Howie Dorough

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Howie Dorough
Howie D NKOTBSB Newcastle.jpg
Dorough at a NKOTBSB show in Newcastle Arena, 2012
Howard Dwaine Dorough

(1973-08-22) August 22, 1973 (age 45)
Other names
  • Howard D. Dorough
  • Howard Dorough
  • Howie Dorough
  • "Latin Lover"
  • "Howie D"
  • "Sweet D"
Alma materValencia College
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active1990–present
Leigh Boniello (m. 2007)
  • Hoke Dwaine Dorough
  • Paula Flores
Musical career
GenresR&B, pop rock, dance
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
Associated acts

Howard Dwaine Dorough (born August 22, 1973)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. He is best known as a member of American music group Backstreet Boys.

Early life[edit]

Howard Dwaine Dorough was born in Orlando, Florida,[1] where he met future friend and bandmate AJ McLean through a mutual vocal coach.[2] His mother, Paula Flores, is Puerto Rican,[3] and his father, Hoke Dwaine Dorough (1938–2008),[4] was Irish American.

Dorough's love and passion for entertainment started when he was three years old, begun by jumping on his grandparents' bed, singing "Babyface" with his little guitar. He started performing around age six or seven, thanks to his sister, singing during mass in church choir and having his first role in the musical adaptation of The Wizard of Oz as a singer and actor. His mother started to enroll him in children's community theaters and got him in singing/voice and acting lessons by putting him in a performing arts academy where he also took dance lessons in classical ballet, tap, and jazz. During school, Dorough also performed in choir, talent shows and school productions, including a school TV show called Macho & Camacho. He also managed to land roles in movies, such as Parenthood and Cop and a Half, as well as act in a Nickelodeon TV production and star in a commercial for Walt Disney World under the stage name Tony Donetti.[5]

After high school, Dorough auditioned for Backstreet Boys under his stage name, but they lost his contact info; however, after six months, they were able to track him down, thanks to AJ.[5][6] He came to fame in the mid-1990s as a member of the Backstreet Boys. He graduated from Edgewater High School in the Top 10 of his class[citation needed] and attended Valencia College with *NSYNC member, Chris.[7]


Backstreet Boys[edit]

Dorough, along with AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson started the Backstreet Boys in 1993. They were then booked to perform at many venues such as high schools and shopping malls and eventually managed to sign a contract with Jive Records in 1994. They slowly became popular in European countries, starting with Germany, and embarked on a tour in support of their debut album. The album slowly climbed up to the top ten slots in most countries and was on its way to sell more than 8 million copies.

As their second album, Backstreet's Back was being released in Europe, they released their first album in the United States which was a compilation of both their international debut and Backstreet's Back. The album climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and eventually sold over 14 million copies. Meanwhile, Backstreet's Back became an even bigger success than their debut album, opening at the number one spot in many countries.

Dorough is most known for his infamous fart, which was recorded and used as a part of the beat for the song "The Call" from the Backstreet Boys fourth album, Black And Blue. [Billboard 1]

They started recording Millennium in 1998 and released it in May 1999. It became one of the biggest selling albums of all time taking the number one place in many countries. Their first single from Millennium's follow up album, Black & Blue, Shape Of My Heart was released to radio on October 3. Black and Blue recorded first week sales of 1.59 million copies in the US, making the Backstreet Boys the first artists to back to back million-plus sales of albums.

After releasing their greatest hits album they went on hiatus and regrouped in 2003. They released their next album, Never Gone in 2005. While it was negatively reviewed by critics it enjoyed a lot of commercial success. They released their next album, Unbreakable in 2007 and the follow-up This Is Us, in 2009. Their eighth album In a World Like This was released on July 30, 2013. Their ninth album DNA which is expected to be released on January 25, 2019 with a new headlining tour to follow in May the same year. All in all, they have become one of the biggest selling artists of all time with record sales exceeding 135 million worldwide.

Solo projects[edit]

Dorough worked as a producer for singer/songwriter 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.

