Joshua Scott “JC” Chasez is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and occasional actor. He started out his career as a cast member on The Mickey Mouse Club before rising to stardom with NSYNC, and by writing and producing for music acts such as Girls Aloud, Basement Jaxx, David Archuleta and Matthew Morrison. He also served as a judge for America’s Best Dance Crew. Take a look below for 24 more awesome and interesting facts about JC Chasez.
1. Chasez was born on August 8, 1976, in Bowie, Maryland.
2. When he was five years old, his biological mother entrusted guardianship of her son to her own former foster parents Roy and Karen Chasez, who legally adopted him and whose surname he thus took.
3. He was raised as a Mennonite.
4. He has a younger brother, Tyler, and a younger sister, Heather.
5. Chasez attended the former Robert Goddard Middle School and then Bowie High School.
6. As a child, Chasez was extremely shy, but when a friend bet him $20 to enter a talent show, he won the contest and soon realized he had a knack for performing and that he really enjoyed singing.
7. In 1989, his mother Karen Chasez noticed a small ad in the Washington Post announcing auditions for Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club and encouraged Chasez to try out.
8. He chose to audition, selecting the song “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx.
9. Chasez was soon cast as a performer in the fourth season and stayed until the show’s cancellation in 1996.
10. Since there was another Mouseketeer named Josh, Chasez went by his first and last initials, “JC”, to avoid confusion.
11. It was during his time as a Mouseketeer that Chasez befriended future bandmate Justin Timberlake, along with other future entertainers including Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Tony Lucca, Keri Russell, and Ryan Gosling.
12. He wrote the song “Give in to Me” (a.k.a. “Give Me The Love I Need”) when he was 18 in 1994 and he sings the lead on it on Euge Groove’s debut CD.
13. JC Chasez and Justin Timberlake were the two lead singers of what would become the popular boy band NSYNC.
14. While still a member of NSYNC, Chasez appeared on the remix and album versions of the 1999 single “Bring It All to Me” by the girl group Blaque, though his vocals were credited to ‘NSYNC as a whole.
15. During NSYNC’s scheduled hiatus, Chasez pursued work as a songwriter and producer.
16. His first solo single, “Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)”, co-produced by Dallas Austin, was released on the 2002 Drumline soundtrack.
17. In 2004, Chasez’s debut album Schizophrenic was released on Jive Records.
18. Aside from Chasez, the album was produced by Dallas Austin, Basement Jaxx, Robb Boldt and Riprock ‘n’ Alex G.
19. Promotion for the album was affected by former bandmate Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy, after which Chasez was unceremoniously dropped from his halftime show performance at the 2004 Pro Bowl.
20. In 2007, Chasez parted ways with Jive Records, indefinitely stalling the release of his second album, The Story of Kate.
21. Chasez continues to work as a songwriter and producer, with songs written for David Archuleta and Backstreet Boys.
22. Chasez was a judge on Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV.
23. He stayed on the panel for all seven seasons from 2008 to 2012, until its cancellation.
24. In November 2010, the song “If U C Kate” written by Dallas Austin, Taio Cruz, Alan Nglish, and Chasez was featured on the British band McFly’s album, Above the Noise.