[Wide Open Country] Brandon Stansell Talks Bubbly New Single 'Top Shelf' and Telling LGBTQ+ Stories in Country Music

Rising country star Brandon Stansell celebrates new love on his effervescent, summer-ready new single "Top Shelf." The song, which Stansell wrote with his friend and frequent writing partner Mylen, compares being in love with the intoxicating feeling of sipping top shelf liquor.

"We have great people in our lives and we started throwing around this idea for 'top shelf' as a metaphor for the good people that we have...My friends call me a singer of sad songs, which is normally my forte," Stansell tells Wide Open Country, laughing. "So it's really nice to have a new upbeat song to throw in the mix -- especially in the summer."

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[Grammy] VINCINT, Brandon Stansell, Linda Perry & More LGBTQ+ Artists Share Their Journeys To Self-Acceptance

They came from many different backgrounds. But together, they formed an unshakable alliance on the Clive Davis Theater stage at the GRAMMY Museum. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in the run-up to the 61st GRAMMY Awards, the Museum, in conjunction with Recording Academy, Ally Coalition, GLAAD and Out Magazine, hosted an hour-long panel titled Empowered: LGBTQ + Voices in Music. Moderated by the Recording Academy Editor In Chief, Digital Content & Strategy Justin Joseph and Out Magazine's Entertainment and Culture Editor Tre’vell Anderson, the hour featured seven panelists, most of whom identified as LGBTQ+ and ranged in age from 16 to 53, sharing their varied experiences breaking through in the music industry, and even striking out on their own.

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[Good] Country singer Brandon Stansell movingly tells his coming out story in powerful new music video.

The face of country music is changing as LGBTQ country fans are finding representation in the genre.

Singer Brandon Stansell is leading that change by being open and honest about his sexuality. “10 years ago there was no way you could be LGBTQ and in country music,” Stansell said in an interview with GOOD, adding he felt like “an island” growing up as an LGBTQ country music fan in Tennessee. “There was never a question that I was going to not talk about who I was.”

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[Mega Country] Brandon Stansell Discusses Single 'Hometown'

Rising country artist Brandon Stansell is making a name for himself and he’s using some genuine talent and raw story telling to do so! His latest single “Hometown” is a song that really hits close to home, showcasing the hardships that often come when coming out to one’s family, but especially when not everyone is supportive. With such an emotional tune, we had to sit down with the budding star and learn the story behind the lyrics.

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[Billboard] 50 Stellar Songs by LGBTQ Artists That You Might Have Missed in 2018 (But Shouldn't Have)

Since Hayley Kiyoko’s “#20GAYTEEN” hashtag went viral on New Year’s Day, 2018 has been an impressive year for LGBTQ musicians, with Troye Sivan, Janelle Monáe, Halsey and Kiyoko herself all highlighting the rainbow hues in pop culture. But not every queer musician got the attention they deserved: Across genres -- from hip-hop to K-pop, from folk to house -- queer artists released some of the coolest, most forward-thinking music without due fanfare.

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[Huffington Post] With ‘Hometown,’ Brandon Stansell Wants To Remind LGBTQ Country Fans They’re Not Alone

Brandon Stansell emerged on the music scene in 2015 as a brooding, Tennessee-bred Romeo grappling with his quest for love. The country singer-songwriter’s latest video, however, relays a different type of heartbreak. 

Directed by Trent Atkinson, “Hometown” depicts the anguish that Stansell said he experienced after he came out as gay to his conservative family a decade ago. 

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[Billboard] Brandon Stansell Talks Emotional 'Hometown' Video & Being Openly Gay in Country Music: 'Visibility Is Important'

Country music may not be known for being inclusive to LGBTQ artists, but rising musician Brandon Stansell is redefining the genre one soulful song at a time.

“I think that people, especially in the south, who listen to country music are more open and loving than we give them credit to be,” says the doe-eyed 31-year-old. “We just have to give them the opportunity to show us.”

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[Elite Daily] Brandon Stansell’s “Hometown” Music Video Makes An Important Point About Coming Out

Did a new country singer express the struggle of being queer in a conservative area and the solace of chosen family all in one music video? It certainly seems like it. Now playing on CMT, Brandon Stansell’s “Hometown” Music Video navigates coming out, feeling rejected by your family, finding your own queer and ally community, and holding space for all parts of yourself — in just under five minutes.

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[PRIDE] Brandon Stansell Is Making Country Queer Inclusive with 'Hometown'

Brandon Stansell wants country music to be more inclusive and representative of queers, and in his newest single "Hometown," the singer-songwriter does just that. PRIDE caught up with Brandon in preparation for the exclusive premiere of the video for the song, and he shares his own story growing up in a small Tennessee suburb, and how all the love he experienced as a child was taken away the moment he came out as gay.

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[OUT] Brandon Stansell Finds His Chosen Family in 'Hometown' Video

Gay country singer Brandon Stansell just released his latest music video for "Hometown," which had a broadcast premiere on CMT. As one of the few out country singers, he's making his mark on the industry in this bittersweet video.

The video is inspired by Stansell's own coming out experience. It depicts an unfortunate conversation with his mother that leads to him out on the street. But with a group of friends supporting him, he discovers the queer rite of passage that is the chosen family.

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