About Joey McIntyre
Joseph Mulrey McIntyre is an American singer-songwriter and actor. He is best known as the youngest member of the late '80s pop group, New Kids on the Block. He has sold over one million records worldwide as a solo artist. He has worked in film, TV and theatre, including performing on Broadway.
McIntyre was born in Needham, Massachusetts and raised in Jamaica Plain, United States. His parents were Thomas McIntyre, a union official, and his wife Katherine a community theater actress. His mother died on November 30, 2014, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. His father died on November 12, 2018. He is the youngest of nine children with older siblings, Judy, Alice, Susan, Tricia, Carol, Jean, Kate, and Tommy. He was raised in an Irish-American Catholic family. McIntyre graduated from Catholic Memorial School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, an all-male Catholic private school. He shares the same birth date as his sister, Carol. Another one of his sisters, Judy, is an actress.
In 1985, just before his 13th birthday, he joined New Kids on the Block, replacing . Since the other four members of the band were already long-time school friends, he initially found it difficult to mesh with them. They eventually became one of the most successful boy bands of the late 20th century, producing two number one albums on the US Billboard charts. In 1991, Forbes listed the band as the highest-earning entertainers, beating Madonna and Michael Jackson. They split in 1994, but they reunited in 2008 and have remained active since.
Following their split, McIntyre busied himself with songwriting and sought a solo recording contract. He made his acting debut in the film The Fantasticks, which was based on the long-running off-Broadway musical. This 1995 film, starring Joel Grey and Jean Louisa Kelly, was released in theatres five years later.
Disenchanted by his inability to find a recording contract, McIntyre used his own money to record his first solo album Stay the Same and sold it on his website. He then chose the album's title track as a single and took it to local Boston DJs, which eventually garnered the song national airplay. The combination of airplay and website sales for the single led to him signing a recording contract in 1999 with Sony Music USA, under the C2 label, a subsidiary of Columbia Records, which had previously been home to New Kids on the Block. The album was re-released on Sony's Work Records and sold more than a million copies around the world and the single "Stay The Same" peaked at No. 10 in the Billboard Hot 100. The second single from the album was "I Love You Came Too Late".
Also in 1999, McIntyre recorded the song "Remember Me" for the film Southie, which starred former bandmate Donnie Wahlberg. In 2001, McIntyre released his second solo album, Meet Joe Mac, but it did not chart. "Rain" was the only single released from this album.
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