Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees loves the warm feelings that come with the holidays. He just wishes the sentiment was year-round.
The rest of his act—his brother, Nick, as well as Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons—agree, so they wrote “Season of Love” for their 2017 holiday album, Let It Snow.
“The song is about continuing the season of love through the holidays and beyond,” Lachey says. “It’s not just about presents. We don’t want the holidays to end and then go back to being isolated in our own world. We want to continue the warm, loving feeling of Christmas.”
The act will share those feelings with fans when it plays the Mesa Arts Center on Tuesday, December 19. Holiday songs from Let It Snow and 98 Degrees’ first seasonal album, This Christmas, will be on the setlist, as will 98 Degrees’ hits like “Because of You” and “I Do.” It has a second show scheduled at Desert Diamond Casino in Sahuarita on Friday, December 22.
“As a group, our favorite record, hands down, is (This Christmas),” Lachey says. “We’re proud of the music, the harmonies, the production. It’s a Christmas record that every year people can put on and enjoy.”
During the past 15 years, all four members have enjoyed careers outside of music. Nick Lachey, who appeared on this season of Dancing with the Stars, appeared as a TV host (VH-1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, NBC’s The Sing-Off). Drew Lachey was crowned season two winner of Dancing with the Stars and been on Broadway. Both brothers opened Lachey’s Bar. Timmons joined members of Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC for VH-1’s Mission Man Band and Nick Carter’s Sci-Fi feature, Dead Seven. Jeffre is involved in various media- and cause-related projects stemming from his foray into politics as a mayoral candidate of Cincinnati.
“I think that’s a big part of what gave us the freedom to go back to 98 Degrees; we pursued separate passions,” Lachey says. “We didn’t neglect who we were as individuals. We were able to explore those opportunities, whether it’s Broadway or dancing or producing or politics.
“We’ve been able to pursue those other passions. When we came back together as 98 Degrees, nobody felt they were missing out on anything.”
It’s that camaraderie and dedication that makes Lachey proud.
“A lot of groups run their course and never talk again,” he says. “We’ve been able to carry on a working relationship and stay close friends.”
Lachey would like to keep 98 Degrees’ fans close to the vest as well by inviting them to the act’s Christmas show. He hopes they will become a holiday tradition.
“There are so many holiday traditions that people have,” Lacey says. “They go see shows. We would like to see going to a 98 Degrees Christmas show to become part of this.”
98 Degrees, Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 19, $40-$60.
98 Degrees, Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, 520.294.7777, ddcaz.com, 8 p.m. Friday, December 22, $35-$69.50.