Written by : Chris Libby

Howie D is Who He is Meant to Be

Backstreet Boy releases solo family-friendly album that promotes confidence and resilience.

Howie’s family includes himself, his wife Leigh Boniello, and their sons James (age 10) and Holden (age 6).

Backstreet Boy releases solo family-friendly album that promotes confidence and resilience.

Backstreet Boy Howie D has been connecting with people through music all over the world for more than two decades. In what he considers a gift, the ability to make people happy with his voice makes him happy. While raising his first child, James, he noticed he found it difficult to make that musical connection with his son. Like most challenges in his life, he wanted to figure out a solution.

On July 12, Howie’s solo family-friendly album Who Am I? will be released. “There was not much out there that we could both relate to,” he says. “I created this album for parents to enjoy with their kids.”

The subject matter on the album speaks to the different challenges Howie faced when he was a kid. Songs such as “The Me I'm Meant To Be” and “No Hablo Espanol,” speak to self-confidence and bullying issues kids deal with today as well as overcoming obstacles to help them find their true selves. Howie is planning on transforming the album into a live-action musical at the Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska by January 2020.

Who has taught you the most about happiness?

I would probably have to give my amazing wife, Leigh, the credit. When I met her, she helped me to focus on positive energy and putting positivity out in the universe. She helped me learn to not dwell on the past or worry about the future. Instead, just live in the moment.

How to you like to make others happy?

I’ve noticed, through music, we’ve been able to bring joy to many people’s lives. Being blessed with a voice to makes people happy is a gift from God.

What do you do to pay it forward?

I work 365 days a year. I am kind to everyone I meet. I always treat people with respect and believe in the motto, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

What is the kindest act someone has ever done for you?

My wife, Leigh, giving me the gift of my two amazing children.

What are you passionate about?

My music, my family and living in the moment.

When is the last time you laughed outload?

I am always laughing and having a good time. I always get a kick out of when my sons play practical jokes on each other.

What is your “go to” book, movie or TV show to boost your mood?

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or The Outsiders.

Where is your happy place?

At home with my kids and family … or on vacation!
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