By Annie Reuter
In the 12 years since former *NSYNCer Lance Bass last released music, he’s acted, produced and uh, unsuccessfully tried to go to space. Today he returns not with another squashed hope of intergalactic travel, but rather, a new song featuring Snoop Dogg and others.
Attributed to Anise K and Lance Bass featuring Snoop and Bella Blue, the club-friendly track “Walking on Air” made its way on iTunes today. (And no, it’s not a cover of the Katy Perry song.) Listen below.
In an interview with E!, Bass admitted that he’s been listening to demos for years but was uncertain if he’d ever make music again.
“For the last two years I’ve been listening to demos, just trying to figure out if I want to get back in the studio,” Bass said. “I hadn’t heard anything that resonated with me. But a couple of months ago, a track from Anise K landed in my lap from a friend of mine and he was like, ‘I think this will be your first song.'”
“Walking on Air” has proven to be a hit for Australian artist/producer/songwriter Anise K, who released the track in Europe last year sans Bass; it went to No. 1 in Greece.
While Bass has no immediate plans to release more music, the acting and directing stage is one place he doesn’t shy away from. Since *NSYNC went on an extended hiatus in 2002, the singer has had various TV and film roles including Zoolander, Cursed, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and Tropic Thunder, as well as on Broadway where he had the role of Corny Collins in Hairspray. (Of course, the band made its all-too-brief reunion at the VMAs this year.)
Bass, who is openly gay, is the executive producer of a documentary, Kidnapped For Christ, which shines a light on a school in the Dominican Republic that uses abusive methods to try to change gay teens straight.