LIME September issue
HEAVEN ON EARTH
Backstreet Boys' BRIAN LITTRELL wants to take his solo music career in another direction - towards God.
By IYLIA SUHAINA
Backstreet Boys had a four-year long break. Why only now did you decide to release your first solo album, Welcome Home?
BRIAN LITTRELL: My album was supposed to come out just before BSB'S Never Gone. But all the work we've put into Never Gone took up a lot of my time. I've been working on my solo record for the past three years and it's something that i just had to do.
Are the rest of the guys supportive of your solo career?
They are! I spoke to AJ the day my album came out here in USA, and he was like, 'Hey man, today's your big day. I'm gonna go to the record store and buy it!' And he actually did go to the record store to get it!
What inspired the music for the album?
You'll find a lot of different elements in Welcome Home. There's pop-rock, strictly pop, inspirational, traditional gospel and contemporary Christian. The music that's on the album is a reflection of me. It's something that inspires people and makes them think.
Your song, 'Wish', expresses your desire to meet Jesus face-to-face. If you could meet him and ask one question, what would it be?
That's a good question. I'd ask, 'Why me? Why would you think so much of me to bless me with this life you've blessed me with?'
You have a successful music career spanning more than 10 years, you're happily married and you have a son, Baylee. Aren't you one of the luckiest people on earth?
I am! (Laughs) My job, to be in the music biz, is something I'm very passionate about. My wife and I have a wonderful relationship. She's an amazing mother, woman and wife. And i love my little Baylee! My life is exactly the way I would imagine it to be.
Does Baylee know that his dad's a Backstreet Boy?
He does! He came to one of my solo shows in Ohio, and while on the plane he asked my wife, "Mommy, is daddy gonna be with the Backstreet Boys?' He thought that I was touring with the guys. So he does know who the Backstreet Boys are, but I don't think he knows how massive the band is.
Yeah, he'll know it when he grows older. He'll probably go like 'Whoa! My dad's a rock star!'
Then I'll expect all these little girls to start calling him just 'cos he's related to someone famous. Oh well, I guess I'll worry about that later on in life!
How different is it performing alone, compared to being with the band?
I play a lot of acoustic guitars in my solo shows so I'm a little busier on-stage. And there's not a whole lot of dancing in my shows. (Laughs) The crowds are smaller and the setting is more intimate, which is nice. I even do Backstreet Boys medleys in my shows. BSB is a huge part of my life, and it still is. We're going back into the studio to record a new album actually. I'm gonna spend three days recording with BSB, then I'll be flying to Canada and Japan for promos. Then it's back to California to be with the guys. It's gonna be seriously crazy!
Any last words for your fans here?
Oh man, I wanna come back as soon as I can! The guys and I had an amazing time in Singapore and Malaysia. Our fans have been nothing but gracious to us, and they've been loyal for the longest time. We're very thankful and we're looking forward to coming back soon. (Sings) Backstreet's back, alright!
Welcome Home is in stores.
What's new when it comes to spelling errors on the cover. They spelled Littrell with a missing 'T'!