[CMT] CODY CAST EPISODE 41: Brandon Stansell

Country newcomer Brandon Stansell lights up the room with his cheerful energy and infectious laugh. The singer is making waves in the country space with his new single “For You” and making headlines as a trailblazer for the LGBTQ community! Brandon sat down with Cody Alan this week to discuss his new single and what we can expect from him in the near future. The up and comer is turning heads in the country music industry while pushing boundaries within the genre. Tune in to hear what he has to say!

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[Direct Lyrics] Exclusive Interview: Brandon Stansell On New Single “For You”, Being A Gay Country Singer & His Love For Dolly Parton And Years & Years!

Pride month is already over but the cause of the LGBTQ community pushes on, so is the career of gay country singer Brandon Stansell, who has just released a new single titled “For You”. Being a proud gay singer in the country music world in the U.S is no easy job, especially when you’re fighting to break the mold, which is for country musicians to represent all people, and not just straight white males, but Brandon is carrying on. Last year he released a full-length album titled “Slow Down” that received positives reviews and just last week he’s gave fans this fantastic new single “For You”. Will be this song be part of larger project? Make sure to read our exclusive interview with Brandon to get that answer and many more concerning Brandon’s career, his fight to break the mold within the country music community, his favorites songs of the moment, his dream collaboration, among many others.

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[CelebMix] Brandon Stansell Releases New Single “For You”

This week has seen quite a few releases, but this one song is so iconic that we had to write up about it. Brandon Stansell has brought another epic song to his music releases and we just love to listen to it. It’s titled “For You” – and it isn’t a cover of Liam Payne & Rita Ora’s song “For You” nor is it a cover of Joakim Molitor & Cher Lloyd’s song “4U“, it’s his own original song that is just as addicting and full of love.

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[Medium] How To Flourish On And Off The Stage With Artist Brandon Stansell

We live in a media frenzy world and as recording artists we are expected to give that world inside view to who we are both on and off stage. Today we examine the impact this has on an artist, coping mechanisms, and some insights for fans to consider when engaging and supporting your favorite artists. Brandon Stansell is a bold new voice blending his Nashville Country Music roots with his new ‘California Country’ sound. As he is making headway in this genre as a singer and songwriter, Stansell has encountered the challenges of sharing both sides of his world and figured out his way to flourish.

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[Out & About Nashville] RPDR's Eureka joins country performer Brandon Stansell for music video

Fresh off the season 10 finale of RuPaul's Drag Race, Tennessee's own Eureka joined fellow Tennessean Brandon Stansell in the creation of a music video for his brand new single, "For You."

The song is scheduled for release on July 12, but for now the two have chosen to tease us with this FaceTime discussion the two shared shortly before the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race season 10.

Look for the video to premiere at Billboard Pride on July 24.

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[Sports & Entertainment Nashville] Brandon Stansell: A strong voice for advocacy

Brandon Stansell is in an upbeat mood after coming off his first CMA Music Festival. To be certain, it’s a pressure-packed event, not only because you’re playing for thousands of music-hungry fans but also, and perhaps more importantly, in front of Nashville’s industry power brokers. But by all accounts, he aced his initial big test. Stansell was featured in one of the week’s best attended shows, the Concert for Love and Acceptance at the Wildhorse Saloon, presented by Ty Herndon and GLAAD. The concert featured an all-star lineup, including Vince Gill, Cam, Tanya Tucker, Michael Ray, Thompson Square and Cassadee Pope.

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[A PLUS] Brandon Stansell On Coming Out And Finding A Home In Country Music

Like a lot of the community, coming out was a hard time for me. I grew up in a small town in Tennessee in a pretty conservative Southern Baptist family. When I came out at 22, though, that same family — that I adored — didn't really know what to do with me. They had a harsh reaction to the news. A lot of things were said and done that we all probably wish we could forget. So the initial experience of being myself inadvertently left me feeling unloved, alone, and scared.

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[INTO] Hannah Hart Partners with INTO, GLAAD and BuzzFeed to Throw Live Event and Raise Money for Queer Youth

We are trying to break the queer internet and need your help. 

