Steve Grand’s three year journey since “All-American Boy”

It’s been three years since Steve Grand dropped his debut music video “All-American Boy” which he funded all by himself. This $7,000 video pushed him into the limelight, gained him many fans and gave him much needed promotion.

Steve Grand’s journey has been quite the whirlwind, but “All-American Boy” is where it all started, so that’s where we’re going to start. Check out the music video below.

Directed by Jason Knade, this video pulls at the heart strings regardless of your sexual orientation. This is the video that started Steve Grand’s career, especially since the narrative focuses on a story that many gay men experience at least once in their lives. So much so that this is where Steve Grand’s fan base first came to light, and it has been growing ever since.

He released two more follow up singles and music videos, these were “Stay” and “Back To California”. The former was more of a performance piece, and the latter focused solely on a narrative story line. View the “Stay” music video below:

“Back To California” caused controversy since the narrative features Steve Grand and Stephanie Stockstill as old best friends that many early viewers interpreted as ex-lovers. This is not the case; with many gay fans agreeing that the friendship between a gay guy and a female friend is something that is extremely special and not something that can be explained.

The “Back To California” video was released on the same day as the launch of his Kickstarter campaign. View the video below:

Steve Grand’s kickstarter was backed by 4,905 people who pledged a combined total of $326,593. It became the third most-funded music project in Kickstarter’s history, at the time. However, now it’s currently the fifth most-funded music project in Kickstarter’s history. It also became the number one most-funded Kickstarter music project among musicians who have never been affiliated with a label; which it still holds the title for. This allowed Steve Grand to release his debut album “All American Boy”. As well as spread his message of love and inclusion, attempting to change the world, one song at a time.

He went on to release single and music video “Time”. This defining music video, directed by Brendan Leahy, focuses on a gay relationship and taking that first initial risk. It inspires confidence. He also released a cover single of Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets” at the same time.

Watch the “Time” music video below:

He next established himself as a vlogger on his YouTube channel, talking about anything and everything from recording music to fashion to agreeing to go on a date. Giving us an insight into his life, into his world and definitely allowing us to get to know him. He can go on and on about a subject allowing us to only get to know him even more.

He then dropped a cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with an incredibly emotional music video. Putting a whole new meaning on this song, a version like no other. You just have to watch below, it’s bound to have you in tears:

Almost a year later, Steve Grand released another single, making it his sixth music video overall. This was a remix of a song that was released on his debut studio album.

“We Are The Night” was already an uplifting LGBT anthem, but Dave Audé remixed the song beautifully, creating a solid dance song that would be welcome on many dancefloors. It’s refreshing to finally have a Steve Grand dance track.

He has established himself more as a vlogger on his YouTube channel; gone on to record a duet with Eli Lieb, titled “Look Away”, which was released as a single with an accompanying music video, which can be viewed below; and took part in a major advertising campaign for bassackwards tees.

Most recently he dropped two piano singles, one is a cover version of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and the other is a live acoustic of fan-favourite track “Soakin’ Wet”.

It’s been three years since “All-American Boy” was first released, and Steve Grand has had quite the journey. Having come a long way since being an underwear model, which was before “All-American Boy” dropped; Steve Grand has made his name in the music industry, but it doesn’t stop here.

In his latest video, thanking fans for their continued support over the past three years and marking this momentous occasion, he states that new music is on its way and that he has been very busy recording and writing.

He also mentions that he is performing and touring a lot, and encourages his fans to come and see him out on the road. His next stop is The Art House in Provincetown, Massachusetts for three nights starting on the 6 July. He can also be seen at Great Lakes Bay Pride in Bay City, Michigan towards the end of the month; as well as OBX Pridefest 2016 in Nags Head, North Carolina in September.

Check out the video, in question, below.

Will the next three years be so kind on Steve Grand as the last three? Are you excited for new music? Tweet us @CelebMix

Written by Jonathan Currinn

26-year-old writer, blogger, author, and journalist. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2015. I write under the name Critic Jonni, on my blog. I also write for Channillo, Outlet Magazine, SPECTRUMM, Fuzzable, Modern Magazine, and Electric Mode. In the past, I have written for Fox & Squirrel Photography and the Daily Star. Follow me on Twitter @CriticJonni