Howie Dorough

Howard Dwayne Dorough (born August 22, 1973), also known as Howie D, is an American musician and member of the boy band Backstreet Boys.

Early life

Dorough was born in Orlando, Florida to a Puerto Rican mother of Spanish descent, Paula Flores, and an Irish American father, Hoke Dorough. He is the youngest of five siblings.

Dorough had a passion for the entertainment business since he was three years old, when he would jump on his grandparents bed, singing "Baby Face" while strumming his tiny guitar. At the age of six, Dorough participated in an Orlando production of The Wizard of Oz to get his start in show business, this would only be the start of a string of musicals he would do in the local Orlando scene. Throughout high school he was actively involved in theatre and chorus. He rented out the production equipment often, having participated and created a show by the name of 'Macho & Camacho' during his high school years. Howie spent much of his childhood preparing for life in the spotlight. Introduced to the arts by his older sister Pollyanna at the age of six, he quickly found himself actively involved in the Orlando entertainment scene and eventually landed acting roles in local theater, movies such as "Parenthood" and "Cop and a Half", and on multiple Nickelodeon productions. Spending his free time at auditions, rehearsals and various lessons, Howie became a true student of his craft.
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Dorough later auditioned for the Backstreet Boys, where he reached worldwide fame along with group mates AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter. After the group reached stardom, Dorough and the rest of the band became staples on the covers of such magazines as Tiger Beat and 16. In 1998, Howie's sister, Caroline Dorough-Cochran, died of Lupus. After her passing, Howie established The Dorough Lupus Foundation. The foundation helps raise awareness about the disease, financial support for those who cannot afford treatment, and money for research. To date over half a million dollars have been raised for finding a cure. As one of the four contributing voices to the Backstreet Boys, Howie is notable for his high falsetto. Being the countertenor, he has usually sung the highest harmony in the choruses, and is notable for being a normal choice for ballads, where he has taken over some slow-tempoed lines ('I Want It All', 'Drowning', 'The Answer To Our Life', 'The Perfect Fan').

Howie has sung lead on several Backstreet Boys tracks, the most notable being "Spanish Eyes" from the Millennium album and two tracks that he penned himself: "What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful)" and "How Did I Fall In Love With You" sung with Brian Littrell (Black and Blue).

Still he's mostly the official two-part harmoniser of the group, often supporting either Brian, Nick or AJ while they're singing solo (e.g. 'Incomplete' chorus, 'Larger Than Life' pre-chorus, some parts of 'I Still', 'Shape Of My Heart' pre-choruses).

Solo projects

Dorough worked as a producer for singer/song-writer George Nozuka and Katelyn Tarver as part of his management partnership with former 3deep member CJ Huyer, called HC Entertainment formed in 2004. Since 2010 he's also managing a Canadian band Neverest, who was under Dorough's company, 3 Street Management.

His first solo album "Back to Me" was released on November 9, 2011. The first single "100" received moderate success and airplay primarily in Canada. Also in November 2011 he joined Britney Spears for her Femme Fatale Tour in South America.

TV and film appearances

Dorough guest-starred in the television series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch in the episode "The Big Head" as an egotistic rock star named Strum. He also guest-starred on an episode of Roswell, and voiced Santa Claus on the Nickelodeon preschool animated series Dora the Explorer in the Christmas episode "A Gift for Santa". In September 2002, Howie and the rest of The Backstreet Boys made special guest appearances on the children's cartoon Arthur. In 2013 Dorough made his motion picture debut by appearing in the comedy This Is the End along with the rest of the Backstreet Boys.

Other ventures

Dorough also founded a company called Sweet D, Inc. with his older brother John. The company specializes in real estate development and has built numerous condominiums, hotels, and waterfront properties. He's also founded and held the positions of CEO, chairman, and director in several other companies, most notably Dorough Lupus Foundation and Howiedoit Productions, Inc.

Personal life

On December 8, 2007, Dorough married his longtime girlfriend Leigh Boniello in a traditional Catholic ceremony. Their first child, James Hoke Dorough, was born on May 6, 2009. In August 2012, Dorough stated via Twitter that he and his wife were expecting another baby boy. The couple welcomed their second child, Holden John Dorough, on February 16, 2013.




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