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Country Musician Josey Greenwell Rebranded, 'Straightwashed' For Heterosexual Audience: VIDEO

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Josey Greenwell was a country musician who made waves by being out and proud, appearing in places like DNA Magazine and on Dr. Phil, gaining attention both for his music and his model looks. Then in January 2013 he vanished. Now, over a year later, enter Nate Green, a ripped, blonde-haired, blue-eyed new country music star who is immensely popular with the 13-24 female demographic...and just so happens to be the new "persona" for Greenwell.

It was all speculation until WeHo Confidential ran a story with confirmations from former bar co-workers and BNA Talent Group representative Josh Robbins, the latter of whom was shown a picture of "Nate" and immediatley said, "Oh, that's Josey Greenwell!"

Given the pigeonholing that tends to happen with gay artists it's understandable why Greenwell chose to rebrand. It's just a shame that the singer who told DNA Magazine, "Music should be about talent and not sexuality, but I'm proud of mine nonetheless," would trade the opportunity to shatter preconceptions for a nice big closet for him and his guitar.

Watch a video of 'Josey' performing at Motor City Pride in Detroit in 2012, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. You can only be a successeful openly gay singer if you have massive talent like Sam Smith or Adam Lambert. This guy sings like a chocked duck, he can change skin as often as he wants but he ain't going anywhere...

    Posted by: Moniker | Aug 20, 2014 10:10:49 AM


  2. I can't hear country music.

    My gay genes won't allow it.

    Posted by: Truthiness | Aug 20, 2014 10:12:18 AM


  3. A bad career move that will not end well. People would rather he be gay than lie to them and play them for fools.

    Posted by: Jason MacBride | Aug 20, 2014 10:15:20 AM


  4. Well, if Luke Evans get a pass i don't know why we are going to blame this guy.

    There's no way a openly gay country singer find his way in mainstream country radio. Even people who don't fit the mold had some problems see Hunter Hayes (and he was one of the most hyped country artist in recent years), but his song are not about beer or whiskey, and he doesn't wear a cowboy hat.

    Women had trouble in that charts too. With the exception of Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, the rest struggle to find a place in a chart full of males who sing the same type of songs, with the same type of lyrices and even wear the same type of clothes.

    And even big names like Eric Church struggle on the charts if the song or the lyrics ar not exactly what the radio expect of him (the chart run for the outsiders was very very weird).

    It's almost impossible for a gay singer doing it when even gay friendly songs from straight artist (Follow your arrow) struggle on the chart even when it was selling way more than many songs doing better on the country chart.

    Well if this guy starts doing interviews saying how much he loves women, and the press totally forgots his previous interviews and go everwhere with a beautiful beard, it won't be different that what they did with Luke Evans (wich has even less excuses because he was older and with an already stablished career in UK). And Evans is still promoted in a lot of gay sites

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 20, 2014 10:17:18 AM


  5. Isn't the a former gay porn actor (make that gay former porn actor, you know there are a few) "Chris Porter" who is now a rapper called "Stose" who also would like to play straight and actually has YouTube videos of he and his posse bashing people set to his music? "misfits" or something.

    Posted by: MIke | Aug 20, 2014 10:19:07 AM


  6. Being idealistic won't pay the bills, put money in your bank account, and get you ahead in life. This young man has to do what he thinks is right for himself in order to make it in his chosen field. He's trying to find himself in a sea of homophobic sharks in Country Music. Give him support by allowing him to find himself.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Aug 20, 2014 10:23:47 AM


  7. Unfortunately, the time to come out in the country music world is definitely after you're already an established star.

    Posted by: JMC | Aug 20, 2014 10:27:43 AM


  8. He should spend more time with his voice coach and less with his personal trainer.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Aug 20, 2014 10:27:56 AM


  9. David From Canada: But unfortunately for him he did everything in the wrong order.

    If he really wanted to be a successful mainstream country singer he should not come out in first place.

    He had an online following, he could do the same Steve Grand did an produce his own music. Maybe you don't find mainstream success or being played on radio, but if you have a following being an independent artist could be very lucrative (and gives a lot of freedom).

    What's really annoying is the whole i'm more gay than anyone only to a few years later lie about it.

