Brandon Stansell remains a fresh face on the country music scene, but has always been nearby; honing his craft and finding his voice. "Slow Down", his first full-length album released in October 2017, is the epicenter of his "California Country” sound.

 

While his "voice to remember" is appealing, there is more that meets the eye with this out LA crooner of Nashville roots. Stansell was featured in Rolling Stone's '10 New Country Artists to Know: November 2017' and recently performed in GLAAD's Love + Acceptance show with Ty Herndon and Cody Alan in Nashville.

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Stansell will be performing at Tower Grove Pride at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 23 (with an after party performance at Atomic Cowboy starting at 9 p.m.) and St. Louis PrideFest at 5: 35 p.m. on Sunday, June 24 on the second stage.

 

The following is from an interview #Boom did with the artist last summer ahead of Pride season:


What do you have in store for PrideFest audiences in St. Louis?


We have an exciting set lined up! The show is all original music - mostly new material written for a record I am recording in July and as well as some older tunes from my EP, Slow Down, which was released last September. This will be my first headlining experience and I am thrilled to be making my debut at PrideFest!


When was your first Pride?


My first Pride was in New York City in 2011. I had just moved the city the winter before and I didn’t really know what to expect. I took the train down from Washington Heights and got out at Christopher Street. I spent the next 3 hours trying to cross Christopher Street… All of my friends and I were meeting at the Duplex to drink and watch the parade, but for most of day I was stone cold sober on the other side of the street. So, my first Pride was not an ideal experience, but I plan to spend every year making up for it!


What does Pride mean to you?


Every year Pride reminds me how much I love being gay. I think most of us spend our entire lives trying to find ourselves and feel comfortable in our own skin, but for me Pride has always been one of those rare occasions where it’s almost impossible to be inauthentic.

 

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