AJ McLean Shares Soulful Cover of Chris Stapleton's "Drunkard's Prayer"

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AJ McLean is going country.

The Backstreet Boys member showed off his soulful Americana side with a recent cover of Chris Stapleton's alcoholic hymnal "Drunkard's Prayer" off his 2017 album From A Room: Volume 2.

"I wish that I could go to church but I'm too ashamed of me/ I hate the fact it takes a bottle to get me on my knees/ And I hope he'll forgive the things you ain't forgot/ When I get drunk, and talk to God," the 40-year-old sings with conviction, showing off his range and grit during the song's bridge, and even adding a harmonica solo. 

"Been performing this one lately and wanted to share with all of you guys," McLean wrote in the video's YouTube description. "Such an incredible song from Chris Stapleton."

Watch the passionate performance below.

This isn't the singer's first foray into country music. BSB partnered with Georgia Florida Line for "God, Your Mama and Me" last year, and McLean admits he's been working on a solo project that's inspired by the "Nashville sound."

"Out of all genres, country is probably now one of my favorites. It's all about telling a story; every song is so relatable to anyone, but my goal is a little different," he explained to Entertainment Tonight on the ACM Awards red carpet back in April. "I want to come in and I want to disrupt country. I want to shift. I want to shake things up just like FGL did. So you guys are in for a treat."

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