Steve Grand to perform at March On Springfield, Oct. 22

Tue. September 17, 2013 8:58 AM by News Staff

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March on Springfield for Marriage Equality, Oct. 22, 2013

Chicago, IL - Organizers of March on Springfield have announced that out singer-songwriter Steve Grand will perform "All American Boy" live at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality.

On July 2, the aspiring Chicago-based singer-songwriter released the song and 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.

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."

On the heels of the smash success of "All-American Boy," Grand released his latest song and video, "Stay," on Sept. 6.

Grand and half a dozen other artists, who have donated their time, will perform at Noon on Tuesday, Oct. 22, the scheduled first day of the fall veto session of the Illinois state legislature. The March on Springfield rally begins at 1 p.m., followed by a march around the state capitol at 2:30 p.m.

The March on Springfield is part of a broad grassroots strategy to secure final passage of Senate Bill 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, already approved by the Illinois Senate. If adopted, Illinois would become the 14th state plus the District of Columbia to allow full marriage equality.

For more information on the March on Springfield visit

Related: interview with Steve Grand