'Give Glory Where Glory is Due'
Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell talks about his solo album, his faith, and why he almost left the music business behind.
If you've listened to a pop-music station anytime over the past decade, chances are you've heard a song by the Backstreet Boys. With such hits as "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," and "I Want It That Way," the quintet is known for its success in combining bubblegum pop, romantic ballads, and cool dance moves--and for making preteen girls swoon. Now, one of the Boys, Brian Littrell, wants to take his talent in another direction--toward God. His debut solo album, "Welcome Home," which hit stores a few weeks ago, is full of the kind of "pop positive" music he's wanted to record for a long time—traditional gospel, inspirational, and Christian Contemporary music. He recently spoke with Beliefnet about being public with his faith, what drove him to almost quit the music business, and why being happy "doesn't sell."
Listen to Brian Littrell:
How do you plan on balancing your career as a member of the Backstreet Boys with your career as a solo artist?
I'm going to be busy. But I really think that's why God has given me the platform to touch so many people's lives through the Backstreet Boys and also to be able to talk about my faith. I will make myself available to anything and everything that I could possibly do to further both careers. And the guys, the other four Backstreet members, I tell them all the time, "I'm a Backstreet Boy first." [Being] a solo artist has come second fiddle for quite some time--other than now. I really think God is planning on rearranging things for me to be able to do both, and I look forward to the challenge. It's going to be tough, but at the same time, I can't go anywhere as a solo artist [without being] a Backstreet Boy. I'll always be a Backstreet Boy.
Interview by Dena Ross
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