AJ McLean may have earned his reputation as Backstreet Boys’ bad boy because of his innate ability to buck trends, but what most people don’t realize is that he wasn’t writing trends off… AJ was creating his own. This perpetually sunglassed rock star melds seamlessly from the runway to the stage.

AJ has always been a vocal supporter of staying true to yourself and following your dreams. It’s no surprise, then, that he was chosen as one of VH1 Save The Music’s ambassadors for 2012. He’s also a vocal supporter of marriage equality and has teamed up with the Give A Damn Campaign to raise money through an auction of handwritten, signed lyrics.

Hard at work on his solo release as well as a jewelry line, AJ is gearing up for an incredible summer and fall.