Quick FactsName: Alexander James McLean
Birthdate: January 9th, 1978
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida
Family: Denise (mom) Bob (dad, left when AJ was 4)
Hobbies: Dancing, writing, poetry, shopping, bowling
AJ’s first acting gig was playing ‘Dopey’ in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.
AJ McLean: The Start
Raised by his mother and his grandparents, his father left him when he was four. AJ McLean endured a rocky childhood dealing with his parent's divorce, which affected him deeply, causing him to become troubled and frustrated.
At six years ago, AJ discovered his love for performing and started to pursue a career in acting, dancing and singing. His first acting gig was playing ‘Dopey’ in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. At the time he reached age eleven he had done twelve plays.
By the age thirteen, AJ landed a lead role in 'Hi Honey, I’m Home!' playing 'Skunk'. The television show lasted for only one season. Graduating from Denn John Middle School, he than tried out for Star Search, in which he failed to even get a callback. AJ's hopes began to fall, but in 1992 moved to Orlando and everything turned around. March was when AJ found an ad in the paper seeking men between the ages of 12-18 for a vocal group. He was the first to sign and the rest is history.
AJ McLean: Backstreet Boys
Backstreet Boys is the self-titled international debut album. The album was released around Europe, Asia, Canada and in a few other markets. It was a success, becoming one of the biggest debut albums ever and contains a number of the band's most memorable singles. All of those singles were later released on the second self-titled debut in the United States in 1997, which compiled songs from this album, and the band's second international release, Backstreet's Back.
Their third album Millennium broke record sales with an astounding 1 million copies in its first week of release in the summer of 1999. By their fourth album, Black and Blue, the boys had to stop half way through their tour, due to AJ’s health.
AJ had deep depression, his best friend became a bottle of Jack Daniels and he smoked pot (and much more). It wasn't until Kevin knocked some sense into him, that he got help. Kevin would scream at AJ and knock down his door. AJ checked himself into rehab in Arizona. He relapsed and started all over again and is now sober since 4 years. His anniversary is Oct. 23 every year, if he does not relaps.
AJ McLean: Recap
More than 16 years as past since Backstreet Boys exploded to stardom and are still selling out contracts world wide.
They rose to fame with their debut album, Backstreet Boys (1996). The following album, Backstreet's Back (1997) continued the group's success worldwide. They rose to superstardom with their album Millennium (1999) and its follow-up album, Black & Blue (2000). After a three-year hiatus, the band regrouped and have since released three albums: Never Gone (2005), Unbreakable (2007) and This Is Us (2009).
AJ McLean: Solo