Nickolas Gene "Nick" Carter (born January 28, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, entertainer and actor. He is best known as one of the lead vocalists of the pop group, Backstreet Boys. He went on to release a solo album called Now Or Never during their hiatus. He has made occasional television appearances and starred in his own reality show, House of Carters. As a solo artist he sold over 570,000 records worldwide. He gained fame in the late 90s and early 2000s as a teen idol. He is also the older brother of singer Aaron Carter.
Carter was born in Jamestown, New York, where his parents Jane Elizabeth (née Spaulding) and Robert Gene Carter owned a bar called the Yankee Rebel. Several years later, the family moved to Ruskin, Florida and managed a retirement home, Garden Villa Retirement Home, where they added his younger siblings to their family. His siblings are Bobbie Jean Carter (born January 12, 1982); Leslie Barbara Carter (born June 6, 1986); and twins Aaron Carter and Angel Charisma Carter (born December 7, 1987). Carter also has an older half-sister, Virginia Marie Carter (born October 16, 1972) from his father's first marriage, a half-brother Kaden Brent Carter (born June 7, 2005), and a stepsister, Taelyn Carter from his father's third marriage. His parents divorced in 2003 and his father remarried in 2004 to Ginger Elrod.