Country singer Steve Grand could ''die happy'' after his gay cowboy song 'All American Boy' notched up half a million YouTube hits in a week.
Steve Grand could ''die happy'' after the success of 'All American Boy'.
The gay cowboy song has amassed over 500,000 views on YouTube since it was uploaded last week, and Steve - who has no record deal - is ecstatic with the response and welcomes being hailed the first openly-gay country star.
He told Newsday.com: ''I would die a happy man today.''
The video for the track cost just $7,000, and was funded by Steve, 23, maxing out his credit card to afford it.
The video portrays a young gay man who misreads signals from an apparently straight all-American male friend.
Steve says it was inspired by his own experience, revealing: ''I was a 13-year-old boy [at camp]. One of my counselors was warm and strong and he took an interest in me, not sexually, but as a friend, and it really moved me. I remember leaving with a horrible ache in my heart.''
The song's theme of heartbreak has inspired many posts of encouragement from people around the world, including singer Lance Bass and actor John Barrowman, and Steve has been moved by them all.
He told TheBackLot.com: ''I'm just completely in over my head with this, you know? The emails people have sent me, the Facebook messages, the comments on Facebook, the comments on YouTube - it's overwhelming.
''I want so badly to get back to these people because they're sharing really personal stories with me, and I'm not a crier, but I'm so moved by the people who've reached out to me and told me how my song is their life story.
''It's an amazing thing. It's all you can hope for as a songwriter, to resonate with people emotionally.''
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