Brian Thomas Littrell was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of Jackie (née Fox) and Harold Baker Littrell, Jr. He has an older brother Harold, and is a cousin of fellow Backstreet Boys member Kevin. Growing up, Littrell played in both Little League and the Babe Ruth League. He first started to sing in the choir of Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, and later started singing in his high school choir and acting in the school production of Grease as Roger at Tates Creek High School. At 15, Littrell had aspirations to become a basketball player for the Kentucky Wildcats, but at just 1. 73 m (5'7") he struggled with his height. Besides school, he worked at Long John Silver's while performing at weddings. Music was always important to him, and he later planned on attending Cincinnati Bible College on a full scholarship to become a music minister. While a senior in high school, Littrell changed plans and accepted the offer to join what would become the Backstreet Boys.