Singer-songwriter Steve Grand appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America today to talk about the viral success of his debut song and music video. He became an overnight sensation when his gay-themed music video, “All American Boy,” went viral shortly after being posted on YouTube last week.
The video has racked up more than 700,000 views in just six days — an accomplishment usually reserved for the most successful artists in the music industry.
Grand revealed to ABC that he once endured gay-to-straight reparative therapy after he came out to his family. “I felt like I really was a shame to my parents,” Grand said. “I felt like there was no way I could ever make them proud and I felt like I was a constant disappointment.”
The now 22-year-old singer has since come to terms with his sexuality, and he told ABC News he maxed out his credit card to produce the $7,000 video.
“I went into credit card debt,” Grand said. “I funded the song myself because I was so obsessed with telling this story and it has resonated with thousands of people. “
Watch ABC’s interview with Steve Grand below:
Watch ‘All-American Boy’ below: