Steve Grand performs at Northalsted Market Days

Tue. August 13, 2013 12:02 PM by News Staff

steve grand performs northalsted market days

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Chicago, IL - Out singer-songwriter Steve Grand performed his hit single "All-American Boy" during this weekend's Northalsted Market Days in his hometown of Chicago.

Grand performed his viral gay-themed love song "All-American Boy" just prior to Wilson Phillips on Saturday.

On July 2, the aspiring singer-songwriter released the video for "All-American Boy," a country-rock ballad about unrequited love. The video attracted more than 1 million views in less than a week.

When first featured Grand on July 4 he was a relatively unknown singer/songwriter, since he has attracted the attention of media outlets across the country, including Good Morning America, the Associated Press, Windy City Live and multiple LGBT publications.

Grand, who graduated from Lemont High School in 2008, discovered he was gay in eighth grade. Although "All-American Boy" is based on his own experience falling for a straight friend during summer camp, Grand said the story is one that transcends sexual orientation.

"We've all fallen for someone that we can't have, but it especially rings true in the specific story for LGBT people," Grand said in a July 18 interview with "It is the story of my life since I was 13. I was always crushing on the straight guy."

Aaron Carter, Kat Graham, David Cassidy, Lynda Carter, 10,000 Maniacs and another Chicago-native, Branden James, also performed at the annual street fair in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood.

Related: Interview with Steve Grand

"All-American Boy" by Steve Grand