Justin Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. In the late 1990s, Timberlake rose to prominence as one of the two lead vocalists and youngest member of NSYNC, which eventually became one of the best-selling boy bands of all time.
He first appeared on the television shows Star Search and The All-New Mickey Mouse Club as a child.
Timberlake began to adopt a more mature image as an artist with the release of his debut solo album, the R&B-focused Justified (2002), which yielded the successful singles “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body”, and earned his first two Grammy Awards.
- Full name: Justin Randall Timberlake, JT
- Born: 31 January 1981 (age 39 years), Memphis, Tennessee, United States
- Profession: American singer, songwriter, actor
- Spouse: Jessica Biel (m. 2012)
- Music groups: NSYNC (1995 – 2002), Jawbreakers (Since 2005), Bravo All Stars (1998 – 1998)
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About Justin Timberlake
Justin was born on 31 January 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. He is the son of to Lynn (Bomar) Harless and Charles Randall Timberlake, a Baptist church choir director.
Timberlake grew up in Shelby Forest, a small community between Memphis and Millington. He has two half-brothers, Jonathan (born September 12, 1993) and Stephen (born August 14, 1998), from Charles’ second marriage to Lisa Perry.
His half-sister Laura Katherine died shortly after birth on May 12, 1997, and is mentioned in his acknowledgments in the album NSYNC as “My Angel in Heaven”.
His family circle includes a number of musicians; his grandfather introduced him to music from country artists like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson.
Performing as a child, Timberlake sang country and gospel music: at the age of 11, he appeared on the television show Star Search, performing country songs as “Justin Randall”.
By that time, he began listening to rhythm and blues musicians from the 1960s and 70s, such as Al Green, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, and he had listening sessions with his father of studio albums by the Eagles and Bob Seger.
In 1993 and 1994, he was a cast member in The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, where his castmates included future girlfriend and singer Britney Spears, future tourmate Christina Aguilera, future bandmate JC Chasez, and future movie actors Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell.
Timberlake then recruited Chasez to be in an all-male singing group, organized by boy band manager Lou Pearlman, that eventually became NSYNC.
His critically acclaimed second album FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006), characterized by its diversity in music genres, debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 and produced the Hot 100 number-one singles “SexyBack”, “My Love”, and “What Goes Around… Comes Around”.
Established as a solo artist worldwide, his first two albums both exceeded sales of 10 million copies, and he continued producing records and collaborating with other artists.
From 2008 through 2012, Timberlake focused on his acting career, effectively putting his music career on hiatus. He held starring roles in the films The Social Network, Bad Teacher, Friends with Benefits, and In Time.
Timberlake resumed his music career in 2013 with his third and fourth albums The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, exploring neo soul styles, partly inspired by the expansive song structures of 1960s and 1970s rock.
The former became the best-selling album of the year in the US with the largest sales week, and spawned the top-three singles “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors”, while the latter produced the top-ten song “Not a Bad Thing”.
For his live performances, including the eponymous concert tour for the albums, he began performing with his band The Tennessee Kids, composed by instrumentalists and dancers.
Timberlake voiced Branch in DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls (2016), whose soundtrack includes his fifth Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping single, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”.
His fifth studio album Man of the Woods (2018) became his fourth number-one album in the US. The album was supported by the two top ten singles, “Filthy” and “Say Something”, and concluded 2018 as the sixth best-selling album of the year.
Throughout his solo career, Timberlake has sold over 32 million albums and 56 million singles globally, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
Often cited as a pop icon, Timberlake is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including ten Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, three Brit Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Contemporary Icon Award, an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music, and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
According to Billboard in 2017, he is the best performing male soloist in the history of the Mainstream Top 40.
Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007 and 2013. His other ventures include record label Tennman Records, fashion label William Rast, and the restaurants Destino and Southern Hospitality.