While Florida Georgia Line helped the Backstreet Boys garner their first country hit with “God, Your Mama and Me,” the duo also inspired one of the member’s sons to pursue a career in country music. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Brian Littrell’s son, Baylee, discusses his debut country single “Don’t Knock It,” out Nov. 30, and his decision to embrace the genre.
“My dad was working with Florida Georgia Line on their record, so I started listening to new country music for the first time — I had listened to the old stuff with my grandparents, but that was it,” Baylee tells the publication. “I started writing songs, then listened to Florida Georgia Line’s album and was like, ‘This is something I really want to do. I want to get back out there and sing!’ That record and the guys’ song with them, ‘God, Your Mama and Me,’ really sparked everything. It’s one of my favorite songs.”
While Baylee has yet to meet FGL himself, he says he looks forward to the opportunity.
“They’re awesome, super sweet, personable guys. Tyler [Hubbard] and my dad have been friends for the past two years and he’s a really cool dude,” he adds.
Both his father and Backstreet Boys member (and cousin) Kevin Richardson love country music and Baylee says they’re another reason he discovered the genre. Now he’s about to release his debut country single, “Don’t Knock” it.
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The song was written by Nashville songwriter/producer Corey Crowder. Baylee further explains that he almost didn’t get to release the song as his debut single.
“It was the first song I heard from all the demos that I fell in love with, but they said, ‘This one just went on hold for Mason Ramsey.’ So of course, when you can’t have it, you want it more!” he admits. “I was recording months later and they said ‘Don’t’ Knock It’ was available, so somehow, by the grace of God, we got the song.”
He adds, “It’s a fun, upbeat song, and it’s kind of like all my favorite songs put together. You can’t listen to it without tapping your feet. It’s one of those songs you just want to jam out to.”