Nearly a year and a half after the launch of his Kickstarter campaign for the album All-American Boy, musician Steve Grand sat down with Billboard to share details about his crowdfunding experience and the new record.
All-American Boy was released earlier this year and within just thirty days, it has managed to hit the American top music charts. The media outlet reports that the album bows at No. 47 on the Billboard 200, No. 27 on Top Album Sales and No. 3 on Independent Albums.
The new record features 12 tracks written by Grand and the music is described as being all about the roller coaster ride of being human: love and loss, hope and regret, triumph and the struggles of growing up – all through the lens of Grand’s own experiences.
While chatting with the publication, Grand stated:
“I’ve definitely learned a lot from [the Kickstarter]. I would definitely do some things very differently. Like, not offer to draw people’s faces for $25 and then get 200 of them.”
“I’ve learned that there’s a lot of good things about being on a label, now that I know everything that you have to do without being on a label.”
Also discussion the album, Grand explained:
“There’s a song where I’m really using a lot of religious references. … I don’t think I ever expressed my deserved anger at the church for everything that I see it responsible for, in terms of what I struggled with as a kid in being gay and the messages that I was told. I think that I’m taking out my anger a little bit on all of that.”
Grand went on to add that he also has a series of live shows lined up through October, including a series of pride festivals in cities like Cleveland, Ohio (Aug. 8th) and Louisville, Kentucky (Sept. 19).
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