The Backstreet Boy has released a new song, promoting change and unity

By Christina Dugan
May 12, 2015 12:55 PM

A.J. McLean‘s new song is officially on repeat.

The Backstreet Boys member has released “Live Together,” a new song that features longtime friend and music producer Jordan Omley.

“The inspiration [for] ‘Live Together’ came from all of the sadness I was feeling about the horrible things happening in the world and about how important it is for us all to come together to make change,” McLean, 37, tells PEOPLE exclusively.

“I wanted to try to do something small that could become something bigger, and for me that’s always happened through music.”


Not only have McLean and Omley collaborated on music; they have come together philanthropically, too. In 2014, the duo created the Live Together Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for individuals who may need it.

According to the Live Together mission statement, McLean and Omley are “committed to creating something that could stretch across the world, something that could inspire people to get involved, something that stood for the most simple and pure ideal: helping people.”

Though they admit that it sounds cliché, the two artists are completely committed to making a change.

” ‘Live Together’ was my reaction to all the bad things we keep hearing about, the hate, discrimination and violence, but it also inspired the Live Together Foundation that is 100 percent for the people, by the people and has so much potential to do great things,” McLean explains.

In fact, the very first fundraiser for the nonprofit was held around the video shoot for “Live Together.” The proceeds from that shoot, as well as an additional donation from McLean, were used to replace instruments that were stolen from Marshall Fundamental High School in Pasadena, California. The students’ music room also received a complete makeover.

Adds McLean, “I’m excited to finally be sharing this song.”