Posted: 12:05 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
Larry King said on Larry King Now on Wednesday, “I’ve never done this before– I’m going to give a contribution on the air.”
The veteran talk show host was moved by the meteoric rise of openly-gay singer Steve Grand and his music career that has been driven by social media and YouTube.
Steve, 23, became an Internet sensation when his music video, “All American Boy,” about unrequited love between two men hit YouTube in July. It now has nearly 3 million views. Using money he made from playing in a church choir and maxing out his credit card, he created the $7,000 masterpiece.
That’s because he has bigger fish to fry.
Steve launched a Kickstarter campaign on Wednesday to fund an entire album. His goal? $81,000. As of Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT, he raised more than $60,000. The Chicago native says, “I want my fans to be my music label.”
Larry, who predicted “Back To California” would be a hit, pulled out his checkbook and was the first to make a contribution. As thank you — for Larry and anyone else who makes a $25 contribution — Steve drew a sketch of Larry and handed it to him.
On Facebook, the young artist wrote, “I’m honored to have been interviewed so early in my career by the legendary Larry King! And THANK YOU, @KingsThings, for being the first to back my Kickstarter campaign! “
If Steve raised more than his goal — and it looks like it — he says the rest of the money will be used for radio promotion.