Aaron Charles Carter (born December 7, 1987) is the younger brother of singer Nick Carter, from the boy band Backstreet Boys. He came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late-1990s, establishing himself as a star among preteen and teenage audiences during the early-2000s. Carter, who has also launched an acting career, is known for media reports regarding his personal life, including his relationships with now former teen actresses Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan, and his legal problems, some involving his mother.
Carter attended the Frank D. Miles Elementary School and the Ruskin School in Florida.
Carter began his performing career at the age of seven, as the lead singer of a local band, Dead End. He left the band after two years because they were leaning towards alternative music and he wanted to do pop. He made his first solo appearance, singing a cover of The Jets' "Crush on You", when opening for the Backstreet Boys in Berlin in March 1997. The performance was followed by a record contract, and in the fall of 1997, he released his first single, "Crush on You". His first full-length album was released on December 1, 1997. The eponymous debut album achieved gold status in Norway, Spain, Denmark, Canada, and Germany, and was released in the United States on June 16, 1998. On November 17, 1996, Carter released the EP Let The Music Heal Your Soul. The record was a fund-raising project that featured vocals by Carter, The Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, The Moffatts, and other artists (collectively referred to as the "Bravo All Stars" after the German youth magazine Bravo).
Carter's parents later filed a lawsuit against his former manager, Lou Pearlman (now sued for major fraud), for failure to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties on Carter's 1998 album, which was released through Pearlman's label and production company, Trans Continental. On March 13, 2003, Pearlman was declared in contempt of court for ignoring a court order to produce documents relating to royalty payments.
Carter's vocals have been included on several soundtracks, including a collaboration with musician Patrick Kilcoyne on Pokémon: The First Movie (1999), Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000), Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and The Princess Diaries (both 2001). His next album, Aaron's Party (Come Get It) was released in the United States on September 26, 2000 under the Jive label. The album achieved triple-platinum certification, selling more than 1.5 million copies in the United States. The album was followed by a compilation of music videos (October 10, 2000) and a concert DVD (July 31, 2001). At the age of 13, Carter recorded the album Oh, Aaron, which was released on August 7, 2001 and featured his first duet recording with his brother, Nick. Oh, Aaron was accompanied by a music video/DVD of the same name, which was released on March 26, 2002 and included footage of his 2001 concert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as music videos and interviews. Play Along Toys also created an Aaron Carter action figure in conjunction with the album's release.
In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Carter and his brother Nick were among the many artists who participated in the recording of the charity single "What More Can I Give", written and composed by Michael Jackson, which was supposed to raise money for the victims' families. Sony refused to release the track and forbade Michael Jackson to release it with the help of another label.
Carter's next album, Another Earthquake, was released on September 3, 2002, during the "Rock, Rap, and Retro" tour. The album featured the patriotic-themed "America A.O." and the ballad "Do You Remember". Carter's Most Requested Hits, a collection including tracks from his last three albums as well as a new single, "One Better", was released on November 3, 2003. Carter's most recent CD single was "Saturday Night", which was released on March 22, 2005 and promoted by Carter during his summer 2005 Remix Tour. The song was released by Trans Continental label, with Lou Pearlman as executive producer. The single was also featured in the soundtrack of the film Popstar, in which Carter starred.
On March 21, 2006, Trans Continental filed a lawsuit against Carter within the Los Angeles Superior Court, citing that Carter allegedly reneged on a recording deal. Carter had signed the contract on December 7, 2004, when he was 17 and underage. A year later, his attorney notified the record company that Carter had the right to "cancel or void various agreements" that were signed when he was a minor.
On Carter's show House of Carters, and on one of his official myspace.com sites, he says he writing, recording and producing an album.
Carter made his feature film debut in a cameo in the 2004 comedy, Fat Albert. He voiced a soldier named Joseph Plumb Martin in Liberty's Kids. His first lead role in a feature was in Popstar (2005), a direct-to-video film that was based heavily on his own life as a performer. A real-life motocross racer, Carter also appeared in 2005's Supercross.
In addition to sports, Carter enjoys working out. At the age of fourteen, he took up weightlifting and boosted his body weight from 120 lb to 140 lb. He bulked up mainly in his arms, abdomen and chest. He is also a gymnast, and he frequently performs back flips, handstands, and one-arm cartwheels in his concert appearances.
Carter is also a passionate advocate for the protection of the Everglades habitat in his native Florida. At the age of fifteen he appeared in a United States Coast Guard video promoting the use of life jackets among boaters and anglers.
Carter's parents separated in March 2003 and later filed for divorce. In December 2003, Carter filed for legal emancipation from his mother, alleging she had taken more than $100,000 from his bank account without his permission. Carter mentioned in a 20/20 interview that he was missing sums amounting to $6,400,000. Carter and his mother resolved their differences the following January, and the filing was withdrawn. Since his parents' divorce, Carter has lived with his father in Marathon, Florida. Aaron Carter has since moved out on his own. He spent several months in 2006 living with his brother Nick and their sisters, Angel, BJ (Bobbie Jean), and Leslie. When filming wrapped in August, Carter returned to Florida briefly, then moved back to California, where he has his own apartment.
On September 18, 2006, it was reported that Carter was engaged to former beauty queen and Playboy model Kari Ann Peniche. US Weekly later reported that Carter had broken off his engagement to Peniche, saying he was impulsive in proposing to her.
On August 12, 2008, Carter attended the Hollywood Knights Association for charity.
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