Saturday, June 20, 2015

Steve Grand Collection

Steve Grand
Also known asSteve Chatham
Steve Starchild
BornFebruary 28, 1990 (age 25)
Lemont, Illinois
Occupation(s)Model, Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active2011–present
LabelsGrand Nation

Singer-songwriter Steve Grand remembers the first time he realized how powerful music could be. At a young age, riding in the car with his dad, listening to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Beach Boys, he saw how a song could transport someone through time and space to a moment in the past. 

“He could tell you what shirt he was wearing, the name of the girl he was dating, and what the weather was like,” he says of his dad’s musical reminiscences. “That’s what first sparked my interest in songwriting. It was the first time I encountered music’s unique ability to provide a temporary escape from reality.”

It’s a feeling he’s now given countless people himself with 2013’s release of “All American Boy,” his debut single. The song became a smash, viral hit, thanks in part to the self-produced and self-financed video, which went from zero to a million views on YouTube in a matter of days, all without the help of a label, a manager, or an agent. The imagery was pure Americana—campfires, American flags, country roads, whiskey, and hunky, shirtless men. But there was a twist.

The song and video (now with close to 4 million views and counting) both depict a situation familiar to many people—an unrequited crush of someone out of reach, that burning desire for someone you can never have. It’s a universal truth, but Steve’s story was even more affecting, because he was telling that story from the perspective of a gay man who had a crush on a straight man. It’s not something that has ever been depicted in music quite so overtly. 

Steve grew up in Lemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, in a Catholic family. When he was four or five, he saw Schroeder, Charlie Brown’s piano playing friend tickling the ivories, and became obsessed. He wanted a piano so badly, that he made them, dozens of models of them, out of campaign posters, crayon, tape and glue, most of them bigger than the tiny, future musician.

“I thought it was so cool to be able to make sounds and play a song just using your fingers,” says Steve. 

His parents got the hint and bought him an old, beat-up, upright piano. After a lifetime of piano lessons, Steve became an accomplished singer and songwriter, playing in school bands, and later, performing in churches and jamming at jazz venues around town. He penned heartfelt tales of heartache and romance, longing and love, living out his childhood dream and making music with his fingers.

While he loved his family and his musical upbringing, as a young man who figured out that he was gay after a stint at summer camp when he was in eighth grade, Steve says he felt like many gay teenagers do: alone and confused. Looking around for public role models in music, he found few. Though his parents now accept his sexuality and support him, his religious upbringing didn’t offer any solace, either.

“I was 18 or 19 and I realized, hey, there’s really a deficiency here. The world is rapidly becoming a more accepting place. If we really are all the same and we really are all equal, there ought to be more artists who are open about who they are and even sing about it,” he says.

While it’s become more common for celebrities to come out casually, without the fanfare or announcements on covers of magazines, Steve says it’s just as important as ever. “While people say this is no big deal anymore, who cares? You know who cares? The kids who are still really struggling with this. The kids who feel like they would still rather be dead than live life as a gay person,” he said. “I'm thinking about them all the time when I'm doing these things because deep down we all just want to be loved, we want to experience love, we want to give love, we want to take in love, and we want to feel valued and understood."

He knew that gambit for “All American Boy” would work: no one had ever seen or heard anything quite like it before. “What made the story impactful was the apparent dichotomy of a same-sex love story set against a very Americana backdrop—old cars, whiskey, American flags, and friends by a campfire,” he says. 

Pegged as a “gay country artist” by the media—something of a misnomer—within a week, the video had made all the gay blogs, Buzzfeed ran a post about the video, and he’d appeared on “Good Morning America.” Later, he was interviewed by the revered Larry King for his online show. 

On February 26, 2014, he launched a successful Kickstarter campaign raising $326,000, the third highest funded music project on the site. He’s set to release his debut full-length album, “All American Boy” this spring.

With his full-length album, recorded with producer Aaron Johnson (who produced The Fray) in Los Angeles in the spring of 2014, co-writing a few songs with Itaal Shur, (who also helped to pen the Grammy winning song, “Smooth” by Rob Thomas and Santana), coming in March, fans will have even more to be inspired by. “It’s going to take them to many more places. The album follows an arc—each song is a plot point on that arc, and I think a lot of things in life follow an arc.”

The journey is told through Steve’s clear, soaring voice, and his emotionally uplifting, hook-filled songs including “Stay,” “All-American Boy,” “Whiskey Crime,” and “Say You Love Me.” The piano and guitar-driven tracks are instantly timeless and familiar; their sound is a tip of the hat to other American singer-songwriters like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.  

