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Nick Carter is taking off, both literally and figuratively, with his appropriately titled new album I’m Taking Off.
The album’s title is representative of Nick’s philosophy. “I felt like this was my moment. I’m rising to the occasion and taking off,” he says with conviction.
The album, according to Nick, who co-wrote every song on the record, is diverse. “It has songs about love, happiness, the sad parts of love—it’s got some dance tracks on it. You can play it for your loved one or you can play it in the club.”
The first single, “Just One Kiss,” is an uptempo hit about a struggling relationship. “There are probably a lot of people in this world that have had this situation,” says Nick, who wrote the song with Dan Muckala and Jason Ingram. “Someone has fallen out of love with them and they want that one last try, even though they’ve messed up. The guy in the song is basically admitting his faults and asking for that one last chance.”
The album’s title track tells quite the opposite story. “The song is about a relationship and how this guy is having a realization about the person he’s with and so he wants to leave,” Nick explains.
While the album includes an impressive array of writers, it was important to Nick that he be part of the process. “I wanted to make sure my input was in there and that all of me was in those songs,” he says.
The album’s producers include some notable names that reinforce its diversity: Muckala (Backstreet Boys), Toby Gad (Beyonce), Brent Kutzle (OneRepublic), Noel Zancanella (Rashaan Ahmad), Carl Falk (Gavin DeGraw), Rami (Celine Dion), Matthew Gerrard (Jesse McCartney) and MIDI Mafia (50 Cent).
That the album—his second as a solo artist after his enormous successes with Backstreet Boys—includes such an impressive roster of producers is not by chance. “I’m very picky of who I work with,” says Nick. “I look at a producer as a coach. If they can’t pull the best out of you, then you might not go to that championship game.”
The album is a labor of love. “Nothing great is ever easy,” Nick says. “You have to work for it.”
An accomplished writer, producer and director, Nick created the short film The Pendant in 2010. He also directed the music video for “Just One Kiss.”
Passionate about the health of the environment and the world’s oceans (as a water enthusiast who loves diving, waterskiing, boating and surfing), Nick continues to devote his time and celebrity toward the cause. He has worked with UNEP (the United Nations Environmental Program) and the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN), and has even gone to Capitol Hill to lobby for environmental issues.