Steve Grand, the out and proud singer, songwriter, and former thirst trap model returns to St. Louis for his PrideFest debut on Saturday on the Mastercard Entertainment Stage with a mix of old and new music.

 

"I’m excited to be coming to St Louis PrideFest to perform," said Grand. "I’m going to be releasing my sophomore album early in July so I will definitely be playing some new songs off of it. I’ll also be playing some favorites of “All-American Boy” as well as some covers that should get everyone going. I’ll be accompanying myself on guitar and piano as I sing."

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The Chicago native, 28, boasts over 16 million views on YouTube and a #3 album on the Billboard Independent Album Artist charts. His first of many self-funded music videos, “All-American Boy,” went viral, and was followed by one of the most successful music Kickstarter campaigns ever for his debut album of the same name. The feat has earned him the reputation as a trailblazer in the entertainment world.

 

Grand’s music video, “All-American Boy,” released in July of 2013, tells the story of unrequited love between two men, and took the internet by storm when it was released. While the song's country themes had some in the media dubbing Grand the "first openly gay male country singer", it's a label he rejects, saying he never claimed to be the first of his kind, and frequently praises the LGBTQIA+ trailblazers who have come before him.

 

That said, it's no wonder Steve Grand has become one of the hottest tickets on the LGBTQIA+ Pride circuit for the past five years.

 

"People are out to have a good time and celebrate themselves and embrace their uniqueness. It's a colorful display in all kinds of ways," said Grand of these annual concerts.

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Asked if he had a favorite Pride moment, he immediately responded New York in 2015.

 

"I played NYC PrideFest the weekend the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. That was a magical moment! Such a victorious, exciting energy in the air," said Grand.

 

Touring internationally and across the country since 2016, Grand has also made appearances on Good Morning America, CNN, Larry King Now, and other national outlets where he has used his platform to advocate for human rights and LGBTQIA+ equality.

 

"Pride means not only accepting the person you are, but loving and embracing that person," Grand explained. "We all have something unique to offer. It’s about finding that light and letting it shine through."

 

Grand's most recent single, "Walking", from his upcoming album "not the end of me" was released in June 2017. The song is available for download with the full album dropping on July 6. 

 

Steve Grand will perform on the Mastercard Entertainment Stage at St. Louis PrideFest on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.

 

 

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