"I look good. I feel good and not to sound conceited I sound great." AJ Mclean.
AJ Mclean, nicknamed Bone, Mr. Cool, Bone Daddy or Alex, was tossed towards the
stardom as a member of the wildly popular boyband Backstreet Boys (a.k.a. BSB).
He was best noticed for his eccentric appearance, lots of sunglasses, rings,
hats and various tattoos and haircuts.
Along with BSB’s members Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson and Howie
Dorough, AJ netted the platinum-certified albums Backstreet Boys (1996),
Millennium (1999) and Black & Blue (2000). They also spawned such hit singles as
"Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)" (1997), "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)"
(1997-1998), "All I Have to Give" (1998-1999), "I Want It That Way" (1999) and
"Shape of My Heart" (2000). More recent, after nearly five years of hiatus, AJ
and his band BSB released their fifth album, Never Gone, which spawned the debut
On a more personal note, 5' 9'' tall AJ Mclean became engaged with actress Sarah
Jo Martin (born on 5 September 1975) in 2001 but broke up in the next year. From
1998 to 2000 AJ dated actress Amanda Marie Latona.
Freaky, Funky, Romantic AJ
Childhood and Family:
Alexander James McLean, would later be famous as AJ Mclean, was born on January
9, 1978 in West Palm Beach, Florida. His parents Bob and Denise (Backstreet
Boys' tour publicist) divorced when he was a child, making him an angry and
defensive personality. AJ has an outgoing character and likes to be in the
center of interest from his early childhood. Recently, father Bob reportedly
united with McLean after long estrangement.
AJ, who described himself as a freaky, funky and romantic and won a silver medal
on the Nick sports show “Guts” in 1992, revealed his clandestine clinic for
alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety in 2001. At home, he is a pet lover and
has owns three dogs, Tank, Daisy and Serenity and a puppy that is now living
with his mother, Tobi Wan Kanobi. A huge fan of Frank Sinatra, AJ plans to
return to college and earned a degree.
Music Is Love
"You can fall down the stairs, you can fall off a tree, but the best way to fall
is in love with me!!" AJ Mclean.
A former child model, AJ Mclean stepped on stage, playing the role of dwarf
Dopey in a production of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” At age 8, he won
his big screen debut role as Little Mike in Tim Ritter’s horror Truth or Dare? -
A Critical Madness (1986, starring John Brace and Mary Fanaro). Having
accomplished handful of plays by twelve years old, AJ began learning dancing and
ballet. Meanwhile, he continued acting and later packed for Orlando in 1990 for
further acting career. In the new destination he joined an acting school,
performed in minor plays and sometimes worked as a model. He also portrayed
Sidney "Skunk" Duff (1991-1992) in the brief-lived sitcom "Hi Honey, I'm Home."
AJ joined a Latin Carnival talent competition in 1992 and met future BSB
co-member, Howie. The two competed in another talent search contest and met
another future BSB member, Nick. BSB final members Kevin Richardson and Brian
Littrell joined the band in early 1993 and under Lou Pearlman management,
Backstreet Boys was ready to launch their premiere concert on May 8 that same
Zomba/Jive spotted BSB in February 1994 and four months later, the band recorded
their debut single "We've Got It Goin' On." Despite the average success of the
song in the US singles charts, "We've Got It Goin' On” gave them the first Gold
disc in Germany. AJ and his group eventually released their self-titled debut
album in UK in September 1996, which spawned the No. 14 single "Get Down (You're
the One For Me)" (1996) and the No. 4 song "Anywhere For You" (1997).
With 8.5 million discs sold internationally, Backstreet Boys had their eyes set
on American success and released their first American album on August 30, 1997.
The self-titled album produced the singles "Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)"
(topped the US and the UK charts at No. 2), "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" (No.
4 US and No. 3 UK), "I'll Never Break Your Heart" (No. 35 US and No. 42 UK) and
"All I Have to Give" (No. 5 US and No. 2 UK). The album itself poled the US
albums charts at No. 4 and eventually nabbed 14 times platinum. By the end of
1997, AJ and his BSB pals boarded on a 60-city, 20-country tour.
Also on August 30, 1997, Backstreet Boys released their second UK (non-US)
album, Backstreet's Back. It spawned the No. 3 UK charts single "As Long As You
Love Me" and reproduced several songs from the previous album. Backstreet's Back
reached the UK albums charts at No. 2.
On June 5, 1999, AJ and his band released their sophomore worldwide album,
Millennium (UK release May 1999). It spawned the 1999 singles "I Want It That
Way" (No. 6 US, No. 1 UK) and "Larger Than Life" (No. 25 US, No. 5 UK). Another
singles followed, the 2000's "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" (No. 6 US,
No. 3 UK) and "The One" (No. 30 US, No. 8 UK). Millennium stayed on top of the
US Billboard 200 albums charts for 10 weeks and hit the UK albums chart at No.
2. It eventually received 13 times platinum.
Black & Blue, Backstreet Boys third American album, hit the music stores on
December 9, 2000. It produced the 2000 single "Shape of My Heart" (No. 9 US, No.
4 UK), and the 2001 songs "The Call" (No. 56 US, No. 8 UK) and "More Than That"
(No. 27 US, No. 12 UK). Black & Blue sold 1.6 million copies in its first week
and peaked the US Billboard 200 albums charts at No. 1 for two weeks (only
charted at No. 13 in UK). It sold about 5.4 million copies in the US and finally
nabbed 8 times platinum certification.
AJ and his band release a greatest hits album, The Hits: Chapter One on November
17, 2001, which spotted the US Billboard 200 albums charts at No. 4 and scored a
platinum. They released their last single, the No. 28 US and the No. 4 UK
"Drowning." During that time, AJ appeared as a guest playing DJ Naughty in Ken
Hastings’ romantic comedy Olive Juice (2001, starring Leighanne Littrell and
"This is music for the masses. This is something that can bring people together.
They can all sit with their family and enjoy a good quality record. This is not
a record that parents feel they have to be cautious or wary of their kids
listening to or that it might be a bad influence on people. We always try to
strive on doing positive music and if you listen to what's on the radio nowadays
it's pretty much about how much money you got or how many cars you got or how
much jewelry you got or even how many times you've been shot." AJ Mclean (on
Backstreet Boys new album Never Gone).
After taking a well-deserved break for nearly five years, AJ and Backstreet Boys
came back to the music scene on March 28, 2005 with their brand new single,
“Incomplete.” The song spotted the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart at No. 13
and reached No. 8 at the UK charts. On June 14, 2005, AJ and BSB marked their
return to the pop landscape with the release of their fifth studio release,
Never Gone. The album stayed the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart at No. 3 for 7
weeks (No. 11, 2 weeks UK charts) and netted platinum so far. They also launched
the next song, "Just Want You To Know."
"Music is love, love is music, music is life, and I love my life. Thank you and
good night." AJ Mclean.
BMI Pop Awards: Pop Song: "I'll Never Break Your Heart," shared with
band Backstreet Boys, 2000
ALMA Award: Song of the Year: "I Want it that Way," shared with band
Backstreet Boys, 2000
MTV Video Music Awards: Video of the Year: "I Want it that Way," shared
with band Backstreet Boys, 1999
MTV Video Music Award: Dance Video: "Everybody," shared with band
Backstreet Boys, 1997