Jonathan Rashleigh Knight-Rodriguez is a well-known American singer, who gained popularity as a member of the boy bands New Kids on the Block. Born on November 29, 1968, he is the oldest member of the band and the first to leave it in 1994 prior to their official split.
Knight joined New Kids on the Block in 1986 and remained a member until 1994. The band achieved great success during this time, selling over 80 million records worldwide. However, Knight left the group during the tour for their 1994 album Face the Music. While the group attempted to continue the tour, they eventually revealed in a press conference a few weeks later that they were actually splitting.
In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Knight’s career and his personal life, including his recent marriage and new TV show.
Know About Jon Knight’s Partner, Harley Rodriguez
In addition to his music career, Knight is known for his personal life. He has been in a relationship with Harley Rodriguez since 2008, and the couple got engaged in 2016. They were unable to have a large wedding reception due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Knight confirmed to Etonline.com that they have tied the knot in secret.
He told: ‘It’s such a passion of mine, fixing up houses. I would post on Instagram pictures of projects I did, and fans would always ask me, “What is your other job besides the New Kids?” and I just think it’s so great to be able to showcase what I do, and people can watch.’ The couple took part in a reality show called The Amazing Race together in 2015. They got engaged a year later in 2016 when the singer-turned-TV star proposed during a holiday in Africa while away with their mothers.
Knight and Rodriguez lived in New York City together until around 2018 when they moved back to Knight’s home state of Massachusetts and into their current farmhouse, which Knight renovated himself.
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A Look Into Jon Knight’s Career
In 2008, Knight returned to show business, reuniting with the other four members of New Kids on the Block. They released their seventh album, The Block, on September 2, 2008. They also embarked on a world tour, which began in Toronto on September 18, 2008. The group’s first single from the album, “Summertime,” performed well worldwide, peaking at #9 in Canada and breaking the top 30 in the US charts (#24 as a digital download). They released “Single,” their second single from The Block, in August 2008.
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Knight is currently working on a TV show called Farmhouse Fixer, in which he indulges his passion for property renovations. Speaking to Etonline.com, he said, “It’s such a passion of mine, fixing up houses. I would post on Instagram pictures of projects I did, and fans would always ask me, ‘What is your other job besides the New Kids?’ and I just think it’s so great to be able to showcase what I do, and people can watch.” The show, which airs on HGTV, follows Knight as he renovates old farmhouses in New England.