Step by Step
“If you're going to have a chip on your shoulder in this business, you'll have no shoulders left at the end of the day.” Joey McIntyre on fame and Hollywood
American singer, songwriter and actor Joey McIntyre is best known as the youngest member of 1980s teen idols New Kids on the Block (NKOTB). During his stint with the band (from 1985 until its breakup in 1994, he enjoyed two number 1 hit albums with “Hangin' Tough” (1988) and “Step by Step” (1990). He went on to achieve success as both an actor and solo performer after the disbandment of NKOTB in 1994. As a soloist, McIntyre has released five albums since his debut album “Stay the Same” (1998), which spawned the hits “Stay the Same” and “I Love You Came Too Late.” Other albums include “Meet Joe Mac” (2001), “8:09” (2004) and “Talk to Me” (2006). He also recorded the song “Remember Me” for the film “Southie” (1995). As for acting, McIntyre has dotted his resume with performances in film, television and on the stage. He starred as Matt Hucklebee in the film “The Fantasticks” (1995), Tony in “Tony n' Tina's Wedding” (2004) and more recently, Jack O'Toole in “On Broadway” (2007). He also played Colin Flynn, a recurring role on the TV series “Boston Public” (2002-2003). His stage credits include “Tick, Tick... BOOM,” (2001, 2003), “Wicked” (2005) and “Happy Days” (2006).
“I like steady relationships. By that I mean relationships that are balanced, where the guy isn't superior to the girl, where two people share everything. My perfect date would include a romantic dinner just for two, then maybe afterward we'd go to the theatre and see a play or a movie. Then after that, we would go for a walk. Yeah, especially if it were on an autumn night in Boston. I love fall! I'd be all cozy in my jacket and my date and I would walk hand-in-hand by the Charles River in Boston.” Joey McIntyre
Outside the spotlight, McIntyre is the husband of real-estate agent Barrett Williams, whom he married in 2003. The couple is expecting their first child in early 2008.
Childhood and Family:
At Deaconess-Glover Hospital in Needham, Massachusetts, Joseph Mulrey McIntyre, professionally known as Joey McIntyre, was born on December 31, 1972, to an Irish-American Catholic family. The youngest of nine children, he has seven sisters, Judith, Alice, Susan, Carol, Patricia, Jean and Kate, and a brother named Tommy. As a child, he wanted to become a bricklayer and follow in the footsteps of his father. A natural performer, Joey has been working as an artist since age six. He graduated from Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1990.
Joey McIntyre, who has several nicknames like Joey Joe, Joe Bird, Joe Mac and Joey Mac, met Barrett Williams, a real-estate agent, on August 9, 2002, while house hunting in Los Angeles during his run on “Boston Public.” They married a year later on the same date they met. Their religious wedding was held at New York City's Plaza Hotel and presided over by a rabbi and a Roman Catholic priest. Joey and his wife are expecting their first child in early 2008.
Stay the Same
“I tried out on Father's Day, June 15, 1985. Mary picked me up and I was really scared. I went to Maurice's (Starr) house and tried out. I sang one of the songs the group was about to record and afterwards we got in the car and Mary asked me, 'Well, do you want to be in the group? You've got the part.' And I said, 'Yeah, here I am,' and we recorded the songs.” Joey McIntyre (on his audition for the New Kids)
An artist since the age of 6, Joey McIntyre got his big break at age 13 when he was recruited to be a member of New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) in 1985. Replacing Jamie Kelly, he initially found it hard to blend in the group since the other four members were already long-time schoolmates. Nevertheless, the group emerged as a phenomenally successful boy band.
NKOTB released a self-titled debut album in 1986. The album reached No. 25 in the U.S. and No. 6 in the U.K. However, it was their sophomore effort, “Hangin' Tough” (1988) that brought McIntyre and his band real stardom. The album became a No. 1 pop hit in both America and England. After “Merry, Merry Christmas” (1989, #9 US, #13 UK), they returned to the top of pop charts with “Step by Step” (1990, #1 US, #1 UK) and released “No More Games: The Remix Album” ( #10 US, #15 UK) later that same year. Following a failed attempt to modernize their music in the album “Face the Music” (1994), which peaked at No. 37 in the U.S. and No. 36 in the U.K., they decided to part ways. They would later work together again for a “Greatest Hits” album in 1999.
“The New Kids took a lot of hits for not writing their own music. I never wrote when I was in the group. So this time it's a new experience for me. It's kind of like my baby.” Joey McIntyre
After the band’s breakup, McIntyre kept busy writing songs. He worked as an actor in the motion picture “The Fantasticks” (1995), where he starred in the role of Matt Hucklebee. Based on the long-running off-Broadway musical and helmed by Michael Ritchie, the film was released in theaters five years later by MGM/UA. He was also spotted on stage playing a role in a stage production of “Barking Sharks” that same year.
Disillusioned at his inability to score a recording deal, McIntyre decided to fund his own project and sold it on his web site. “Stay the Same,” a first single from his first 1998 solo album of the same name, earned national airplay time after he took the single to a local Boston DJ. McIntyre caught the eye of Sony Music USA, which then signed him to a contract in 1999. Shortly thereafter, his album was re-released and sold over a million copies. “I Love You Came Too Late” became his next successful solo single after the gold single “Stay the Same.” Still in 1999, McIntyre recorded the song “Remember Me” for the movie “Southie,” starring former NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg and actress Rose McGowan.
McIntyre's second solo album, “Meet Joe Mac,” was released in 2001 and spun off the hit single “Rain.” Later that same year, in October, he joined playwright Jonathan Larson's semi-autobiographical musical comedy/drama “Tick, Tick... BOOM!” on an Off-Broadway tour. He followed it up with a recurring role as Colin Flynn on the Fox show “Boston Public” during its 2002-2003 seasons. He also maintained his presence in the music industry by releasing the live acoustic album “One Too Many” with Emanuel Kiriakou in 2003.
The following year, McIntyre resurfaced with his forth studio album called “8:09,” which was highly influenced by his wife Barrett. The album produced a hit with the song “L.A Blue.” Also in 2004, he returned to the big screen to star as Tony in the based-on-play “Tony n' Tina's Wedding,” alongside Mila Kunis. McIntyre was cast as Fiyero, the leading male role in the Broadway musical “Wicked” in 2005, a gig that reunited him with Joel Grey who portrayed his father-in-law in “The Fantasticks” (1995). Commenting about it, he said, “It was my first movie and he was such a pro. I remember being able to go to his trailer and chat about anything. I was 21 and blabbing about what I wanted to do and he said everything would work out.”
That same year, McIntyre also began competing in the popular reality TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” in which he and his dance professional partner Ashly DelGrosso won third place. He resumed his stage career by taking on the role of Fonzie in the musical version of “Happy Days” in August 2006. His new album, “Talk to Me,” was released two months later in December 2006.
Recently, McIntyre starred as Jack O'Toole in the film “On Broadway” (2007), directed and helmed by Dave McLaughlin and costarring Eliza Dushku, Jill Flint, Mike O'Malley and Sean Lawlor.