A. J. McLean
McLean in Malibu in February 2008
|Birth name||Alexander James McLean|
|Also known as||A.J., Alex, Bone|
January 9, 1978 |
West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
|Genres||Pop, R&B, pop rock|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass guitar, piano, saxophone, acoustic guitar, violin, drums|
|Labels||Jive, Avex, Podwall|
|Associated acts||Backstreet Boys, NKOTBSB|
Early life 
McLean was born in West Palm Beach, Florida to Bob and Denise (née Fernandez) McLean. He is of Latino and German ancestry on his mother's side and Scottish, Irish and English on his father's side. His parents divorced when A.J. was four years old. In January 1986 at 8 years old, he acted in his first role as Little Mike in the 1986 film Truth or Dare.
In 1990, he moved to Orlando, Florida with his mother and grandparents to concentrate on his acting and singing career. In early 1990s he appeared on various Nickelodeon and Disney projects, including the Nickelodeon show GUTS, Welcome Freshmen, and a comedy series called Hi Honey, I'm Home! on which he played a character named "Skunk". Upon joining the Backstreet Boys, he along with band mates Brian Littrell and Nick Carter quit high school and completed their education with a tutor who joined them on the road.
Backstreet Boys 
McLean, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell formed the pop group Backstreet Boys in 1993. The group became very successful in late 90s-early 2000s, and as of 2012 they are recording their 8th studio album.
Solo ventures 
Johnny No Name 
McLean created a character, whom he named "Johnny NoName", to use as his alter ego. He uses it as his name when not performing with other members of the Backstreet Boys. The character has similarities to McLean; for instance, both had single mothers, and lived with their grandparents from a young age. There are also differences - Johnny has been to prison whereas McLean has not. McLean has occasionally performed in rock/metal clubs around New York as Johnny No Name. He established a foundation called the JNN Foundation to raise funds for diabetes research and other causes like keeping music programs in schools. McLean also did a nine-city tour to support VH1 Save the Music as Johnny No Name. Originally McLean's alter ego was named Johnny Suede. It shared its name with a character played by Brad Pitt and when the studio threatened to sue McLean, he changed the name to Johnny No Name.
Have It All 
In March 2008, McLean performed his first two solo shows (as himself) at the Anaheim House of Blues and The Roxy in Los Angeles. The show consisted of his solo material and a solo version of the Backstreet Boys hit, "Incomplete". The solo tour continued through Europe in May and June, in parallel to Backstreet Boys tour. While creating his solo project, McLean worked with the OneRepublic vocalist Ryan Tedder, producers Dan Muckala and Kristian Lundin, plus the former 'N Sync member, JC Chasez. On January 20, 2010, Have It All, was released in Japan. He confirmed on the Backstreet Boys cruise in December 2010 that the US version would be released on February 8, 2011.
As of June 2012, McLean is working on his 2nd solo album. He also posted two of his new songs on Socialcam on July 23, 2012, titled "Peach" and "P.L.A.R.S."
On 22 May 2013, a Finnish rapper Redrama released a single "Clouds" featuring McLean. It is currently available on iTunes Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the U.S.
Television appearances 
In April 2002, In season 2 of Static Shock (A cartoon from 2000–2004) AJ made a guest appearance on the show. The title of the episode is called "Duped". He also appeared as a contestant in the first season of the Nickelodeon game show Nickelodeon GUTS. AJ also appeared and performed with The Backstreet Boys on Arthur, Sesame Street, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and Saturday Night Live
Personal life 
McLean also suffered drug and alcohol addiction which he went to rehab for in 2001 (and again in 2002) following an intervention by bandmate Kevin Richardson. During an interview with New Zealand radio station ZM, McLean described his addictions as the hardest things he has ever had to go through, stating it is something he battles with every day. He checked into rehab for the 3rd time on January 10, 2011 citing "personal reasons" which are most likely related to his history of alcohol abuse. In preparation for the NKOTB and Backstreet Boys tour, McLean has said, "I want to be healthy and perform and sing for people at my very best and happiest." His time in rehab did not affect the tour.
McLean married Rochelle Deanna Karidis, whom he credits for helping him overcome his addiction, on December 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. The rest of the Backstreet Boys, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, and Kevin Richardson were in attendance. On November 27, 2012, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ava Jaymes McLean.
|Have It All||—||—|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2010||"Teenage Wildlife"||—||—||Have It All|
See also 
- Netter, Matt (January 1999). Backstreet Boys * Aaron Carter. New York: Pocket Books. pp. 46–47. ISBN 978-0-671-03539-6.
- IMDb: Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness (1986)
- "A.J. McLean talks about "Johnny No Name"". Canoe.ca. March 29, 2000. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- JNN Foundation - Founding Story
- "A Boy Out on His Own". LA Times. March 29, 2000. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "Transcript of A.J. McLean - Yahoo! Chat". Mar 22, 2000. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "NKOTBSB Song preview and song from 'Have It All', "Mr. A"". Youtube. December 14, 2010. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- "Static Shock" Duped (2002) - IMDb
- "Interview with Polly Gillespie on ZM". Archived from the original on December 22, 2010. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "Backstreet Boys' A.J. McLean Back In Rehab", MTV News, January 13, 2011
- "A.J. McLean Returns to Rehab—Will It Interfere With Backstreet-New Kids Tour?", E! Online, January 13, 2011
- "A.J. McLean and Rochelle Deanna Karidis to Marry", AOL Music, September 7, 2011
- "Celebrity Wedding Planner Mindy Weiss on Who’s Tying the Knot Next!", OK! Magazine, October 18, 2011
- "A.J. Mclean And Rochelle Deanna Karidis To Have ‘Craziest’ Celebrity Wedding Ever", Radar Online, September 7, 2011
- "AJ & Rochelle Have Some News!". Retrieved July 4, 2012.. YouTube. Retrieved on July 4, 2012.
- "Backstreet Boy AJ McLean's First Baby Will Be a Girl!". US Weekly. Retrieved July 5, 2012.
- "Rep Confirms: Backstreet Boys Singer AJ McLean Welcomes Baby Girl Ava!". In Touch. November 27, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2012.
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