The Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean is a huge fan of Chris Stapleton and shares his admiration for the country singer in a new cover. The boy band member turned country singer recently released a video of himself performing a stripped down rendition of Chris’ “Drunkard’s Prayer” where he shows off his country cred.
“Been performing this one lately and wanted to share with all of you guys. Such an incredible song @chrisstapleton,” AJ shares on social media.
In the nearly four-minute video, AJ’s soulful vocals shine on the introspective ballad. Backed by an acoustic guitar player, the stripped down track highlights AJ’s emotive take on the song. He even grabs a harmonica mid-song to put his own spin on the track.
“Drunkard’s Prayer” was penned by Chris and Jameson Clark, and is featured on his latest album, From A Room: Volume 2.
After 25 years with the Backstreet Boys and several solo projects, earlier this year AJ released his debut country single, “Back Porch Bottle Service.” The singer previously spoke with One Country, explaining his decision to try his hand at the genre.
“I want to come in and tell my story. I want to come in and not try to be something I’m not,” he explains. “Everything has happened organically, and everything is just falling into place. I’m a huge fan of good music, and country music tells stories. I want to tell my story.”
AJ has already seen success within the genre when the Backstreet Boys teamed up with Florida Georgia Line for their 2017 chart topper, “God, Your Mama and Me.” At a No. 1 party in June, AJ marveled at the song’s success. Previously, he explained that the track was the catalyst to pursuing a country career of his own.
“For it to go as high as it went, the highest it could possibly go to No. 1, blew us all away,” he says.