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BRIAN JUSTIN CRUM # SUN. 6/30 4:05 P.M.

STONEWALL MAIN STAGE PRESENTED BY BAYER

 

“I’m putting together a brand new show for St Louis. I’ll be serving a mix of my favorite covers from the past and debuting my new single “I&U!” Get ready to dance and have some fun!” says singer-songwriter Brian Justin Crum. This year, Crum will be performing for Pride St. Louis on the Stonewall Main Stage, Presented by Bayer. 

 

At seven years old, Crum was already telling his mother he was going to be a star. He has been on quite a journey ever since. Fresh out of high school, he was cast on Broadway in "Wicked,” subsequently landing roles in the musicals "Altar Boyz," "Grease" and "Next to Normal."

 

Then the role as Galileo Figaro in Queen's rock theatrical "We Will Rock You” earned him reviews that celebrated his performance as a "triumph" and a handful of awards for Best Actor.

 

Crum had major break through after Broadway with success on the 11th season of “America’s Got Talent,” where he placed fourth overall. His biggest success from the show came from clips of his performances going viral and garnering new fans and a social media following. He’s even had success being a Billboard chart topping artist, spending weeks on the Dance/Electronic charts.

 

Being an out LGBTQ+ performer is important to Crum saying that he is, “Very proud to be an out man singing pop music.” He has been openly gay since a young age, which led to bullying that was highlighted on AGT, but he says he’s more than that.

 

“We, as LGBTQ+ people, are told from the time we’re very young, that sexuality is something to be ashamed of,” says Crum. “I want to show people out there it’s nothing to be shameful for, that we should be proud and celebrate.”

 

Openly identifying as gay has given Crum the opportunity to perform at Pride events, such as in Phoenix, where he paints a picture of the sun just setting, the crowd being vast, a breeze was blowing and he was singing. “It was an awe moment for me. I was so filled with gratitude. Not only was I living my dream but I was getting to live it as my most authentic self. Very proud to be an out man singing pop music,” he says.

 

For Crum, Pride is a chance to release personal notions of shame and if even for just one moment, strip oneself of apologizing and dance. “I feel the most confident and sure of myself when I’m on stage and performing. It’s the rest of life that gets me in my head and when I feel insecure. Music and the creating and performing of it is where I feel safe,” he says.

 

Crum’s passion for Pride expresses a message that is at the core meaning of Pride. “It’s really about getting this incredibly special community of people together. To celebrate who we are with no shame. I want to continue to urge our community to leave judgment at the door,” he says.

 

The 40th Anniversary St. Louis PrideFest will be held the weekend of June 29-30, 2019 in downtown St Louis. Past attendance has seen over 200,000 people in Soldier's Memorial Park and at Sunday's annual Pride Parade presented by MasterCard  (on Market Street  from 8th to Union Station at 12 noon). More information can be found at PrideSTL.org.

 

 

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