A first Christmas album in a three-decade career and an acoustic album evocation of their greatest hits (“a surprise coming up for our 30And career anniversary next year, who knows?” Brian suggested to the Tree trunk): this is what fills the intense days of the five members of the Backstreet Boys. Were in Montreal today.
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Ask if Quebec has a special place in the hearts of Backstreet Boys members, and Kevin Richardson will tell you that between a Tuesday in Detroit and a Thursday in New York, he couldn’t help but take the opportunity to come say hello, too. in the wind.
“Quebec is a very special place for us,” the 51-year-old singer explained to the Tree trunk. It was the first place in North America that gave the Backstreet Boys love and we’ve never forgotten it.”
“We have a lot of great memories here,” Brian Littrell added, eyes teary.
It must be said that several collaborators, with whom the group has worked since its inception, are in Montreal.
A first Christmas album
It’s the promotion of their first Christmas album, in nearly 30 years of career, which Brian, Kevin, AJ, Nick and Howie are currently doing. A project that the group that has amassed number 1 songs over time has wanted to complete for some time now and will have asked for… an enforced break that came with a global pandemic to give them the time they need to deal with it.
“We recorded the album A very hidden Christmas in July and August in Los Angeles, laughs Brian. We put up the Christmas decorations, the fireplace on the TV and the Christmas tree in the studio, but we were in shorts and sandals! But hey, you try to be in the moment, to create this atmosphere and this specific emotion for Christmas and you try. Then, now that we’re all dads, our Christmases have a new meaning. We wanted it to be BSB quality, because we want this album to live forever.”
This album produced by Tommy Brown, consists of 15 songs, including three original songs, bringing the number of original Christmas songs recorded by the group in their career to five; with Christmas time in 1996 and It’s Christmas again in 2012.
How did the members agree on which Christmas classics would be included on the album? “We all created our own Wishlistwe compiled the points for each song and the most popular won,” explains Kevin, who insisted on the songs I’ll be home for Christmas And holy night are part of the final selection.
For Brian, Same old Lang Syne And silent night were some of his favorite Christmas songs. He also particularly likes it Christmas in New York“because it’s a wonderful original piece and an instant classic.”
For the story, the song Christmas in New York it had been shelved by none other than singer Tony Bennett for a future Christmas album. “But when I heard that, I just said I’d just play the kids,” says Kevin.
The group, which has amassed worldwide sales of more than 130 million albums, is already aiming to tour this holiday album during the holiday season in the coming years. “We’d like to bring these songs live, to small theaters and intimate venues in New York, Toronto, Quebec and Montreal.”
Proud to still be here
the group of guys who is continuing his World Tour DNA and who is preparing to celebrate his 30-year career next year, has reason to be proud of always being followed and loved by his many loyal admirers.
What are great friends most proud of? “To live this adventure together,” Brian replies. 30 years ago, we wanted to have this career and we said we would stay and go through this together and be proud of our accomplishments together. This is what we did! I’m also proud of the relationship we have now, which is even stronger than before. For making music we’re proud of and still love.”
While they don’t deny that they’ve had a few fights over the years (“Obviously, we’re from the same family!” Kevin says), they say they’ve always enjoyed working and growing up together.
“I think we’re still here because we care about people,” Kevin explains, adding that he always feels like a 25-year-old when he’s on stage. When we do something, we put our whole heart and soul into it. If you don’t work for what you have, I don’t think you deserve to be successful. That’s what I’ve always been taught. If you put your heart and all your soul into it, this is what you will get.”
“We have become a part of many people’s lives at some point in their lives and we have become a kind of soundtrack to their lives, or at least to that moment in their life that brings back good memories. Music that transcends space and time is awesome!”
- The scrapbook A very hidden Christmas by the Backstreet Boys can be found on the platforms.