Dorough's first solo album Back to Me was released on November 9, 2011. The first single "100" received moderate success and airplay primarily in Canada.[8] Also in November 2011 Dorough joined Britney Spears for her Femme Fatale Tour in South America.[9]

TV and film appearances[edit]

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 Present 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[edit]

Dorough also founded a company called Sweet D, Inc. with his older brother John.[10] The company specializes in real estate development and has built numerous condominiums, hotels, and waterfront properties.[11] 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.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, Dorough's sister, Caroline Dorough-Cochran, died of lupus. After her death, Dorough 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.[14]

On December 8, 2007, Dorough married his longtime girlfriend Leigh Boniello in a traditional Catholic ceremony.[15][16] Their first child, James Hoke Dorough, was born on May 6, 2009.[17] In August 2012, Dorough stated via Twitter that he and his wife were expecting another baby boy.[18] The couple welcomed their second child, Holden John Dorough, on February 16, 2013.[19]



Title Year Peak positions
Back to Me 56
Live from Toronto
  • Released: March 13, 2012
  • Format: Digital download


Year Single Album
2011 "100" Back to Me
"Lie to Me"
2012 "Going Going Gone"


  • "Every Minute, Every Hour" (co-writer) (2gether)
  • "Show Me What You Got" (Howie Dorough featuring BoA)
  • "I'll Be There" (Howie Dorough featuring Sarah Geronimo)
  • "It Still Matters ~愛は眠らない(Ai wa Nemuranai)~" (The Gospellers featuring Howie Dorough)
  • "I Like It" (co-writer) (So Real, Mandy Moore)
  • "If I Say" (Howie Dorough featuring U)
  • "Worth Fighting For" (Howie Dorough featuring U)
  • "New Tomorrow" (featuring Howie D) (A Friend in London feat Howie Dorough)


TV series & Movies
Year Film Role Notes
1989 Parenthood
1990 Welcome Freshmen
1998 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Himself Episode: "Battle of the bands"
1998–1999 Saturday Night Live Himself and Musical guest "Julianne Moore/Backstreet Boys" (Season 23: episode 16)
"Sarah Michelle Gellar/Backstreet Boys" (Season 24: episode 19)
2002 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Strum Season 7 episode 2 "The Big Head"
2002 Arthur Himself Episode: "Arthur, It's Only Rock and Roll" Guest Voice
2002 Sesame Street Himself
2005 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Himself Musical Guest With The Backstreet Boys
2012 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Himself Musical Guest with Backstreet Boys
2013 This Is the End himself With the Backstreet Boys, performing "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
2014 I Heart Nick Carter Himself minor
2000-2014 Dora The Explorer Voice Acting Played Santa In A Present For Santa And The Singing Bridge In Dora's Pirate Adventure

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mclean, AJ. "How Max Martin Turned a Fart Into the Epic Beat in Backstreet Boys' 'The Call': AJ McLean Tells All". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 27 January 2019.


  1. ^ a b "Backstreet Bahama Boys". CBS News. May 16, 2000. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Netter, Matt (January 1999). Backstreet Boys * Aaron Carter. New York: Pocket Books. p. 55. ISBN 0-671-03539-8.
  3. ^ Netter, Matt (January 1999). Backstreet Boys*Aaron Carter. New York: Pocket Books. p. 79. ISBN 0-671-03539-8.
  4. ^ "Hoke Dwaine Dorough's Obituary on Orlando Sentinel". Orlando Sentinel.
  5. ^ a b "Howie Dorough". Biography.
  6. ^ "Howie D Reveals How His Stage Name Almost Kept Him From Being in BSB". PopCrush.
  7. ^ "Boy Power".
  8. ^ "Howie D. for Sarah CD launch". February 27, 2010. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  9. ^ "Britney Spears Recruits A Backstreet Boy For Tour". MTV. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  10. ^ "Sweet D, Inc. Corporate Details". Visulate. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  11. ^ "Howie Dorough". Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  12. ^ "Dorough Lupus Foundation". Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  13. ^ "Howiedoit Productions, Inc. Corporate Details". Visulate. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
  14. ^ "Aaron Carter, LFO To Join Backstreet Boy Howie D. At Lupus Benefit".
  15. ^ "OK! Exclusive: Howie Dorough Married!". OK! Magazine. December 8, 2007. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
  16. ^ "Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough Gets Married". People. December 8, 2007. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
  17. ^ "Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough Welcomes a Son". People. May 7, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  18. ^ "'The best gift!' Backstreet Boy's Howie Dorough announces wife's pregnancy on his birthday". Daily Mail. August 24, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  19. ^ "Howie Dorough, Backstreet Boy, Welcomes Son Holden John: Picture". US Weekly. February 19, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  20. ^ "Howie D – Oricon". Oricon. Retrieved October 27, 2017.

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