For starving artists and musicians like Steven Grand, “timing is everything” has never been a truer statement.
Last Tuesday, the 23 year old country singer, who has yet to be signed to a label, posted his first independent music video (that he paid for himself) for his single “All American Boy” on YouTube and it’s already received over 1 million views.
The Chicago native has had a whirlwind of attention since the song went viral last week. He made the front page of the SunTimes Chicago, had interviews with Canada’s WunderRadio and even landed an interview on Good Morning America this week.
In an interview with Huffington Post, “Grand said he knew its tale of unrequited love would resonate across lines of sexuality. He’s received hundreds of postings on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook from viewers, both straight and gay, saying they understand such rejection and heartache.”
"I’m not a crier," Grand noted. "But since this all began, since people have been reaching out, I’ve been beyond moved, because so many people have felt what I felt, been through what I’ve been through."
Though country music may not seem like a welcome home to gay artists – especially after the “painful process” Chely Wright had when she came out as lesbian in 2010 – a lot has changed. Grand will be able to find friends among big stars like Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Reba, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts and Martina McBride; all whom have come forward in support of equality.
If you haven’t seen the video, watch it now:
You can also download the song, “All American Boy” for a donation of your choice at Steve’s Bandcamp page.