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Jeffrey Brandon Timmons
While other members of successful bands look to their major record labels to support their solo careers, (Justin Timberlake, Nick Lachey and Nick Carter) Jeff Timmons, founding member of the multi-platinum selling group 98 DEGREES, is about to embark on his first solo venture apart from the famous foursome without label assistance. Timmons' new solo CD, "Whisper That Way," will be supported by a nationwide tour, cyber-promotional campaign and a lot of miles across the country in a 35-foot Winnebago - without a major record label.
Recently, Jeff took a moment to answer ChicagoPride’s Twenty-One Questions.
CP: Date of Birth & Birth Sign
JEFF: 4/30/73, Taurus
CP: What do you miss most when you travel?
JEFF: I miss my family and friends the most when I travel.
CP: How would you describe your gay fans?
JEFF: Just as awesome and as respectful as my straight fans
CP: What was your favorite book or toy when you were a kid?
JEFF: My favorite book was "The Alchemist," by Paulo Coehlo
CP: What is your "I'm turned on button" (neck, ears, nipples, etc..)
JEFF: Believe it or not a sense of humor turns me on more than the 10 or more errogenous zones I already have.
CP: Describe your ideal mate
JEFF: My Ideal mate has a great sense of humor, nice smile, and is a big career supporter.
CP: What is sexy?
JEFF: Sexy is a state of mind, not appearance.
CP: boxers? briefs? both? neither?
JEFF: Boxers for sure.
CP: Your autobiography would be called...
JEFF: Jeff Timmons...The guy next door that made it big.
CP: What is something in your home that would make a stranger think you were gay?
JEFF: Nothing...I'm definately the average midwestern guy...ask my (openly gay) manager Michael.
CP: What is something that might make a stranger think you were straight?
JEFF: Disorganization, clothes on the floor unfolded, etc, etc, etc.
CP: Would you ever eat something that Jessica Simpson cooked?
JEFF: I'm not sure.
CP: What is your greatest regret?
JEFF: I have done some things I wish I wouldn't have, but have absolutely no regrets.
The experiences help mold the person.
CP: What is your indulgence?
JEFF: My indulgence is music and maybe a little ice cream.
CP: What are you superstitious about?
JEFF: Superstitious about many things, numbers, dates, etc.
CP: What was high school like for you?
JEFF: High school was cool, but I never fit in with one click because I tried to do so many different things, sports, theatre, choir, speech.
So I was in a Schizophrenic click, which at the time sucked, but makes me happy now.
CP: How do you spend your free time?
JEFF: Every minute with my two children.
CP: What fictional character do you most identify with?
JEFF: I guess any characther in a book that is the underdog who overachieves.
CP: Who would play you if your life story were a made for TV movie and why?
JEFF: I would like to play myself, because I don't think there is an acotr crazy enough to get it right.
CP: What was your worst fashion mistake?
JEFF: Wearing plaid boxers with an all black gucci outfit to the MTV Video Music Awards. The "Queer Eye" guys loved the outfit but, when they got a glimpse of the waistband of my boxers they called me on it.
CP: Who looks better naked - Brittney or Justin?
CP: What’s your favorite song on your new album and why?
JEFF: Aside from the songs about my children, Rainbow is my favorite because it a has a soulful retro feel.