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Howie Dorough          

American Singer/Songwriter, Member of Backstreet Boys

A native of Orlando, Florida, his mother (Paula Flores) is Puerto Rican and his father (Hoke Dorough) is an Irish American.

Howard Dorough had a passion for the entertainment business since he was 3 years old, when he would jump on his grandparents bed, singing Baby Face while strumming his tiny guitar. At the age of 6, 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.

He 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, died of the Lupus form of cancer. After her passing, Howie helped create The Dorough Lupus Foundation, in which he is still involved. His 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.

He is currently in a two-year relationship with his girlfriend, Leigh Boniello.

As one of the five contributing voices to the Backstreet Boys, Howie is notable for his high falsetto, which has mostly been showcased in the background (e.g. "I Want It That Way," the pre-chorus of "Shape of My Heart" and the endings of "Spanish Eyes" and "Poster Girl").

Howie has sung lead on some 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, 2000).


Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys at 14th Annual Kids Choice ...

Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys at 14th Annual Kids Choice Awards, Santa Monica, CA, 2001.

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