Singer-songwriter Steve Grand says he's
“blown away” by the response to his first video for the track
The video, released last week, went
viral on YouTube and has gained national attention.
All-American Boy tells a
well-worn story of unrequited love, except the pairing in this video
are two men. Grand's character falls hard for another young man.
Despite sharing a kiss in a lake, the other man says he's just
looking for friendship. (Watch
the video in our video library.)
a Facebook post, Grand said that before releasing the video he
was “twisted up in a big knot.”
“I was scared I wouldn't be able to
pay off my credit card debt from the video shoot, and not be able to
pay rent and ultimately be evicted from my apartment. I was scared
my parents would be ashamed of me. I was scared I would lose my
jobs,” Grand wrote.
Grand said that the positive response
has “forever changed me.”
“You have inspired me. We are going
to take this world by storm. I love you guys … I feel though I
don't know all of you personally we are connected in a very special
way somehow … in our aching and our longing. In our desire to make
the world a better place by being leaders and by being brave … from
all the messages I have read … I can be honest when I say I am
blown away by your bravery.”
Meanwhile, a 2010 DNA Magazine photo
spread of Grand under the name Steve Chatham surfaced. Grand told
male gay entertainment blog The
Backlot that he was not ashamed of the semi-nude layout.
“The human body is something to be
celebrated,” he said.