At sixteen, Lance Bass received a phone call from Justin Timberlake that would change his life forever. Soon after, he left his small-town in Clinton, Mississippi to join an emerging musical group called *NSYNC. Two years later *NSYNC was inspiring Beatles-esque mania around the world, becoming the new face of the MTV generation. And now this inspiring entertainer is taking on a new role for a very special limited time only: Guest Speaker.
Lance speaks candidly about his childhood, his astonishing experiences growing up in one of the biggest bands in the world, his shock and frustration at the band’s eventual dissolution, and his subsequent career, including his four months in Russia, training to become a cosmonaut. Lance frankly discusses life as a gay man –his struggle keeping his sexuality hidden from fans in case it jeopardized *NSYNC’s success, and the true circumstances that led to his decision to publicly come out. Lance’s program is full of fascinating behind-the-scenes lore and revealing insights that makes for an evening not to be missed!
Lance Bass is the ultimate multi-hyphenate: Singer-Actor-Producer-Writer-Entrepreneur- Philanthropist who has sold some 25 million records worldwide as a member of *NSYNC. The group holds the all time record for most album sales in a single day (over 1 million) and in a single week (2.4 million) for its 2000 album No Strings Attached, which ultimately became a rare “Diamond” album, with over 10 million records sold. In addition, the albums *NSYNC, Celebrity, and Home for Christmas all went multi-platinum. As a member of *NSYNC, Lance has won a number of awards, including People’s Choice, American Music Awards, MTV Video Awards, Kid’s Choice, and a host of Grammy nominations. The groups’ several worldwide tours have been among the highest grossing and most well attended in history and have played well on HBO and IMAX screens.
Aside from *NSYNC, Lance Bass also made a name for himself in a variety of other endeavors. He executive produced and starred in the Miramax film On the Line that received the coveted Movieguide® award for excellence in family-oriented programming. Lance Bass also received the Golden Apple Award® as Male Film Discovery of 2001. In addition, Lance has made guest appearances in the film Zoolander and the television shows 7th Heaven, The Simpsons, Star Search, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire, NBC’s hit series America’s Most Talented Kid, co-host for the American Music Award’s Red Carpet Party.
Lance Bass continues to flex his producing muscles with his production company, Lance Bass Productions. He recently executive produced Randal Kleiser’s family-friendly romantic comedy, Lovewrecked, starring Amanda Bynes, Chris Carmack, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Jonathan Bennett.
In 2002 Lance Bass focused on his quest to travel to space and the International Space Station. He successfully trained to be a cosmonaut at Russia’s Star City and was certified by both the Russian Space Program and NASA for a mission aboard a Soyuz capsule. He is currently the National Youth Spokesperson for World Space Week – a program specially designed to excite educate students about space and space travel.
Lance Bass was inducted into the MS Musicians Hall of Fame making him the youngest person to ever receive this honor. He remains active various charitable organizations, most particularly The Lance Bass Foundation, created to meet the health and educational needs of children, *NSYNC’s “Challenge for the Children”; Sela Ward’s “Hope Village for Children” as well as serving as a member of US Secretary Of Education Rod Paige’s Entertainment Industry Advisory Board to work on special programs to help our nation’s children.