If you think you’d do anything for love, AJ McLean‘s new video might make you think otherwise.
The Backstreet Boy has officially launched a solo venture in country music, releasing the eerie “Night Visions” on Friday (Oct. 26). McLean stars in the powerful video for the new track, which sees him sitting behind bars. But instead of making McLean a criminal, the video — directed by the singer himself, along with longtime friend Rene Elizondo Jr. — is actually a story of a noble act of love, just one with a bittersweet outcome.
The video also stars McLean’s adorable daughter Ava, who plays his daughter in the heartbreaking clip. It’s fitting for Ava to be involved in her dad’s first video, as McLean has said that the track is all about love, whether good or bad.
“The feelings that stay even after you’ve broken up and the devastating sadness of knowing that person is still there with you in your mind and heart,” McLean explained to Entertainment Tonight. “It’s the inevitable flashes of the good and bad times that come along with that sadness and knowing that no matter what, you’d do anything for the person you love.”
Even with the Backstreet Boys back in action with their Las Vegas residency and the release of their latest hit “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” McLean has been hard at work on his own music in Nashville. Focusing on the country tendencies in his tone, McLean has worked with acclaimed songwriters such as Clint Lagerberg (Keith Urban, Blake Shelton) and Brett Tyler (Maren Morris, Chris Young), and “Night Visions” is a taste of the kind of romanticism and storytelling he’s incorporating into his solo material.
McLean’s solo project has been years in the making, and the singer told Billboard at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April that he wants to “disrupt country music” with his gritty sound and pop background. And now that “Night Visions” is out, McLean promises “We’re only getting started.”
Watch the intense “Night Visions” video below.