The Backstreet Boys are already busy with their newly launched DNA tour, but Backstreet’s Howie Dorough also has a solo project coming up this summer.
On July 12th, Howie D will release his debut family album, Which One Am I?, a collection of songs that offer musical reflections of his own childhood and overcoming his insecurities to discover his true self.
Produced by Grammy nominee Tor Hyams, the songs inspired an upcoming family musical theater production, Howie D: Back in the Day, which will have its world premiere next year at the Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska.
“When I started writing these songs with Tor Hyams and veteran Broadway performer Lisa St. Lou, it became clear that together they revealed my own story,” Howie says of the inspiration and hilarity that went into writing both the album and the musical. “These songs are about a kid who conquers a myriad of his own fears and learns to accept himself for the unique person he really is.”
The album’s first single, “No Hablo Español,” was inspired by Howie’s background as the son of a Puerto Rican mother and Irish-American father. The video features Howie’s 10-year-old son James and his mom Paula. Howie makes a cameo as a guitar player.
All videos for the Which One Am I? project were shot in collaboration with Full Sail University, whose innovative programs in the arts have long been supported by Howie D.
“The goal of Which One Am I? is to remind people that no matter what they’re going through, they can emerge victorious,” says Howie D. “I especially want kids who listen to the music to come away knowing that everything that happens teaches you how to develop into the person you were meant to be.”