    And right now, i don't think it's even a possibility to become a star and then come out. You will be out of country radio faster than the Dixie Chicks if you do

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 20, 2014 10:33:47 AM


  10. I agree. The voice is not all that great, unless it's just the ambient noise and bad acoustics.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 20, 2014 10:34:06 AM


  11. Well, it looks like Luke Evans isn't the only one who proves that it's never too late to go back into the closet. Thanks so much Josey Greenwell/Nate Green for bringing straighwashing to a new generation.

    Posted by: Nobody | Aug 20, 2014 10:34:06 AM


  12. I wondered where he went fron the public eye, but never could have imagined this! New "identity". In a weird way I can understand it, but it will be difficult to keep the past away with the net everywhere. It is also sad.

    Wasn't he in the cover of Spartacus the travel guide? I thought he was cute, had a great abs, but this has taken much of attraction off.
    @Sean Maloney, I agree, he doesn't have a voice.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Aug 20, 2014 10:39:22 AM


  13. This makes me think of entertainers that come out, experience relief and are finally free to be themselves. Authenticity is priceless and very attractive. This guy not only changed his name, he changed his persona. Hope Josey Greenwell/Nate Green sees the light.

    Posted by: excy | Aug 20, 2014 10:42:58 AM


  14. This is sad, and will blow up in his cute face in a New York minute. I can understand wanting to "make it," but at what cost?

    Posted by: Gigi | Aug 20, 2014 10:43:53 AM


  15. @Truthiness:
    "I can't hear country music.

    My gay genes won't allow it."

    What?? My gay genes INSISTED! That, and my mom... You haven't lived until you've heard Reba's Fancy, or Martina's Independence Day. And don't get me started on Dolly!

    Posted by: Jesus | Aug 20, 2014 10:44:53 AM


  16. LOL

    He and his PR people didn't even try to dye his hair a different color and shave the beard.

    No sympathy. Many artists are struggling with coming out. To go back in the closet for a quick buck is horrible

    Posted by: Hislv@yahoo.com | Aug 20, 2014 10:46:23 AM


  17. Dumb move. His publicist must not be familiar with the Internet. He'll be outed to his new audience, negating whatever cachet the straight act was supposed to buy him and turning off fans who felt deceived—a net loss. He would have been better off building his gay audience and singing in the second person to reach the masses—like George Michael did—if that's even possible in the country music world. Maybe he thinks he can follow the Ricky Martin model and come out after he builds an audience, but Ricky Martin came out on his own terms, and people could understand why he hid his sexuality—people who weren't willfully bigoted, by the way. This guy will be outed by his own past publicity, and his stunt will be seen as a cynical ploy to manipulate his new fans and betray his old fans for his own selfish ends.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 20, 2014 10:47:23 AM


  18. This is one of the dumbest things I have heard on this site in reference to a topic... particularly this topic...

    >>>Give him support by allowing him to find himself.<<<

    That's like saying stop criticizing Ken Mehlman when he was using gay as a political issue as Chairman of the RNC because he only wanted to be liked by Republicans.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Aug 20, 2014 10:49:10 AM


  19. Just found this on a Nate Green YouTube page.
    I think Josey found Jeebus. Here's what he said about his song:

    Nate Green - Drink A Beer (Luke Bryan)
    by Nate Green6 -- Check it out! Share if yall like it. God Bless.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRkYJWSPFebFJKz64i9d-kw

    Posted by: Gigi | Aug 20, 2014 10:50:52 AM


  20. I would be ok for me if he said he has decided he is bi and was more interested in women now. I accept bi people, but I don't accept bait and switch.

    Posted by: steve talbert | Aug 20, 2014 10:51:11 AM


  21. He gets to identify himself. No one else should tell him who he is or how to identify. Mind your own business.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Aug 20, 2014 10:53:09 AM


  22. I got a pitch from his publicist. His new music video has him playing a romantic Clyde to some hot chick's Bonnie.

    Posted by: S. | Aug 20, 2014 10:55:50 AM


  23. @GIGI, if you find Jesus, then you say you found Jesus. You don't change your identity.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 20, 2014 10:57:39 AM


  24. @MALCOLM, don't be a simpleton. No one's telling him what to do, we're just not buying any lies. Only people who are weak minded perceive criticism as coercion, and that's their own problem for being weak minded, not their critics' problem for being vocal.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 20, 2014 11:06:31 AM


  25. @JJ -- I wasn't condoning what he did, just reporting what I found.

    Posted by: Gigi | Aug 20, 2014 11:07:53 AM


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