Brian Thomas Littrell (born February 20, 1975) is an American musician and member and the lead singer of the Backstreet Boys.
The Backstreet Boys began to gain fame in 1995; by 1998, the group had teenaged female fans around the world. However, Littrell was soon faced with a serious problem because of his congenital heart problem, which nearly took his life at age five, had caused his heart to grow dangerously large. He was sent in and out of hospital through childhood. Doctors decided in May of that year to correct his problem by performing open heart surgery. His heart was enlarging due to the hole. Littrell was forced to cancel some concert tour dates as the doctors had warned him that if he kept on delaying the surgery, he would slowly kill himself.
After their success of the late 1990s, the Backstreet Boys went on a hiatus. Littrell, meanwhile, became committed to a number of other show business activities, most of them for charity. He joined other celebrities in a yearly NBA tour where he plays basketball in every NBA city before a game. Aside from that, he has also played charity baseball games and remains highly active in the charity he founded, the Brian Littrell Healthy Heart Club for Kids. In 2000, he won the Teen People's 25 Hottest People Under 25, tying with Justin Timberlake.
The Backstreet Boys reunited in 2004 to start recording their new album, Never Gone. It was released in 2005, with their first single "Incomplete." The album "Never Gone" debuted at #1 in various countries and the single "Incomplete" became the Backstreet Boys' first #1 in Australia's ARIA chart. "Never Gone" was quickly certified platinum in the US and selling over 3 million copies worldwide.
Brian's first solo album, Welcome Home (You) was released on May 2, 2006, which like the Backstreet Boys projects, is a Sony BMG release. The album, peaking at #74 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the Christian Charts, currently has sold over 75,000 copies. The single "Welcome Home (You)" reaches #2 on the US Christian Charts and #1 on Reach FM's Top 40 chart and the R&R Christian Inspirational chart staying there for 3 weeks.
Welcome Home (2006)
The tracklist of Welcome Home is: