Since yesterday afternoon, I've noticed a whole slew of people coming to NashvilleGab by searching Google and other search engines for the term "gay male country singer" or other similar terms.
Now Chely Wright's been out for quite a while (and she's, of course, a woman), so I didn't figure people were searching for her. I also hadn't heard of any famous country guys coming out of the ol' closet recently, so I thought there was probably some other reason people were suddenly searching for a mysterious gay male country singer.
Since my curiosity was piqued I started doing some searching of my own and voila ... I think I may have found why people are suddenly so interested in gay country singers.
Meet Steve Grand. BuzzFeed ran a story on him yesterday and I think this may just be what people have been looking for.
Steve released a music video on Tuesday called All-American Boy that's actually very touching. The music starts out sounding a bit like a countrified Lady Gaga's You and I but gets much better from there. It's a story from Steve's life where he had a crush on a straight boy who didn't quite have the same feelings for him.
Yeah, we've all been there.
Steve says on his Facebook about his decision to release the song and his choice to let his sexual orientation be known:
time to be brave. the world does not see change until it sees honesty. I am taking a risk here in many ways, but really there is no choice but to be brave. To not tell this story is to let my soul die. It is all I believe in. It is all I hold dear. We have all longed for someone we can never have... we all have felt that ache for our#allamericanboy
first original song and music video. I gave everything for this. If my story makes even a couple people feel less alone in their aching, all the blood, sweat, tears, and soul I put into this project makes it worth it. Thanks for watching.
Listening to the song, watching the video, and seeing Steve and the look he has going on, I think we have a strong contender for the very first openly-gay-from-the-start country star. My hope is that someday people won't give a shit about a person's choice in who they love, but until then it's great to know there are brave people out there like Steve who choose to be honest and true to who they are from the very start. Best of luck to him.
Oh, and just so you know, I don't know if Steve's tall or not, it just went along with that whole tall, dark, and handsome bit. Also,you can follow Steve on Twitter at @SteveGrandMusic. You can also download All-American Boy here.
UPDATE: I was right, this does seem to be why people have been searching for gay country singer. The site's been going crazy since I posted this story. Looks like someone better snatch Steve up and give him a record deal because there appears to be a whole segment of the country-listening population who is wanting a role model (and poster boy) all their own.