The stigma of leaving a band first can follow you around for a lifetime. Jonathan Knight knows this all too well. Despite the unfair “traitor” tag, Knight has bounced back and done exceedingly well for himself. He eventually sought treatment for his anxiety disorder which considerably helped. Knight also found his feet outside the music industry in real estate.
He’s been renovating old homes for over 25 years. So, he’s still creating magic but in a different setting. Catch him in action on his own home renovation show on HGTV.
Wahlberg Is Still as Memorable
No longer new or a kid, Wahlberg’s evolution through the years has us stumped. Wahlberg today epitomizes successfully committing to the moment. Remember him in “The Sixth Sense?” We’ll forgive you if you don’t because Wahlberg was virtually unrecognizable in it.
A short but hauntingly memorable appearance in the award-winning film. We mean that in the best way. As Vincent Grey, Wahlberg set the bar for acting talent. He reportedly starved himself to best portray the character’s inner distress. Scenes with Grey provided some of the film’s most haunting moments.
Jonathan Knight Then
Those who’ve followed the band know that Jonathan Knight is much more than Jordan Knight’s sibling. Like the other Kids, he had his fair share of screaming fans following him around. Still, Jonathan was one of the quieter ones, staying away from the spotlight as much as possible. Many people had no clue that he suffered from debilitating anxiety.
His time with New Kids on the Block only exacerbated the struggle. The next time someone brings up how he was the first to leave the group, hit them with these facts. Perhaps they will be more inclined to kindness.
Danny Wood Then
Words fall short when describing Danny Wood. He's a songwriter, producer, and singer. He's best known as a global sensation and one of the boys in New Kids on the Block.
Here are two other things you should know about him: Does anyone remember how virtually any New Kids’ track sounded impeccable? The world has Danny Wood to thank. When he wasn’t singing, Wood was in the studio doing engineering work. Secondly, Wood was the best dancer in the group. He pursued breakdance with a passion and even had a troupe of his own in Boston.
Danny Wood Now
Life’s changed remarkably for Danny Wood since New Kids on the Block disbanded. What hasn’t changed is how talented the man is. We think he’s only getting better with time. He also creates tremendous beauty out of despair. One of his memorable ventures is an album called “Stronger: Remember Betty” which was a tribute to his late mother. She passed after battling breast cancer.
In 2015, he released a beautiful single called “Endlessly” – once more, in his mother’s honor. Wood also started the “Remember Betty Foundation,” which supports the treatments and recovery of breast cancer patients.