He may only be 10-years-old, but this little star in the making has quickly become a mini-me of his Backstreet Boys dad, Howie Dorough. In 2017, Howie shared how James wanted to “be the next Backstreet Boy” as the cutie made his Hollywood debut by appearing alongside his father in the game show Big Star Little Star. “He loved it,” says the 46-year-old singer, who also has a 7-year-old son, Holden, with his wife Leigh. “He was like, ‘Can we do more shows? He loves going out to L.A.”
Since then, James has continued to expand his following with his YouTube channel, "James the Great", played a younger version of Howie in the video for his solo single, “No Hablo Espanol,” and landed a lead role in his school’s 'Madagascar' production. “If it’s something that he continues to want to do I would definitely support him,” Howie told us about James getting the showbiz bug. “If he wanted to do something different as well, I’d support him. I just want [my kids] to be happy and love what they do, like I do.”
At seven years old, Ariahuna Timmons has clearly inherited her dad’s love of the limelight. By the age of five, the daughter of 98 Degrees singer Jeff Timmons and his wife Amanda had already made her modelling debut at Style Fashion Week in Los Angeles, California – in what Jeff described as a “bittersweet” parenting moment. The opportunity arose after Ariahuna was scouted out by children’s designer, Ydamys Simo, thanks to photos posted on Amanda’s Instagram account. She has modelled for the label again since.
Additionally, Ariahuna has her dad’s singing skills, and just like Jeff, she knows how to shake her thing for a crowd – also taking part in cheerleading. “It’s amazing to see what enthusiasm and passion Ariahuna exhibits when she performs, whether it’s when she’s cheerleading, modeling, or even now singing,” Jeff tells ET Canada. “I have never pushed any of our kids toward entertainment, but she just has it in her blood. I want her to have fun doing whatever she loves to do.”
Jeff’s older daughter, Alyssa, made her New York Fashion Week runway debut in 2017.
Having grown up on the road and opened for the Backstreet Boys by singing Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey covers before he even reached his teens, Brian Littrell’s son Baylee says he always saw singing as more of a fun “release,” not seriously considering music as a career until he discovered the country scene (partly thanks to the Backstreet Boys collaborating with country duo Florida Georgia Line on their 2017 song “God, Your Mama and Me”.)
Since then Baylee, 17, has launched his own career, dropping his debut country record, 770-Country, and opening for the Backstreet Boys’ on their latest DNA World Tour. As he carves out his own career, the teen has learned it’s not as easy to make it in the music industry as it once seemed. “I didn’t realize how difficult it was,” he told ET Canada. “Growing up, my dad was a superstar and I was like, ‘Wow, dad just blew up.’ I didn’t know about the 10 years before of working so hard just to get to where he is today. I just knew going out on the road with him was like vacation.”
These days, the family still hit the road together, with Leighanne now getting to watch both of her beloved boys perform their original songs on stage.
“My mom has been incredible support system and my dad’s been an amazing teacher,” Baylee says.
The 25-year-old daughter of Cuban-American music superstars, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, has been making her own way into the industry in recent years. Graduating from Berklee College of Music, the multi-talented musician released her debut album, 'Take Whatever You Want' in 2017. She also performed at the Kennedy Center Honors, paying tribute to her mom with the track “Reach".
Meanwhile, the couple’s son, Nayib Estefan, 39, is also reportedly pursuing showbiz, studying film in Los Angeles and also working as a DJ.
Her dad may have been busting his moves in front of audiences around the world since the age of 14, but Ava McLean is getting started even younger. The seven-year-old daughter of Backstreet Boy AJ McLean and his wife, Rochelle, has entered the world of ballet and AJ is along for the ride – joining her at her recent dance convention and competition, 24 Seven Anaheim. And, not only did AJ introduce his little girl to one of her dance idols, Twitch, he then got up on stage to help him lead a class – earning even more cool dad points. With Los Angeles in lockdown, Ava has been doing her dance classes via Zoom and has a dance studio in the family’s garage to practice. The young creative has even dabbled in songwriting.
"Ava, just like her daddy, loves to dance, sing and make music,” AJ tells ET Canada. “I've been so proud watching her develop so creatively and express herself in this way." AJ also has a 3-year-old daughter, Lyric, who takes dance.
While Joey McIntrye’s 12-year-old son is no stranger to Blockheads, having graced the stage with his dad during countless New Kids on the Block shows, the cutie is set to broaden his audience having landed a role in Netflix’s upcoming comedy, "Country Comfort". Filming in LA, the series sees Katharine McPhee play a nanny who takes on caring for the five young children of a cowboy solo dad, played by Eddie Cibrian. Joey, 47, previously starred in the CBS sitcom, "The McCarthys", and Griffin is following in his sitcom steps to play one of the five children on "Country Comfort".
“Griffin is now in Hollywood, in his own right, on a new Netflix sitcom,” McIntyre told fans during a recent Instagram Live. “Very exciting stuff. We didn’t think he would be professional this early, but the stars aligned and he is in good hands.”
Griffin (the eldest of Joey’s three children with wife Barrett) also previously appeared in Joey’s real-life inspired Pop TV series, "Return of the Mac". Like his dad (who is meanwhile preparing for his next theatre role in "The Wanderer" at The Papermill Theater in New Jersey) Griffin also knows how to command an audience on his own, belting out a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” in New York last April.