“There is nothing all that different about my music just because I’m gay,” he says. “My music explores dimensions of the human experience: Love, loss, hope, regret, triumph—themes that have been explored by artists since the beginning of time. None of these experiences are unique to any group - they are universal themes because we all feel them, regardless of what our sexual orientation or gender identity may be.” 

Twenty years later, like his cartoon inspiration, Steve Grand is making music with his fingers, creating new memories for them with his songs. 

 While he knew that “All American Boy” would gain a lot of attention, Steve says, “I didn’t realize how deep the emotional impact was going to be, until I started getting emails from people really saying ‘I’ve been waiting my whole life for someone like you.’” Nearly a year and a half later, he says, “that’s never stopped. People are still watching the video every day and being moved by it.” 

Steve Grand: The All-American Man

Jeff Katz | September 30, 2013

Behold the power of the Internet in 2013. In a matter of 48 hours over the past Fourth of July holiday, Steve Grand went from being an unknown Chicago twentysomething to a bona fide viral Web star. If you haven’t heard the song “All-American Boy” or seen the accompanying music video, you must have been completely disconnected from pop culture this summer. All the budding singer-songwriter did was become the talk of the gay community, music industry and country scene.

The quick recap: Grand uploads the video for his self-penned first single on July 2nd. The song and video tell the story of Grand’s pining for and boyishly chasing after his best buddy. A kiss happens, followed by rejection, as we see said friend is straight. No fight. No drama. Life goes on.

Before the Independence Day fireworks even lit up the sky, the video had racked up nearly a million views (and today boasts more than 2 million). Blogs both LGBT-oriented and otherwise shared the clip, and social media was abuzz with the 23-year-old’s name. Grand may not have been the first openly gay country singer (as some in the media incorrectly labeled him), but there’s no doubting the impact Steve Grand has made on our year.

“It’s been the most amazing, most hectic thing, a real whirlwind,” Grand says just two months after the song’s debut. “I was terrified leading up to it. I knew I had to do this, that I had this in me. This video and song have had a much greater impact, a much deeper impact than I could have ever hoped for. I really wasn’t expecting for it to resonate with people on such a deep level. It’s been a huge, huge gift.”

In today’s superconnected social-media age, discovering a promising singer online isn’t exactly breaking news, but it was obvious that Grand’s same-sex love story (and open sexuality) had people talking. As one veteran music publicist tells Instinct, for an artist to essentially make their introduction to the world with an openly gay message is, in terms of industry standards, nearly unheard of and certainly wouldn’t be recommended by a major label. (It should be noted that Grand’s music and video were self-produced, self-financed and self-released.) “Sure, it helped that he’s good-looking,” the exec continues. “But at the core, you need a good song, and he had that. He impressively got people’s attention.”

It’s attention that hasn’t been all smooth sailing and acclaim. With such buzz comes intense, at times invasive, interest, and suddenly Grand found himself thrust into the media spotlight. Within a week of becoming the talk of the Web, Grand was profiled on Good Morning America, where it was reported that as a teen his parents put him in “straight therapy,” which other outlets began reporting as “conversion therapy.” Questions and speculation followed, and Grand soon found himself having to defend statements he’s made in support of his parents. Now he wants to clear the air once and for all.

“This is such a touchy subject to talk about. I don’t want to misrepresent what happened, but I also don’t want to endorse anything or take away from others’ experiences,” Grand says. “I was not in conversion therapy. I was seeing a Christian therapist, who, among many beliefs, believed I would be happier if I didn’t live life as a gay man. He did not shame me. He did not make me feel bad for what I felt. But he did believe I would be happier in life if I lived as a heterosexual, and that part is indeed harmful. If you’re doing anything but affirming someone’s sexuality, you’re harming them. Especially a child.

MV cực cảm động tình yêu đồng tính của chàng mẫu điển trai

Một câu chuyện tình yêu đồng tính nhẹ nhàng, day dứt cùng góc máy tự nhiên đã đẩy Steve Grand lên thành một cái tên cực hot trong mấy ngày vừa qua trong cộng đồng yêu thích nhạc US, UK.

Chỉ với ca khúc mang phong cách country All-American Boy vừa tung lên trên youtube vào 2/7, Steve Grand đã nhanh chóng có trong tay một lượng fan khủng chỉ trong vòng mấy ngày.Steve Grand hiện là một ca sĩ tự do, nhưng anh từng được biết với cái tên Steve Chatham khi là người mẫu cho tạp chí nóng bỏng DNA và một số các tờ báo thể hình khác.

