Ten Years Ago, Brian Littrell Released "Welcome Home"
Ten years ago, Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell released his debut Christian-market album Welcome Home on May 2nd. In conjunction with Jive Records, the Reunion Records project arrived on the heels of his No. 1 Christian radio single, Littrell's remake of "In Christ Alone," a Dove-nominated track off WOW #1s. The first single from Welcome Home was its title track.
"This has been a dream of mine since I was a little boy singing in church in Lexington, Kentucky," said Littrell, who grew up singing in various youth choirs at Port Memorial Baptist Church.
With Welcome Home, "I hope to encourage people to stand up for what they believe." Terry Hemmings, President and CEO of Provident Music Group, called Littrell's signing-three years in the making-"one of the most unique partnerships ever to happen in Christian music." Hemmings continued, "Throughout the course of making the deal I got to know Brian as a forthright, sincere person of God. This is what Brian was built to do. His enthusiasm for the record just oozes out of him."
Produced by Billy Mann (Jessica Simpson, Ricky Martin); Dan Muckala (Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore); and the production team of Mark Kibble and Dave Thomas (Take 6, Mariah Carey, CeCe Winans).Welcome Home reveals Littrell's heart and plants a stake in the ground recognizing his source of greatest hope.
A straight-ahead pop record, lyrically the project illuminates God's unequivocal love for humanity and outlines the possibilities for life when people dedicate themselves to a higher calling. "I've been writing Christian music for a long time," Littrell said, "and now I have the opportunity to share some of those songs with others. I'm a family guy making music for the family. This really is like a dream come true."
Brian Littrell is widely-known as a 13-year member of the legendary pop group Backstreet Boys. He has contributed to worldwide sales in excess of 75 million records and has amassed legions of fans around the globe. Last summer, Backstreet Boys released Never Gone, their first studio album in five years. Brian lives in Atlanta with his wife Leighanne and their three-year-old son Baylee. Littrell will continue to perform with Backstreet Boys and looks forward to sharing his solo album with fans.
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