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Gay Country Artist Has Grand Kickstarter Success

SteveGrandLarryKingSteve with Larry KingFans have catapulted openly gay independent artist Steve Grand’s Kickstarter campaign to one of the top 10 most funded music projects in Kickstarter’s history – and counting.

This milestone was reached on March 6, just 9 days after launching the campaign to fund Steve’s first album. The “top 10” milestone is just the latest example of the determination fans have shown right from the start:

  • Just 17 hours after launch on Feb. 26, fans busted through Steve’s $81,000 goal.
  • Within 24 hours, the project had been shared roughly 9,000 times on Facebook, and more than 1,600 private consumers had stepped up to fund his dream.
  • In under 2 days, the project became one of only 32 out of 27,000+ total music projects in Kickstarter’s history to be successfully funded at $100,000 or more.
  • Within 5 days, fans had pledged double Steve’s original funding goal.
  • Within 9 days, on March 6, the project became one of the top 10 most funded music projects in Kickstarter’s history – and counting.
    Steve added: "I'm honoured that Larry King (pictured) stepped up to be the first supporter of my Kickstarter project by writing me a cheque in the middle of the interview!"

    Now, with just days left, fans are unstoppable in what has become a full-blown movement in support of an openly gay independent artist. Today, more than 3,400+ backers have pledged nearly $230,000 - and counting.

    Not long ago, Steve Grand was a little-known Chicago singer-songwriter. But that changed July 2, 2013, when his self-funded music video, “All-American Boy,” posted to YouTube. The song - about unrequited love between two men - went viral, accumulating more than 2.75 million views, landing Steve in the international spotlight. Everyone from CNN to Good Morning America covered his story, as Grand was quickly referred to as the first openly gay male artist in US Country music. named "All-American Boy" the Best Music Video Of 2013 in our annual Best Of List.

    “I am blown away by what my fans are doing,” Steve said. “This is no longer just an album. It’s a grassroots movement. Most of the contributions are from gifts of $10, $15 or $25. My fans aren’t satisfied with giving just enough to get this record produced. They seem determined to put this album on the same playing field with artists who are backed by major labels. Their message is clear: ‘The sky is the limit. Let’s see how far we can go!’ Every dollar now means we can market and promote this album to an even wider audience – and make our voices heard on an international scale.”

    Click here to learn more and get involved in Steve's Kickstarter campaign!

    Last modified onTuesday, 18 March 2014 01:47
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