Đây cũng chính là tác phẩm đầu tay do chính anh sáng tác và thể hiện.

Lật lại cái tên Steve Chatham, bạn sẽ thấy anh chàng này khá bình thường ngoài những bức hình khoe body nóng bỏng, nhưng sự nghiệp nghệ thuật của ca sĩ tự do Steve Grand sau khi được đổi tên sẽ hứa hẹn công phá mới khi MV đầu tiên anh tung ra nhận được quá nhiều sự yêu thích và quan tâm của fan cũng như những ông chủ "bự" thị trường âm nhạc Mỹ.

Có lẽ quá sớm khi vạch ra một tương lai sáng lạng chỉ với qua một ca khúc All-American Boy, nhưng xem MV bạn sẽ cảm được câu chuyện hết sức cảm động của Steve Grand.

Cũng trong MV đầu tay của mình, Steve Grand không ngần ngại tuyên bố đồng tính một cách hết sức lấp lửng bằng một tình yêu tay 3 thầm kín và khi thổ lộ thì bị từ chối thẳng thừng. Chính tình tiết của câu chuyện cùng chất giọng country trầm ấm, day dứt, da diết đã hạ gục hàng triệu trái tim cùng thổn thức với Steve Grand.

The Story Behind Gay Singer Steve Grand’s "All-American Boy"

After the enormously positive reception to his first music video, “All-American Boy,” singer Steve Grand tells BuzzFeed about the difficult decision of coming out as nothing but himself. posted on Jul. 8, 2013, at 5:11 p.m.

Matt Bellassai   BuzzFeed Staff

Steve Grand has barely slept in days. He hasn’t showered. He’s lost weight. His family is worried that he isn’t getting enough to eat. It’s the 4th of July, and two days ago, the 23-year-old singer and Chicago native released his first music video, an independently produced pop-country love song, “All-American Boy,” about one gay man’s unrequited love for a straight man.

The story, based on Grand’s own experiences as an out gay man, was relatively innocent. But as the video uploaded to YouTube, he tells BuzzFeed, he obsessed over how the world — especially his church, where he works as a wedding and funeral singer — might respond to its same-sex content. “I had no idea what people were gonna think,” Grand says. “I had no idea how people were gonna respond. I couldn’t sleep.”

The video wasn’t necessarily Grand’s coming out. He’d done that officially years earlier, but doing this was a terrifying act of vulnerability. “It’s me coming out as totally myself and just standing naked before the world,” he says.

Despite the risk and fear, Grand says it was something he felt compelled to do. “I think that we’re at a time now where there’s no room to be anything but totally honest and totally who you are,” he says. “I decided this is who I’m gonna be to the world. Just my true, raw self. I’m putting it all out there.”

Within hours, the video racked up tens of thousands of views and hundreds of supportive comments from both gay and straight viewers who identified with the singer’s heartache. “I’m still in awe,” says Grand. “I’m not a crier, but the comments have been so overwhelmingly positive. They’re thanking me for telling my story because they feel like it’s a story that hasn’t been told before. And that’s all I could ever hope for.”

Grand started working on music when he was just 12 years old as a way to cope with his own struggles. The singer says he fell for a male counselor who took a particular interest in him at camp when he was 13, and was heartbroken when they eventually separated. “That’s actually what made me realize I was gay,” he says. “That deep longing, that achy feel, for someone that’s just out of reach, someone that you’ll never have. I remember driving away from camp after I said good-bye, and I felt the deepest ache of my life. I felt that was the end of my childhood.”

Then, when his parents discovered an incriminating AOL instant message, he was sent to ex-gay therapy to talk to counselors about his sexuality. “That was pretty much my high school experience,” he says. “My parents became really obsessive about making sure I didn’t go out because they were so scared of me acting out on my unwanted same-sex attraction, as it was referred to.”

So he turned to music. “I was quite eccentric,” he says. “And that eccentricity comes from being broken, in the ways that we’re all broken.”

That’s why the release of “All-American Boy,” with its foregrounded same-sex details, was an important risk for Grand. “I needed to do something to share the ache and share the pain that I’ve felt for most of my life,” he says. “This is the story I wanted to tell. This is who I want to be. I owe that. I owe that to all the people who have felt this.”

