After ditching his South African tour two years ago, proudly gay American singer Steve Grand will finally perform in the country, for one show only.
The 25-year-old hunky star disappointed local fans in November 2013 when he cancelled a series of planned shows at the last minute due to contractual obligations to record his début album.
Grand, who released the album All American Boy last year, is now set to perform live at the Mince LGBT Festival in Cullinan, east of Pretoria, on Saturday 5th March.
He will take to the main stage at around 7.40pm at the event, which is presenting a host of entertainers over the weekend.
The former underwear model was at first rejected by the music industry because of his gay-affirming lyrics and was forced to self-produce his music, recording vocals in his parents’ basement.
The impressive self-financed video for his soulful début single All American Boy exploded on the internet and made him an overnight sensation around the world. (Read our 2013 interview with Grand here.)
In a recent video, the star said he was unapologetic about using his good looks and physique to make an impact on audiences.
“Fuck yes I’m using my looks to my advantage,” he admitted. “It’s a competitive world out there. Are you not using everything that you have to better yourself and to make yourself as competitive as possible in this world?
“If you’re not doing that, you’re not being very smart and you’re going to be left behind so use what you have,” he said.
Catch Steve Grand at the Mince Festival from 4 to 5 March. Book your tickets (starting at R150 for a day pass) through Computicket.