A Labor of Love! Go Behind the Scenes of AJ McLean's 'Night Visions' Music Video
The Vision Behind "Night Visions"
"Night Visions" — the lead single from Backstreet Boy AJ McLean's upcoming country-influenced solo album — is "all about love, the good and the bad." The song features intimate lyrics, gentle guitar tones and soft piano melodies to capture the passion.
An Ambition for Directing
"It's been a very therapeutic process to relive certain painful things in the songwriting, but at the same time it's been so much fun," McLean says about making the music video, which marks his directorial debut.
Good Friends, Good Times
Game Night actress Natasha Hall plays McLean's wife in the music video.
In the video, McLean's on-screen wife visits him in prison after he was arrested for taking the fall after she shot a man dead while he was attacking her as she was getting into her car after leaving work.
Partners in Crime
McLean poses with his fellow prison inmate, played by professional boxer Hasim Rahman.
Deep in Thought
"Making this album has been such a journey for me," he says. "It’s been a very therapeutic process to relive certain painful things in the songwriting, but at the same time it's been so much fun."
Plotting the Perfect Production
"I’ve always played a role in planning my videos, but this one was different," McLean tells PEOPLE (pictured sitting at the interrogation table being questioned by a detective played by actor Josh Hoffman). "I teamed up with longtime friend and video director Rene Elizondo Jr. and we co-directed 'Night Visions.'"
All You Need Is Love
"I related immediately to the storyline, and the idea that there's no limit to what we'll do for the ones we love," he tells PEOPLE.
Everybody, Rock Your Body
"I just wanted to give people something that they can connect to — real stories they can relate to their own lives — but also give them something fun to dance to, or to put on when they just want to kick back with their buddies," he says about his new solo project. "There's something there for everyone, for whatever kind of mood you're in."
McLean has night visions of a special evening he spent with his wife before being admitted to prison for a crime he did not commit.
And Then There Were Three
McLean tries to pour his on-screen wife, played by Hall, a glass of whiskey, before she signals she doesn't want any because of some big news she's about to reveal.
While canoodling in bed, McLean's wife reveals she is expecting a baby.
A Family Affair
"This video was a true labor of love for me and I’m incredibly proud of it, I hope everyone loves it as much as we enjoyed making it," McLean tells PEOPLE exclusively about including his real-life 5-year-old daughter, Ava, in the video.