Grand rushed to have the video produced in just a couple of months, pulling together friends and acquaintances to lend a hand with the production when money fell short. “I sacrificed a lot of things, financially, to make it happen,” he says, “but this is what I had to do. This is all I could have done.” Grand’s friends and advisers suggested masking gender pronouns to appeal to a wider audience, but he insisted on staying true to his own story. “I’m sending a message to people,” he says. “The power of music transcends. The gender pronouns are just a little side part.”

“My sexuality hasn’t been a secret for a long time,” he says. “It’s something that’s not really talked about in my family, so this is kinda like a big move. Me and my mother have shed a lot of tears over it. It’s one thing to say ‘I’m gay,’ but to see it and to see that kiss and to see it all up on screen, it’s something the world is gonna see.”

But his family and friends have been overwhelmingly supportive throughout the process of making his video. “[My mother’s] proud of me, and she’s been looking at the comments and she’s so touched and she’s so moved,” he says. “She’s come such a long way.” He’s still waiting to see how his church, where he sings, will respond. “I’m not sure what’s gonna happen now that this is all out in the open. That was just another sacrifice I had to make because that was a big chunk of my income.”

Whatever the outcome, he’s committed to this path. “I couldn’t live with myself if I wasn’t true and honest,” he says. “That’s what people deserve. People don’t deserve a lie. We have a whole new generation that’s counting on us to be brave and to not be afraid of pigeonholing ourselves. People need to be brave for the world to change. If it puts me in a hole, I’ll accept that. But I did what I needed to do.”

Grand says that the story of “All-American Boy” is ultimately meant to appeal to everybody. “It really is a human story,” he says. “It’s a universal story of longing. An ‘all-American boy,’ it doesn’t mean ‘American,’ it doesn’t mean ‘boy,’ it just means that person that you love, and that you idealize, and that person you ache for. There are guys who sing along to Taylor Swift songs, and I don’t understand why they can’t sing along to my song. To me, there’s really no difference. It’s a story about longing.”

“All-American Boy” has been viewed over a half million times in less than a week, and it has caught the attention of gay music icons like Lance Bass, who was among the first to tweet the video. Grand has made a meager profit off the attention thus far, but says he’s happy to scrape by if it means he’s creating something that has an effect on people. “I’ve scrubbed toilets, I’ve cleaned up puke and shit off the floor. I worked at a gay bar and had my ass grabbed one too many times and my nipples squeezed,” he laughs. “[But] all that matters to me is that I’m putting out real art into the world.”

Grand has no concrete plans for what’s next, though he’s started aligning himself with friends and advisers who can help plan his next artistic endeavor. Whatever it is, it won’t necessarily be country music, but more likely pop-rock. “To be honest, I wasn’t trying to write a country song,” he says. “At the end of the day, people can call it what they want. I’m just gonna keep being honest in my songwriting.”

“All I know is that I’ve passed the point of no return,” he said. “There’s no going back now.”

Country music has a new star and his name is Steve Grand! In one week exactly his self funded video to debut All-American Boy is on track to reach one millon views. No label is behind him either, but that is definitely only matter of time should he choose. This since he did Good Morning America just yesterday - mere days into fame, haha. Steve's sound is to our European ears quite commercial country and has the potential to reach far if he gets backed by country stations. Plus his song is about that ol' classic country theme of love and heartbreak so how could they not? We found this bootleg remix (sounding like LG's Yoü and I) with added stomp as well - further evidence that this song is resonating with people's hearts. After all - love is a universal thing and all that matters! 

The video follows Steve’s character, who meets a handsome all-American guy around a fire.

They have a few drinks together.

And Steve’s character is totally hooked.

Singing all about his all-American guy.

They go swimming together.

And Steve’s character is totally in love.

And even though they kiss…

His all-American boy wants to stay just friends.

It turns out to be a sad story of unrequited gay-straight attraction, but Steve’s story touched a nerve among viewers so far.

All Steve Grand wants for Christmas this year is us. Not really. He wants this hot bearded guy with whom he’s cuddling in bed and whose tree he’s trimming. At least that’s the impression we get from the out entertainer’s just-released — and let’s be honest, very impressive — rendition of the Mariah Carey standard “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

In an accompanying note posted to his Facebook page, Grand says “I wasn’t ever too keen on the idea of doing a Holiday song, but a lot of you have requested that I do one (and I didn’t want to be a big ole’ Grinch ;)), so here is my little gift to you, for all your love and support through these last 2.5 years.” Aww, you’re welcome, buddy.

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