having a lot of fun doing stuff that would normally drive you nuts. When it's your child, you have fun with it and it's an experience. You cherish every second of it. Camden has given me great perspective and patience, and he certainly taught me another dimension of love that I've never experienced before. I've learned quite a bit."
Q: Any plans for baby number 2?
A: "We definitely want another baby, at least one more child. There is no immediate plan for it, as it's kind of one of those things that can pop up at any time. All I can say is that we definitely do want more kids. We love being parents and want a family of more than one child. We will see where that goes, but right now we are just enjoying Camden and everything that comes along with him. I don't want to rob him of any of our attention by bringing another one in too quick."
Q: How do you and Vanessa find time for each other amongst busy careers and diaper changes?
A: "I think you just have to plan it. It's one of those things where if you are not careful, your whole life can be consumed by having a child. There is something important about remembering what got you there, remembering your relationship and focusing on it. We make it a point to have at least one night a week to go out to dinner, to a movie, or to a concert to bring it back to our relationship. It's important to have good babysitters around who can help relieve you when you need a little break."
Q: What's up next for you?
A: "Right now, I am just getting ready for 'The Sing-Off' and the lullaby album. I am also working on another album called 'The Soundtrack To My Life,' which is comprised of songs that are based on movies that I grew up with. They are soundtrack songs that were benchmarks in my life. I am in the middle of finishing that up. Next year, who knows? I am not sure if 98 Degrees will do another run next summer, and maybe I will do solo music or host a TV show. One of the great things about my career is that it evolves and there are a lot of different aspects to it. I am not really sure where the journey is going to take me."