Singer/songwriter AJ McLean, best known for his stint as one of the Backstreet Boys, is making a move with his solo career. If his actions are any indication, that move could be toward country music.
The 40-year-old singer signed up for a membership with the Country Music Association while in Nashville on Wednesday (Feb. 2). There has been no confirmation yet, but the pop singer could be giving us a sign. Will he be trying his hand at a solo country career?
“I’m kind of a chameleon,” AJ says.
If you recall, the Florida native does have ties to the country music world. In 2017 the Backstreet Boys teamed up with country duo Florida Georgia Line for the hit single “God, Your Mama, and Me,” which is featured on FGL’s Dig Your Roots album.
Additionally, AJ has scored some country cred while performing said tune at the 2017 ACM Awards. The father of two has also performed with FGL while appearing on CMT’s Crossroads and made several appearances during FGL’s Smooth Tour. Sign him up.
A recent press release on the singer touts his ability to be many things. “There’s the AJ McLean you think you know: the trendsetter and member of one of the most successful groups of all time. Then there’s the real AJ McLean, the ultimate trendsetter and a raw singer/songwriter. You’ve seen him in the front row at New York Fashion Week, you’ve seen him on stage, on the small screen and even on the big screen and now you’re going to see him at his best.”
The former boy band member could be taking a page from his N’Sync counterpart, Justin Timberlake. Justin has recently been dabbling in country music since his performance on his CMA’s with Christ Stapleton. It seems like AJ is testing out the country music water and that water is feeling pretty warm.
Move over Justin, Backstreet’s back.