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  1. dorishin says

    Proud and open from the beginning! I hope he continues to be a huge success. Beautiful, writes his own stuff and can really sing live without auto tune. A dream come true!

  2. Tony Diaz says

    Very real and authentic young artist artist, but I have to say (in the words of Randy Jackson) – a little pitchy. I wish him all the best.

  3. RONTEX says

    He sings with such honesty and passion in his voice, I’ll take that over boring “perfect” vocals any day and no auto tune. He has more of a Bon Jovi sound in his video that I prefer, I don’t see him as a country artist but broader appeal. Almost forgot, HE”S HOT!

  4. Bob says

    I don’t think “pitchy” means what you think it means. Steve had some weak phrasing in this performance (a very common vocal failing for untrained singers) but this was still a very creditable live (with no electronic assistance or enhancements) performance. It’s a beautiful song and he performed it well, given the situation. Kudos to Steve for his song, his singing and his honesty.

  5. Michael Bedwell says

    Grand has had the experience of getting rejected by straight men “a thousand times”??? That ridiculousness only compounds the inanity of reinforcing the myth that all gays are out to get straights in bed which recent research shows is THE main fear behind homophobia and opposition to gay equality.

    Finally, as a gay columnist for “Slate” summed up: “This particular narrative of the tantalizing straight guy and lovesick queen is so hackneyed in gay culture as to be laughable. Perhaps the only bright spot is that it ends not with a punch in the face or scene of public humiliation but with a gentle dismissal. I guess that means that change has occurred on the gay panic front, which is nice. But what the video also suggests is that gays are still hovering on the periphery of straight parties and couplings, yearning for a chance to get in on the action—instead of finding love and happiness among our increasingly legally protected selves. It’s just that now, rather than getting a bloody nose when the ruse falls apart, our hero will merely be left alone. Tolerance, in other words, is the best we can hope for. Forgive me, but I find that a little less than revolutionary.”

  6. Ryan says

    Can we just call him a singer for now? Does he have to be a “star?” That seems like a lot of pressure to dump on a kid who hasn’t released a single LP yet. (Has he even released an EP?)

    I’d love for him to become a “star” — goodness knows we could use a few more successful LGBT musicians on the pop charts — but he’s just not there yet and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  7. bernard says

    I love him, he’s gorgeous, and he’s got a wonderful voice, but I really hope if he is on his way to stardom, that he hires a publicity coach to help him with his public appearances, because there are just way too many ‘you know’s in that interview.

  8. Mike Ryan says

    He is certainly not a very good interview with all his ahhs and halting and inability to explain himself. Youth and good looks keeps you interested and his does have a nice voice. Let’s hope he isn’t a one-hit wonder because I’d really like to see him around.

    Not wild about the song especially when he takes one word and spreads it across ten notes, catches a breath, and adds a few more repeats.

  9. Adam says

    Calling Steve “country” is the least of his worries. The thing that will kill his career is calling him “gay”. It’s a career-killer because it stereotypes him and it also tells women that he is not date-worthy.

    Female consumers drive a lot of the sales of artists whose music sounds like Steve’s. They won’t buy from him except, perhaps, in a fit of token support which quickly fades. Just look at Adam Lambert’s fading commercial appeal.

    If you need any proof of females’ aversion to gay and bisexual male singers, just look at the itunes top 100 singles chart in the USA, Britain or Australia. Not one charting act is an openly gay or bi male. Pat Robertson would be proud.

  10. Randy says

    It may be hackneyed for a gay boy to pine away for the striaght boy, but that’s because it’s still so common. For a lot of gay kids in their teens (for anyone, for that matter), you have no control over whom you are attracted to. And in many schools or communities, there may not be a whole bunch of gay kids just like you looking for love.

    I fell in love with striaght guys all the time. I knew it was a disaster, and it was real heartbreak, but I was young and I couldn’t control my desires any more than you can.

    I wish him success, and perhaps if this hackneyed story reaches more straight people they will be gentle with us when we do fall for them. like anyone should be when you have someone loving you and you can’t love them back.

  11. SAYTHETRUTH says

    Something worrisome must be happening on anyone who makes more than two sentences commenting just a relatively great performing of a simple gay guy with dreams. Chill.

  12. matt says

    Thought he was hot at first “You know” but this would have been better “You know” had had he not killed the interview “you know”. Once he opened his mouth “you know” he lost me “you know??” Needs some help with the interview process “you know”

  13. bravo says

    He’s actually very talented. I’d edit a few melismas, but other than that, he really has a good sense of pitch, rhythm, movement, and melody line.

    And he’s gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous.

    This song could be sung by a girl about a hot guy. I think it will be very popular, and I think he will also be popular with the ladies.