On June 29th, we will be taking over GLAAD’s YouTube page with a must see live-stream of our first ever Pride Live! event that will stream live from the YouTube Space in Los Angeles. The multi-stage event is being thrown alongside our friends at BuzzFeed and will harness the power of celebrities and social media to raise $50,000 for LGBTQ youth.

One-hundred percent of proceeds raised will go toward GLAAD’s youth initiatives, including their Amp Your Voice campaign which empowers LGBTQ young people to speak up, speak out, register to vote, and then take the issues that matter most to them to the polls on November 6th, 2018.

Exclusive performances will feature Brandon Stansell, The Voice finalist Stephanie Rice, soul singer Shea Diamond, YouTube Sensation Tsui and more.  Oh, and it’s hosted by the incomparable Hannah Hart. 

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[CMT] PHOTOS: Inside Nashville’s Concert for Love and Acceptance

When Michael Ray performed at Nashville’s Concert for Love and Acceptance last week, he took a moment onstage to express what it meant to him to be part of the 2018 event.

CMT and GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) host the show annually during CMA Fest to support country music fans within the LGBTQ community.

“I want to help kids, that battle in their minds,” Ray said. “They think, ‘Oh my god, is someone going to love me? Is someone going to accept me?’ Yes. You want to know why? [It’s] because we’re all human. You can take a straight man’s heart and put it in a gay man’s body, and put a gay man’s heart in a straight man’s body, and it beats on because we’re all human. And we’re all made of love.”

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[Wide Open Country] Nashville’s ‘Concert for Love and Acceptance’ Puts Pride Front and Center in Music City

An eclectic cast of musicians and celebrities gathered to celebrate Pride at the Concert For Love And Acceptance in Nashville. Presented by GLAAD and Ty Herndon, the star-studded event took place during CMA Fest at Nashville’s newly renovated Wildhorse Saloon.

Now in its third year, the concert to “accelerate acceptance” of the LGBTQ community greeted a sold out crowd. CMT’s Cody Alan hosted the event, quipping his pin stripe suit was “the only straight thing about me.” One of country media’s most recognizable faces and voices, Alan came out as gay in early 2017.

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[Out & About Nashville] ‘Hometown’ singer Brandon Stansell returns for CMA Fest

In Nashville, June means festivals galore. Pride is our favorite, of course, but none of June’s festivals is more Nashville than CMA Fest. For the last few years, though, thanks to Ty Herndon, in partnership with GLAAD and others, a little bit of pride has snuck its way into this most Country of events. 

The 2018 Concert for Love and Acceptance is scheduled for June 7 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, taking place the night after the *CMT Music Awards*. This concert as always will feature a coalition of artists and celebrities appearing and performing to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ community. Ty Herndon and CMT’s Cody Alan will host, and the event will feature performances by Herndon, as well as Terri Clark, Cassadee Pope, Michael Ray, Calum Scott, Brandon Stansell, and more. 

This year, to preview the concert, we caught up with Stansell, an out gay country singer with deep roots in Tennessee. Stansell grew up in Chattanooga, but he’s no stranger to Nashville.  

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[Sounds Like Nashville] Vince Gill, Cam + More Embrace Acceptance at Ty Herndon Concert

There’s always a sense of enthusiasm artists bring to a performance, but there was a true feeling of pride when the multitude of stars took the stage at the Wildhorse Saloon for the 2018 Concert For Love and Acceptance. Host Ty Herndon partnered with GLAAD to present the concert that brings together artists from across the spectrum, with Cam, Michael Ray, Tanya Tucker, Thompson Square, Vince Gill and more lending their support to the event that celebrates the LGBTQ community and benefits at-risk youth.

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[Refinery 29] How Country Music Became A Safe(r) Space For LGBTQ+ Artists

When you're a gay teenager who grows up in the South, it's just as hard to avoid country music as it is easy to realize that country music isn't made for you. Sure, country songs are brimming with love stories (some happy, some sad, and some furious), but good luck finding a song or music video in which two men fall in love under the twinkling stars or a woman mourns the loss of her girlfriend. (And if you're looking for country music about questioning your gender, forget it). For a long time, it seemed as if country music and LGBTQ+ people were like oil and vinegar. But even oil and vinegar mix if you shake them hard enough, and in the past few years, several country stars have done their best to shake up the industry.

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