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With new album due out on March 24, Steve Grand talks about the impact of “All-American Boy”

We’ve been waiting a long time for Steve Grand to release his debut album and I have every confidence that it will have been well worth waiting for.

He’s a special talent and a special man.

‘I swear, I feel like I’ve been working on this album for 12 years,’ he says in this new video.

His self-financed video All-American Boy got 1 million views in eight days in the summer of 2013. What impacted him wasn’t just the attention to his song about a gay man who fals in love with his straight best friend, but the connection it had with people.

‘What really made a difference for me is so many people would write in – tell me their stories of their All-American Boy that got away. … That made me realize this is why I did this – to connect people and to connect with people.’

While it seems like US society is making more strides towards acceptance of LGBT people, Grand knows there’s still a long ways to go.

“While people say this is no big deal anymore. Who cares? You know who cares are the kids that are really struggling with this. The kids who feel like they would still rather be dead than live life as a gay person,” Grand also says in the video. “I’m thinking about them all the time when I’m doing these things. Because deep down we really all just want to loved, we want to experience love, we want to give love, we want to take in love, and we want to feel valued and understood.”

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