Cannot say THANK YOU enough to all of you who have so generously supported my kickstarter campaign! Forever grateful and moved by your love and support.
Steve Grand: http://facebook.com/SteveGrandArtist personal messages: firstname.lastname@example.org temporary booking and management email: email@example.com
Director and Editor: Jason Knade (http://jasonknade.com) Cinematographer and Colorist: Brendan Leahy 1st AC and Gaffer: Bianca Garcia
"All American Boy" Words and Music by Steve Grand © 2013 Grand Nation Music, LLC (BMI) Steve Grand: Vocals, Piano, Guitar Max Steger: Recording and Mix Engineer; Bass Guitar (www.maxsteger.com) Sammy Del Real: Drums
DOWNLOAD SONG AT: http://stevegrand.bandcamp.com/track/all-american-boy-radio-edit
Pay what you want... whatever you can afford... or nothing at all. But every dollar makes a difference!
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Cast: Nicholas Alan, as the All American Boy Ashley Lobo, as His Girl (www.ashleylobo.com) Regina Marie, as Her Replacement
Extras: An enormous "THANK YOU" to all my friends who drove over 3 hours to be there for this project and partied their faces off all night to create some really beautiful moments... despite the fact it was a Tuesday night and most of you have grown up jobs/school! I can't thank you enough...
Some very special behind-the-scenes people I could not have done this project without, my dear friends and family: Chris Ricchetti: for being my rock and believing in my music and message long before anyone else did (except for Mom and Dad...haha) My best friend and brother Bill, my sister Katie, and Mom and Dad John Dentzman and family for the use of their beautiful Pontiac\ Steve Tomala: I can't believe we got that piano out of our basement... never ended up using the burning piano shots for this video, but one day they will see the light of day. Enldess thanks to you Thank you to Mr. Murphy and his family for graciously allowing me to use his yard for the music performance scenes!
Makeup artists: Melissa Wilson (www.melissawilsonmakeup.com) Lauren Guillen (www.lgmakeupdesign.com)
July 2, 2013
I fought with who I was for most of my life. In every way a young person can fight with himself.
But starting today, I'm laying it out there. I'm done playing it safe.
I'm fortunate to have smart friends who believe in me, but I don't have a manager or a label or any sort of funding other than the money I make playing piano downtown at The Joynt, and also, ironically to some, in the churches on Sunday morning.
As far as the ascetic achievements of the video... lets just say I was lucky to have a good friend introduce me to the best team I could have asked for... who held on to the roller coaster that was this project and dealt with all my intensity and craziness as the true professionals they are.
I wrote the song during a drunken piano jam session at a party. I recorded the vocals in my parents' basement and worked with my friend Max Steger to record and mix the rest of the instruments.
I feel like most music industry people wouldn't like the idea of me "pigeonholing" myself by telling this story as I have. But I don't believe the world sees change until it sees honesty.
So I went in on my own.
I went all in. I'm nervous/excited/horrified/anxious about the effect that all of the choices I am making (and have made throughout my journey of discovering myself as a man and as an artist) will have on my future. But then I remind myself that I never really had a choice. This is the story I've been aching to tell my most of my life... the universal story of longing to be loved...it is what I hold dearest to me.
BUT my story would never have seen the light of day were it not for the people I have listed above, many of whom asked for nothing in return. I know my passion and intensity for this project were a lot to deal with (that might be the understatement of the year.. ;)) Thank you for doing your best to help me keep my sanity... just barely. And thank you for sticking with me; for your flexibility and patience and for helping to bring my vision to life. And to mom and dad... I know you guys don't always understand just what the hell I am trying to do, but continue to love and support me nonetheless. It means everything to me...
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