The whole package! Steve Grand in DNA magazine (Pic: Tom Cullis)

The whole package! Steve Grand in DNA magazine
(Pic: Tom Cullis)

Yee-haw! There are plans for Steve Grand, America’s first openly gay male country singer, to perform in South Africa this December.

Following weeks of rumours, Bruce Walker from Pretoria nightclub Babylon confirmed to Mambaonline that negotiations are in their final stages to bring the hunky singer to the country.

“He’s an inspiration,” said Walker. “Everyone said that he wouldn’t make it as an openly gay country singer and he’s showing them by doing it all himself.”

Grand, who was also an underwear model, was rejected by the music industry and was forced to self-produce his music, recording vocals in his parents’ basement.

The impressive self-financed video for his soulful debut single All-American Boy has been viewed over 2 million times on YouTube and made him an overnight sensation around the world.

According to Walker, Grand is expected to perform in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and in Cape Town at the MCQP party.

“We’re planning on showing him around South Africa. He’ll appreciate that it’s warm here while it cold where he’s from,” added Walker.

More details on Grand’s SA tour will be released soon.

While Grand is being touted as the first-ever openly gay country singer, in February 2012, Canadian country artist Drake Jensen announced that he is gay. He is married to partner Sean Michael Morin, who is also his personal manager.

In May 2010, US country singer Chely Wright became the first female country singer in the US to come out as lesbian.

Watch the video for All-American Boy below.

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