Plenty of people have been smitten by Steve Grand since that day in July 2013 when his self-made video All-American Boy went viral on YouTube.
The openly gay singer gained such a rabid following that he was able to raise $325,000 via Kickstarter to make his debut album – his way.
Grand announced this week that the album will finally be released on 24 March.
Although his debut hit is about a gay man’s unrequited love for his straight friend, the singer says his music is for everybody – gay or straight.
‘The lines of life are blurring,’ Grand tells Out.com. ‘We are seeing that in music as in sexuality and gender identity…There’s nothing different about my music just because I’m gay. I sing about things that I go through, but they are things that we all go through, regardless of sexual orientation.‘
He adds that each song on the album ‘explores some kind of relationship, whether it be a relationship with a romantic partner, a relationship with a friend, a relationship with the past, a relationship with something destructive, a relationship with a community.’