Joey McIntyre, the youngest member of New Kids on the Block, joined Keith Lockhart and members of the Boston Pops to spread holiday cheer among patients and their families at Children’s Hospital Boston on Tuesday (December 20).
The father of three kids – sons Griffin, 4, Rhys, 2, and daughter Kira, 6 months – opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the “gratifying” experience, his daughter who has just started crawling, his sons who “love” having a baby sister, and the upcoming NKOTB and BSB tours: “The Comeback continues.”
CBS: Tell us about partnering with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops for a special concert at the Children’s Hospital Boston.
JM: “It is a double whammy – a privilege to sing with the Pops and more so to do it for the kids and families that can enjoy a break from the stress of being in a hospital. Meeting these kids and their parents is very grounding, but you are really lifted up by their strength and complete devotion to their children.”
CBS: What did it mean to you to spread holiday cheer among patients and their families?
JM: “It was gratifying. One patient actually had just had to miss a performance of the Pops because he wasn’t feeling well enough. And two days later there in his room were horn players from the Pops playing Christmas music for him.”
CBS: Congratulations on recently welcoming your baby girl Kira Katherine! How is she doing?
JM: “Kira is doing great. She’s basically crawling, which came after about a month of her doing ‘downward and upward dog’ yoga movements. She sees her big brothers doing so much that she is ready to get rolling with them.”
CBS: How are your sons with baby Kira?
JM: “They love her. My 2-year-old is extra sweet with her, getting into her face with big soft ‘Hiiiii!! Yah…’ He calls Kira ‘Yah.’ My 4-year-old and Kira I think are going to be quite the tandem. A fierce relationship is brewing already.”
CBS: What’s up next for you? Can we expect more tours/albums from NKOTB in the future?
JM: “NKOTB and BSB will be touring Europe and Asia and Australia in the spring and we are talking about some summer dates in the US as well. The Comeback continues.”
CBS: Do you and your fellow NKOTB bandmates get together with your families over the holidays?
JM: “We are all pretty spread out so not really, but I spent some time with Jordan as he sang a duet on my Christmas album. And spent sometime with Jon and Donnie. But to be sure, we are a ‘family’ so we check in during the holidays.”View Slideshow »»