Everyone who is in Las Vegas the week of the Academy of Country Music Awards knows that they're going to be exposed to a whole-lotta, nothing-but, full-strength country artists. So, it may come as a bit of a surprise that Joey Fatone, whose musical fame springs from legendary boy band 'NSync, has been seen in the mix during the awards-show rush.
Turns out it's not really all that weird. Fatone is currently working in Vegas hosting the live version of The Price Is Right at Bally's. Being in town, "What better way to hang out than the Academy of Country Music Awards?" he notes, with a smile.
Okay, so Fatone is a country fan like a lot of us out there. That's understandable. However, what will probably surprise fans is a quick revelation from the performer that he's thinking of possibly making some country music of his own.
Yep--that's what he said, folks! "I love country music, and it's amazing how mainstream it has become," he explains. "I'm very excited that people are versatile and able to get into it."
He cites Darius Rucker as an example, who won fame initially as the frontman for pop sensation Hootie & the Blowfish and now has a tremendously successful solo career in country.
Rucker is a remarkably fitting inspiration for a performer who also happens to boast versatile/resilient talent and a start in the pop world. "It's amazing," Fatone repeats. "Pop music can go into the country realm, I believe."
Seriously, country fans--don't write Fatone off just yet. We think he just may be serious. Keep your ears out for a familiar voice in months to come--and remember, you heard it here first!
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