AJ McLean, born January 9, 1978, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer, and model. He is a member of the vocal group the Backstreet Boys.
In March 1992, there was an ad in the newspaper seeking young men between the ages of 16-19 for an audition for a new music group. Despite being 14 years old, he auditioned for the group. By April 1992, McLean was officially the first member of the group that would become the Backstreet Boys. After 6 months at Osceola High School, he finished the remaining three years of high school through correspondence courses with a tutor on the road after joining the Backstreet Boys. McLean, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, and Kevin’s cousin Brian Littrell formed the vocal group Backstreet Boys in 1993. The group became very successful in the late 90s-early 2000s. In 2013, they celebrated their 20th anniversary and released a new album called In a World Like This. In August 2020, McLean was announced as one of the celebrities competing on season 29 of Dancing with the Stars.