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Steve Grand Celebrates 'All-American Boy' Success with Live Chicago Performance: VIDEO

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Steve Grand, whose "All-American Boy" video has gone viral since being posted to YouTube last week, performed the song at Chicago's The Joynt on Saturday, and talked a bit about making the video and the response he has received (it has been viewed nearly half a million times).

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Some media outlets are claiming Grand is the first openly gay country singer, and while he may be one of the first, that would be ignoring Canadian country singer Drake Jensen.

Incidentally, some of you longtime readers may have recognized Grand as 'Steve Starchild'. We posted his cover of Lady Gaga's "Marry the Night" back in January.

Others may have recognized him from various 'modeling' gigs (also under the names Finn Diesel and Steve Chatham).

Check out some of his modeling shots as well as the Chicago performance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Hubba hubba!

    Posted by: Scott | Jul 8, 2013 11:11:22 AM


  2. i feel duped. what started out as discovering an up & coming talent now feels like a very well orchestrated media blitz/plan.

    yes, i like the song & video very much, but there are too many signs this was all staged and planned. i even contacted friends in the business to alert them to his talent. their response was, 'It's all planned.' another reason why i feel duped.

    any way you can, i guess.....

    Posted by: mike/ | Jul 8, 2013 11:17:48 AM


  3. Who cares if it was planned?

    Posted by: Gigi | Jul 8, 2013 11:24:27 AM


  4. You feel duped how, precisely? Did you think he didn't exist before the video? Breaking into the business often takes a while.

    He's talented and beautiful. Simple as that.

    Posted by: Mikey | Jul 8, 2013 11:28:20 AM


  5. Best of luck to him by why the four different names? Trying each one out for size?

    Posted by: KT | Jul 8, 2013 11:28:31 AM


  6. I've watched "All-American Boy" several times on YouTube. It's amazing what Steve Grand has put together with a bunch of talented friends and no major label backing him yet.
    His website ( stevegrand.bandcamp.com. ) has the song for sale on a name-your-own-price basis ( with no minimum for radio edit version and minimum $1 for album version). But if you have an I-phone you have to download to a computer first because of some Apple rule (it's not on I-tunes).

    It is an exaggeration to call him the first openly-gay country singer. How about kd lang and Drake Jensen? Okay then first openly gay AMERICAN country singer. Then what about Chely Wright? Okay, the first American MALE gay country singer. Well then, what about the Lavender Country and Lavender Cowboy albums from the 1930s and 1970s. Okay, first American male country singer who hasn't yet been banned from radio and shunned by the industry.

    In any case, it's too early to say where this video's exposure will take him but I hope Steve Grand will be the biggest gay country singer that we've seen yet, and one who actually doesn't sing in reversed pronouns.
    I actually woke up this morning and clicked around the morning news shows to see if anyone had booked him as a guest yet.

    Posted by: GregV | Jul 8, 2013 11:35:15 AM


  7. Of course it's planned.
    Anyone who attempts something like this without planning is an idiot.
    It's called show BUSINESS.

    Posted by: DG | Jul 8, 2013 11:44:44 AM


  8. For the record, I think K.D. Lang was the first openly gay country singer.

    Any, nice video and I hope Steve Grand has much success.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 8, 2013 11:45:45 AM


  9. He should be getting a lot of ass. His singing talent is mediocre, but his looks are above average.

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 8, 2013 11:47:27 AM


  10. I'm not sure why you feel duped. What exactly did you think was going on?

    Posted by: db | Jul 8, 2013 11:47:55 AM


  11. Let's see, he goes by the name "Steve Grand," "Steve Starchild," "Steve Chatham" and "Finn Diesel." Does he go by any other names? A birth name and a stage name is OK, but when someone starts using more and more names, it means anyone dealing with him should proceed with caution.

    Trust me, someone who changes names that often is either hiding something or running from something.

    Posted by: How many names??? | Jul 8, 2013 11:48:51 AM


  12. is there a reason the word 'modeling' is inside apostrophes? It makes it sound like they were not legitimate modeling gigs and more like porn stints.

    Posted by: Mercedes | Jul 8, 2013 11:59:27 AM


  13. How come my comments are disappearing?

    Posted by: robbergenius | Jul 8, 2013 12:02:07 PM


  14. You literally have to show your d!ck before your talent these days.

    Posted by: robbergenius | Jul 8, 2013 12:04:14 PM


  15. was the word d!ck bouncing my comments? What if your name is Richard?

    Posted by: robbergenius | Jul 8, 2013 12:05:13 PM


  16. All campaigns are "orchestrated"...Save the "he's hawt hate" for going to the gym....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Jul 8, 2013 12:32:30 PM


  17. Yikes, all those names. Buyer beware.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 8, 2013 12:37:49 PM


  18. There is a really good interview/article on The Backlot (After Elton) and he discusses his previous names and his current one, which happens to be he REAL name. So, any issues with his previous incarnations are eloquently explained away. Recommend reading.

    Regarding his voice, he may hit a few notes off key, but his voice quality and tone are the real deal. Plus, he has a charming and relaxed stage presence, which should bode well for him as his audience and venues grow (his youtube video is almost at 500K as I write this).

    Wish him the best. He deserves it.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Jul 8, 2013 12:48:16 PM


  19. Regarding his name chages: He's explained that on his blog. Yes, he was hiding from his reality behind stage names and not-too-gay songs but says from now on he's out, he's gay and he's the real deal.


    I see he did get mentioned last week on KTLA news. It's funny how the newscasters debate whether he's the first gay country singer, and struggle to remember Chely Wright.
    No, there was some woman who had some hits, and she came out as gay too, they decide. "Charlie Wright" or "Shelly" with a funny spelling or something like that, the male anchor says.

    http://ktla.com/2013/07/05/first-openly-gay-country-singer/

    Posted by: GregV | Jul 8, 2013 12:53:25 PM


  20. I love the live version, even more so considering he hadn't slept for days, although I couldn't tell. He's a great combination of talent and looks. Other people with a lot less of both have had huge careers. Best of luck to him. (And I sure hope this was part of a planned strategy. Shows that he's got a good head for business as well.)

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Jul 8, 2013 1:07:14 PM


  21. Someone that talented, charming and good looking is going to burst out in multiple ways. Good for him. I'm a fan now.

    Posted by: Ken | Jul 8, 2013 1:34:31 PM


  22. I don't care about the name(s) or the business strategy. I like the song, I like the video, and I play it a lot. Can't wait for the album.

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 8, 2013 1:46:02 PM


  23. Why did you put "modeling" in quotes? That's like someone saying "Andy Towle works as a 'writer'".

    Posted by: bcarter3 | Jul 8, 2013 2:23:25 PM


  24. there is an article up (more like an op-ed) on Bilerico with a different observation: "Gay Country Singer: Gay Men Are Sad, Predatory Drunks?" it's what the writer is wondering. not me.

    i feel duped because of all the other info coming out about him. he came across as innocent & sincere but when you are on the cover of "DNA", what do you think people believe about you? especially with the words "Man Candy" right next to you? sorry.

    http://www.bilerico.com/2013/07/gay_country_singer_is_a_sad_predatory_drunk.php?fb_comment_id=fbc_588031844551737_6278121_588139171207671

    Posted by: mike/ | Jul 8, 2013 3:07:50 PM


  25. If he didn't look like he did, you wouldn't give a rat's ass about his mediocre-at-best talent. It's a con. He's a con. And because he looks like he does, you're all buying into the con.
    Sickening, shallow. And totally typical.

    Posted by: wiredream | Jul 8, 2013 3:12:15 PM


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