A dozen years since his last album and 14 since his last big hit, "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)," Aaron Carter has a clear view of what he wants -- and needs -- to do right now.
"My goals are to rebuild my career and rebuild my relationship with my fans," says Carter, 26, the younger brother of Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter and a onetime teen pop idol himself who fell victim to changing trends, management problems, romantic issues (including overlapping relationships with Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan, a 2008 arrest for possession of marijuana and a 2011 stint in the Betty Ford Center.
"I think at this point in my life I should know where I'm going and what I need to do," Carter continues. "I want to start doing bigger concerts and bigger shows around the world and going to different countries.
"It's been great just getting up on my feet again. It's like starting over, almost. I've got a lot of work ahead of me, I know that."
Carter -- who was also a fifth-place finisher on "Dancing With the Stars" in 2009 and appeared in a Broadway revival of "The Fantasticks" -- has certainly dived into that work. He's been touring regularly during the past couple of years and has released some new singles, including this year's "Ooh Wee." He's currently looking for a label deal for an EP of "rhythmic" pop songs "to get warmed up and get me back out there," and he says another TV project may be in the works.
"I feel very positive," Carter says, "and (the music) I'm doing definitely shows some significant growth. I can see that in myself; where I came from three years ago to today is a big difference."
Wednesday, Oct. 22. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.
Tickets are $25
Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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