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Steve Grand's Slow Rendition of "All-American Boy" Will Melt Your Heart: VIDEO

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Gay country music heartthrob Steve Grand stopped by Windy City Live in his hometown of Chicago to discuss his sudden career success, the inspiration behind his hit song, and debut his first ever television performance: a poignant keyboard rendition of "All-American Boy." I don't know about you, but I certainly enjoy watching this smouldering star's rise to fame. 



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  1. 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.

    Posted by: Rich | Jul 19, 2013 11:26:15 PM

  2. 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.

    Posted by: Caliban | Jul 20, 2013 12:25:50 AM

  3. @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.

    Posted by: Lazyccrockett | Jul 20, 2013 12:48:15 AM

  4. Real nice performance, but why was the mic placed so high? Anyway, the guy is talented, I hope he goes big.

    Posted by: Anony6 | Jul 20, 2013 1:48:24 AM

  5. Real nice performance, but why was the mic placed so high? Anyway, the guy is talented, I hope he goes big.

    Posted by: Anony6 | Jul 20, 2013 1:48:25 AM

  6. He did a great job. I listened 9 times.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Jul 20, 2013 2:20:52 AM

  7. 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!

    Posted by: Marc | Jul 20, 2013 5:16:16 AM

  8. 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!

    Posted by: Marc | Jul 20, 2013 5:25:59 AM

  9. 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

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jul 20, 2013 6:47:50 AM

  10. 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.

    Posted by: rascal | Jul 20, 2013 7:34:53 AM

  11. The song is a close match to Lady Gaga's 'Country' attempt. Good voice, he needs a PR handler to assist with interviews.

    Posted by: MJF | Jul 20, 2013 9:48:32 AM

  12. Boo hiss. "this video is unavailable."

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Jul 20, 2013 1:29:43 PM

  13. Video not loading.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Jul 20, 2013 2:32:55 PM

  14. 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.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Jul 20, 2013 3:09:32 PM

  15. 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.

    Posted by: Dale J. Schuster | Jul 20, 2013 6:22:03 PM

  16. 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.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 21, 2013 3:13:02 AM

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