Before he was one of the biggest teen pop star pin-ups on the planet, before the backstreet boys sold a zillion records, & before being named one of people magazine's "50 most beautiful people in the world," nick carter was a very talented kid with a dream. Nick carter: before the backstreet boys 1989-1993 gathers all of carter's early efforts, the recordings that eventually helped him land a gig in one of the world's top singing groups. For boys fans everywhere, nick carter: before the backstreet boys 1989-1993 is that special album that captures the innocence & promise of one of their favorite stars, the youngest of the backstreet boys & perhaps it's most popular member. The album's 17 selections are the first professional recordings featuring nickolas gene carter. Produced in the saint petersburg, florida studio of mark j. Dye, carter's producer, composer, arranger & vocal teacher from 1989-1993, they span nick's progress from the age of nine to 13. Two of the songs were written especially for nick by dye: "summer!" (the first time carter ever sang four-part harmony & all of the parts are him!) & "hard to get" (a duet with longtime singing partner, malia). Yet another landmark is his recording of "the star spangled banner", the first time he ever recorded a song solo (at age 11). His earliest recording, "sunday morning bells", recorded in 1989, is also included as a bonus track. Other bonus tracks are a nick only, solo version of "hard to get" & another dye song written for & performed by malia, nick's singing partner during 1992 & 1993. The remaining selections run the gamut from pop standards to the patriotic: "love is a wonderful thing," "more today than yesterday," "rhythm of my heart," "runaround sue," "lights," "breaking up is hard to do," "jailhouse rock," "god bless the u.s.a.," "uptown girl," "rockin' around the christmas tree" & a medley of "just a gigolo""i ain't got nobody." for nick carter & his fans, where it all began can be heard on nick carter: before the backstreet boys 1989-1993.