  14. Rich says

    I hope all of the people who commented on the original video posting that he is all about his looks would see this video and listen to his music. He’s obviously a gifted musician and a very good singer. A more polished interview style will come with time, but for now it makes him seem like a regular person rather than a pre-packaged studio product. Just let him write, play and sing and success should follow. Let’s all just be proud of, and happy for, him.

  15. Caliban says

    Divorced from the video, the song itself is just about one man pining for another. The “unavailable straight man” only exists in the video. The song itself is kind of surprising and sweet, IMO.

    It isn’t “country.” Power Ballad maybe? Kind of in the Bon Jovi/Bolton style. Even though I’m not a big fan of that particular genre, I still hope he does well.

  16. Lazyccrockett says

    @caliban you’re totally right, if you just listen to the song itself which you can download for free, it seems to me that he gets the boy. The video plays out way different that the song itself.

  17. Marc says

    This was simply wonderful. Steve, I adore you and I am so happy for your recent discovery in the lives of so many of us. May you continue to “do your thing” — whatever that may be — and bring the world more wonder. We need it. We love it. And we’ll send it right back your way. Love ya, boy. Go get ’em!

  18. Marc says

    And on a side note… there’s nothing like reading comments on Towleroad to drive home the point that the only opinion I really trust and care about is my own. My god, may I never have to sit in a room with so many of you haters. One talented gay guy has something wonderful start happening to him and all the claws of the jealous start coming out. Y’all look pathetic. Just stop it and be happy for someone. Is that so hard? Apparently it is.

    Steve, ignore these fools. Your life need not be affected by any of them in the slightest. Rock on boy. Plenty of love is pouring your way!

  19. jjose712 says

    Adam: Adam Lambert commercial fading has nothing to do with him being gay, or women fans. It has to be with RCA not promoting him the right way.
    He is not Rihanna who can do anything and get a top 10 hit. He needs to be promoted the right way, and RCA totally failed in that department.
    And it’s not a gay thing, Kris Allen failed in the same department.
    Most artist need the right promotion, and without that it’s almost impossible to get succesfull careers.

    I have problems with him being called a star. He released a song (wich is not even avaliable on itunes, wich make very difficult to find the real impact) whose video became viral. There’s an obvious interest in him, and he has talent and voice, but he is not a signed singer, wich will make very difficult for him to make a broader impact.

    Being openly gay was a killer for a career (at least a mainstream one) in the USA, radio is pretty conservative, but i don’t think it has the same impact anymore.
    And women evolved, they don’t need to feel the posibility of marry their star anymore, if they like a singer they simply like the singer, period

  20. rascal says

    Jeez! This crowd is tough! No, he’s not a polished interview, but that only makes him more charming and authentic. His voice isn’t stellar, the lyrics are conventional, but the fact that this kid is even making it at the level he is with such an explicitly homoerotic song is cause for celebration. Its one thing for an established artist to come out and start penning pronoun-specific lyrics, but to court initial fame in a decidedly midwest context at a grass-roots level with such material is, as far as I know, pretty much unprecedented.

    Kudos and much support for this guy.

  21. Francis #1 says

    Adam Lambert hasn’t been handled properly, but his sexuality and general image has hurt his career. That much is obvious. Adam is huge in Europe and Asia and pretty big in Canada too, but more or less a washout in America, where his songs get virtually no radio play. Will radio stations actually play gay-centric music is the real question. Will labels actually back a gay artist. And if they do, will they make that artist more or less straight-laced and boxed in, fearing backlash from “Middle America”?

    Steve Grand has a following on the web that’s fair sized, but nothing extraordinary. Let’s be realistic. His song has about 1.5 million views in 3 weeks. That’s nice, but similar internet famous artists can get 1.5 million in 24 hours. Eli Lieb has been around a while, he’s cute and a great singer, has a similar fanbase to Steve Grand, yet hasn’t made it big in the mainstream.

    The best thing for Steve is, not only is he good looking but he’s also a very good singer, and he’s got a, no pun intended, All-American look. He looks mainstream. He’s got the looks and talent to make it, but that may or may not be enough. With that said, I wish him all the best, he seems like a good guy, he’s gay, and we should all be rooting for him and happy for his success.

  22. Dale J. Schuster says

    Steve is a great songwriter/singer/performer. He gives all of his heart and soul in All-American Boy. He has a lot of talent and will have a great career ahead of him.

  23. Randy says

    When I watch something like this, I can’t help but remember growing up watching gay people who wouldn’t go on TV without hiding behind sunglasses and a fake moustache. Despite the progress, I really never expected a morning show crowd would applaud a song about a gay man’s lust for an attached straight man in my lifetime.

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