"What's Left of Me," released May 9 on Jive Records, is one man's story, as he reclaims his considerable gifts as a singer and songwriter, trying to survive the intense celebrity surrounding him. Nick Lachey is moving through his life's journey with courage, grace, immense talent, and a sense of humor. "What's Left Of Me" is a snapshot of a moment in Nick's life, as any album is, and it's as confessional and introspective as it is universal in its melodic expression of trials endured and lessons learned.
It would be impossible for the singer/songwriter to dismiss the past three years, in which his private life became a prime-time tableau for television audiences around the world. In 2003, Nick and wife Jessica Simpson were catapulted from pop stardom to becoming pop cultural icons over a trio of seasons of MTV's runaway hit "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica." That, in turn, led to a series of "Nick & Jessica Variety Hour" specials on ABC in the classic tradition of "Sonny & Cher," and a tour of duty, in which the couple visited Iraq and sang for American soldiers.
Today, Lachey is dedicating himself to his true passion, music via the 12 robust tracks on "What's Left of Me." Already, the title track has stormed top 40 radio as one of the fastest-rising singles of Spring 2006. The song debuted on AOLMusic.com in February and became the top-performing promotion in the site's two-year history. In April, MTV presented an anticipated look inside the life of Nick Lachey as he prepared to release his album with the one-hour special, "Nick Lachey: What's Left Of Me." This was followed by the MTV world premiere of Nick's new video "What's Left Of Me" along with an inside look of its production with "Making The Video: Nick Lachey." In the mean time, Lachey launched Yfly.com, a chat and networking Web site for teens.
Lachey released his first solo album, "SoulO" in late 2003, which included the romantic song "This I Swear" which was the theme song for his hit TV series. The ballad reached No. 11 on Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.
In the liner notes for "What's Left of Me," Lachey thanks God, saying "I believe he always has a plan for us and I trust in it." It's this sense of hope and strength which gives the album its core. Although "What's Left of Me" contains some of Nick's writing and singing about closure and endings, it's also a beginning; a new step for a deeply talented musician who will certainly be on the American radio for many years to come.