Musical collaborations dominated Billboardcountry music charts over the past year. Now singer-songwriter and Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter throws his hat into the ring with “Easy,” his own pop-country collaboration alongside country hitmaker and new CMA title artist of the year Jimmie Allen.
“I grew up listening to all kinds of music, including country music,” Carter says Billboard. “With the direction he’s headed and the way he crosses boundaries and boundaries, Jimmie was someone I listened to and love his music.”
Last year, Carter was in Las Vegas working on the track with producer Vic “BillboardKiller” Martin, when Carter mentioned he was a fan of Allen’s music and would like to work on a song together. . “Indeed, Vic was like, ‘I’m good friends with Jimmie.’ I FaceTimed with Jimmie and we share a lot in common, we’re musicians, artists, dads, he’s a fan of the Backstreet Boys and I’m a fan of his music.
Allen joined Carter at Studio A Las Vegas in October 2021 to write and record the song, collaborating with Martin, Edward Martin, Jacob Feingold and Vincent Venditto.
“I had the idea for the title for ‘Easy’,” Carter says. “I thought about what I do when I’m not on the road, just being home, being a father and a husband, cooking breakfast for the children in the morning and taking them to school. C t was another thing that Jimmie and I talked about when we first met. He was talking about how he has a new baby and he’s traveling with them on the road. We love our kids and our wives and being musicians.
Allen and Carter’s respective families each welcomed new babies in 2021. In April, Carter and his wife Lauren welcomed their third child, daughter Pearl, who joins the couple’s two oldest children, Odin and Saoirse. In October, Allen and his wife Alexis welcomed their second child (and Allen’s third), Zara James.
Of course, Carter is no stranger to country music or Music City.
In 2017, the Backstreet Boys and duo Florida Georgia Line teamed up for the song “God, Your Mama, and Me”, which went to No. 1 Billboard Country Airplay hit. That same year, they joined forces on stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards for a rendition of the classic Backstreet Boys hit “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”. AJ McLean, a member of Carter’s Backstreet Boys, made his own foray into the country with a pair of pop-country singles in 2018 and 2019.
Carter also lived in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville, for eight years. “I love Nashville and would love to have a home there again,” he said. Billboard.
Meanwhile, Allen is one of the pioneers of country music. In addition to winning the Country Music Association’s 2021 New Artist of the Year award, he’s up for a Grammy in the Best New Artist All Genre category at this year’s ceremony. Allen is also one of the most collaborative artists in the format, welcoming artists such as Nelly, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Monica and many more to his betty james EP and its following GOLD Edition. He also recently collaborated with Elton John on “Beauty in the Bones”, featured on John’s The confinement sessions.
“I’ve been a long time Nick Carter fan, and it’s an honor to be able to do a song with him and call him a friend and a brother,” Allen said. Billboard.
“One thing that’s beautiful about the country world is that right now it’s still where honest music is at,” Carter says. “Every music has its own place, but you can hear great true stories in country music.”
Allen and Carter recently reunited to film parts of the music video for “Easy” in the vicinity of El Dorado Dry Lake near Las Vegas. “We had an epic wide shot of the two of us playing and put the trucks in the background – we’re both Ford guys,” Carter comments.
They are also both former Dancing with the stars. Carter earned a second-place finish in 2015, and their “Easy” collaboration came together as Allen competed on Dancing with the stars Last year.
“He’s so talented and a great person,” Carter said of Allen. “The most important part of this show is that you just wear your heart on your sleeve. ‘Show who you are as a human and embrace the dance’ was the only advice I gave him. But he is so talented and a great artist, so I didn’t have to say too much.
In addition to releasing “Easy,” Carter is gearing up to hit the road again with his Backstreet Boys bandmates for their first full-fledged tour in two years. This summer, Carter and his Backstreet Boys teammates McLean, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough will embark on their DNA World Tour, which was previously postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The DNA Tour might look a little different for Carter, as he and his wife juggle touring and parenthood.
“With Pearl, I wasn’t on the road at all, so it was a blessing to be able to be home, and Saoirse is only two years old. I have a bit of anxiety because for me, school and stability for my son and my children is very important, so I’m like, ‘Do I take them on the road when we start in June for the summer?’ I’ve seen a lot of other guys in the band bring their families Brian and Kevin would basically homeschool their kids It’s a balance and I have to figure out what it’s gonna be because it all depends on what what’s best for the kids. At the same time, I’m very grateful that I can still be an artist and be on the road.
Although Carter has released three solo albums, in addition to a collaborative effort with New Kids on the Block frontman Jordan Knight, he says his work with the Backstreet Boys has always been a priority.
“I’m grateful for the success of the Backstreet Boys, all the No. 1 albums, records, tours,” he says. “As a solo artist, I’ve never had much success, and that’s fine with me. I had fun with it, I released music, but I was still doing stuff with the Backstreet Boys.
Still, he says more solo music could be on the way, if it resonates with fans. “If people like the song and want more, I’d probably start recording more similar music. The current plan is a streaming release and social promotion for the song. But people are finding out for themselves, it’s that’s what’s exciting. At the end of the day, I have no expectations. It’s a great song and I’ve become great friends with Jimmie and I love his music.