Born In: Laurel, Mississippi, United States
American singer, Lance Bass, is an all-rounder, in the truest sense. He is not just a terrific singer but an actor, producer, NASA certified astronaut, and an author as well. One can also use the term “over-achiever” as a prefix to his name. Each and every step he took in his early life was in the direction of becoming an astronaut, but it seems life had different plans for him. Serendipity played a major role in Bass’ life; he got his first major break over a phone call with Justin Timberlake during his junior year of high school. Before he could process what was happening, he had already been initiated as a member of the boy-band NSYNC. Bass, as an artist, never limited himself. He fulfilled his childhood dream, explored movies and television as an actor and a producer, wrote his memoir, Out of Sync, and contributed towards the uplifting of the LGBTQ community. Bass is an inspiration for young people which is evident in his world-wide popularity and massive fan-base.
Also Known As: James Lance Bass
Spouse/Ex-: Michael Turchin
father: James Irvin Bass Jr., James Irvin Bass, Jr.
mother: Diane Bass
siblings: Stacy Bass
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: Mississippi
education: Clinton High School
Lance Bass was born as ‘James Lance Bass’ in Laurel, Mississippi. He was raised in a traditional Christian atmosphere, which according to him, was nothing but a great learning experience. He quotes, “I was not raised in a Christian church to hate people. I was taught to love people and accept people.”
His father, James Irvin Bass, was a Jr. Medical technologist while his mother, Diane was middle school teacher. He has an older sister as well, Stacey Bass.
He discovered his love for astronomy and space during his first live visit to the space shuttle launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida, when he was nine years old. It was in this moment where he fixed his goals towards going in to space.
He pursued engineering with the hopes of fulfilling his dream of joining NASA. Singing wasn’t a passion for Bass, it was a hobby which he was good at. He used to sing in Baptist church choir.
Bass associated himself with several music groups such as Mississippi Show Stoppers (a state-wide music group), the Attaché Show Choir group (national-award winning choir group), during his study-period at Clinton High School.
He is a certified astronaut. He received his cosmonaut certification from Star City, Russia. From there he moved to Houston’s Johnson Space Centre to continue his training. During there, he discovered he has cardiac arrhythmia, and later had a surgery to rectify it.
In the year 2002 he signed a contract with Lena Banks, for space travel alongside Souyz TMA-1 mission on 30 October 2002. However, due to last minute withdrawal of sponsorship, his dream to visit space remained unfulfilled.
Lance Bass was offered his first break in 1995, during his junior year of High School. He was offered to be the replacement singer for Jason Galasso in the NSYNC band, by Justin Timberlake and his mother Lynn Harless.
NSYNC band was one of the defining bands of the 1990s pop culture and Lance Bass became popular overnight.
When asked about appearing on Rosie O’Donnell Show, he felt that it was a benchmark that proved they were now famous.
In 2000, Lance Bass started his own music management company called Free Lance Entertainment, it was run jointly by him and his family.
He bagged his first role, as an actor, in the motion picture On the Line (2001). His character name was Kevin, a guy who falls in love with a woman on a train and begins his quest to find her again.
Lance Bass started his own production company by the name Bacons & Eggs (previously named ‘A Happy Place’).
Not many people know that Bass has dubbed for quite a few animated shows like Robot’s Chicken, and Handy Manny (for Disney). He was also the voice behind Sephiroth, a character in the ‘Kingdom Hearts’ videogame.
Lance Bass is a radio-jockey as well. He has his own drive time radio show called Dirty pop with Lance Bass, in which he talks about pop culture and entertainment related news. This is an LGBTQ-geared station on Sirius XM.
He has a partnership with the dating app called ‘Sparxx’ designed especially for the LGBTQ community.
In March 2020, their single No strings Attached broke all possible records. It featured as one of the chart toppers, selling 1.1 million copies on the first day of release itself. It became the fastest selling record in the history of pop music.
One of the biggest highlights in Bass’ career, as a member of NSYNC band, was performing at Super Bowl with Aerosmith.
His production film Kidnapped for Christ was critically acclaimed. It bagged two awards: Audience Award for documentary feature, and Best documentary at Manhattan International Film Festival.
His single Walking on Air was the number one European dance single in 2104, featuring newcomer Bella Blue.
He was the National Youth Spokesperson for World Space week (2003-2005).
On 7th October 2006, Bass was presented with the Human Rights Award for Campaign Visibility.
Lance Bass officially declared his sexual orientation, that he is gay, for a cover story in People’s Magazine on 26 July 2006.
Lance Bass got married to Michael Turchin, an actor, on 20th December 2014.
Bass always wanted to be a father, and the couple turned to surrogacy for having a child, although they haven’t been lucky. They’ve had nine miscarriages.
He set up the ‘Lance Bass Foundation’ in 2001 to support his philanthropist causes.
Lance Bass initially struggled to pick up the complex choreography for the NSYNC Concerts. Gradually, he became better.
He took part in ‘Dancing with stars’ in season 7. He, along with his partner Lacey Schwimmer, came third in the Grand Finale.
His band members have given him two nicknames- Pez (due to his big Adam’s apple) and Scoop (because he is a know-it-all).
Bass is the founder of the popular Yard Sale where celebrities donate their belongings in order to raise money for the charities they are associated with. Bass picked up this idea from his hometown weekend yard sales.