Kanye West couldn’t have looked prouder as his daughter, North West, 6, performed an impromptu rap at a Paris Fashion Week show for his label Yeezy in March. With her hair in braids and wearing a pink puffer jacket, the cutie was the center of attention as she rapped a piece inspired by child rapper ZaZa while models walked down the catwalk. “I’m so proud of my Northie!!!!!!” her mom, Kim Kardashian, tweeted afterwards. “Her 1st performance had me in tears!” North is the eldest of the couple’s four children.
Maison Thomas Eudy
Matchbox Twenty frontman and solo artist Rob Thomas says his son Maison’s interest in music was born from “nature not nurture,” and lead him to attend Berklee College of Music. Things have started to take off for the 21-year-old in recent years as he formed his own band, Hand Made House. And, Rob couldn’t be prouder!
“I’m excited about what his possible future might be, but only because he’s legitimately such a good human being and I think he understands this world and what he likes about it, so I know he’s going to make good decisions,” Rob, 48, told us. “I’m just excited every time we get new demos from him. They get better and better, and the band gets better live, so that’s an exciting thing to see as a dad. And, with his music, it’s getting really, really interesting.”
Maison has frequently rocked out with Rob on stage, including several stops on his recent Chip Tooth Smile tour. He also played on the single, “I Love It”, from Rob’s latest album. As for whether the two give each other musical advice, Rob says, “I first ask him if he really wants my input. As soon as they finished their record, he sent it to me and I gave him my notes on the songs I thought were best and some things I thought they could change. He’s pretty fast and loose with his opinion, too!”
Move over Fat Boy Slim! The “Right Now, Right Now” musician’s daughter, Nelly Cook, 10, stole the limelight over Easter, joining the increasing number of DJs streaming live sets to those self-isolating amid the coronavirus pandemic. “My name is Nelly Cook and from now on, also known as Fat Girl Slim,” the cutie said, introducing her 40-minute set, which featured cameos from her masked dad. “Today I’m going to be doing a 40-minute DJ set for you with some upbeat tunes, which will hopefully brighten up your afternoon because in lockdown and quarantine can be very, very boring.” Her EDM legend dad, whose real name is Norman Cook, then posted the video on Facebook, writing, “Nelly has watched me DJ for all of her 10 years on the planet and one day thought, ‘How hard can this be?’”
New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg’s son, Elijah, 18, worked with his pal Noah Vera to create the band’s Unwrapped documentary in 2017. The two also helped with the group’s “80s Baby” video in 2019 and continued taking footage on the boy band’s Mixtape Tour.
Donnie, 50, tells ET Canada it’s “awesome” having his son mirror his passions for film and music, and proudly notes how Elijah has worked hard to build his own relationships to bring his filmmaking ambitions to life.
“Elijah’s great because he has his own ideas and opinions and he’s in his own relationships with the New Kids and different people in the industry,” he says. “He comes on tour with me, but he built these bonds with people on his own. He had to earn the trust of my bandmates for that documentary and he did it.”
Having starred in films like The Sixth Sense, series including Blue Bloods and reality shows like Wahlburgers, as well as producing projects like Very Scary People, Donnie sees a lot of himself in Elijah.
“He’s a great musician as well so he’s very much like me – I had a lot of pots on the stove as a young man,” says Donnie, who also has a son Xavier, 26, (who’s also a musician, in a “hardcore” band) and is a doting step-dad to wife Jenny McCarthy’s 17-year-old son Evan. “I wanted to act, sing, dance, be in New Kids and when I zeroed in on what I wanted to do first, I put my energies into there and it took me where I needed to go, so that I could later bring out all the other pots. I think Elijah has that potential if he wishes to continue on his path into entertainment because he has strong opinions, great vision and is a great leader. He’s smart and hungry and finding his way.”
The legendary guitarist’s daughter Stella, in her thirties, has carved out her own name in music, most recently with her song “Tell the Truth” featuring Kamauu. She also released “Yayaya” in 2019.
“I’m really proud of her like my father is proud of me and his father was proud of him because for us it’s a way of life – it’s not a profession,” Carlos explained in 2017. “I’m also really proud because she’s living in New York and it takes a lot of courage to live in a big city like that by yourself, spread her own wings and develop her own fingerprints. She is who I am in her DNA, but I like that she’s not leaning on me. She’s like an eagle who flies out of the nest and finds her own sky.”
Max And Emme Lopez
With a musician dad and a superstar mom who wows in all aspects of showbiz, from music to movies, it’s hardly surprising that Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez’s 12-year-old twins have inherited their parents’ talent. While Emme wowed global audiences when she sang alongside her mom at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show, Max is meanwhile making an impression closer to home, having recently taken centerstage during a school production of 'The Wizard of Oz'.
Jakob And Joey Armstrong
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s son, Jakob, released his debut EP in 2015 after his work caught the attention of Burger Records, who signed him. The 21-year-old performs under the name, Jakob Danger in his band Ultra Q.
His brother, Joey, 24, is also in music, as the drummer for SWMRS who have released albums including 2019’s 'Berkeley’s on Fire'. During an interview with Beats 1, Armstrong described Jakob as a “great songwriter” and Joey as “an unbelievable drummer.”