This interview was conducted by Eugene Ebner
No one ever needs an excuse to jet-set to Las Vegas. It’s common for Coloradans to jump on a plane from DIA Friday at 4 p.m., spend the next 48 hours replicating The Hang Over and be at the office Monday by 9 a.m. But just in case you’re on the fence about your next trip to Sin City here’s one: Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees — “The Hardest Thing,” “I Do (Cherish You)” — will be the featured musical guest and emcee for the internationally renowned Chippendales. Timmons recently spoke with Diversity Now radio host and Out Front Colorado contributing writer Eugene Ebner.
So I understand you are going to be the featured performer and emcee at The Chippendales’ show coming up in May in Las Vegas at The Rio Hotel and Casino?
That’s right! When you think of the Chippendales, a lot of people think – and I know I did at first – of a strip show club where guys take their clothes off and girls put money in their G-strings. Well, that is not the case any more, these guys have a fully produced show, a huge multi-million dollar theatre that The Rio has built just for this show. These guys are professional dancers and singers and I am just happy to be a part of the whole mix. I am going to come in, emcee and sing a song or two with them and I will be singing some of the 98 Degree stuff and also my new stuff as well.
How exciting! Now that is May 12 through June 5?
That’s right, it’s called The Rio All Suite Hotel. I will being doing it every weekend Thursday through Saturday during that time.
Are you going to perform your new song “It Factor?”
You know we were just talking about that the other day. I just recorded that song. I have about 60 new songs that I have recorded and I am going to release 10 to 15 new songs virally for free. For me it’s to get the music out there, my goal is to have a MTV style video attached to each single released for people to share online and enjoy.
Very Cool! You know Jeff, my show is about Diversity, embracing everyone. What does diversity mean to you and how has it impacted your own life?
It has completely changed my life to be quite honest with you, and I know that this sounds like a stock answer and your show is all about that, but I have real life experience to back up that claim. I am from a very small town in Ohio, not a diverse town, so for me to come out to LA, live in New York and then travel the world with 98 Degrees, really opened up my eyes and changed my mind in regards to many cultures, races and sexual orientations. l
Listen to the entire interview with Jeff Timmons at www.diversitynowmedia.com