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."
Brandon Stansell’s new single “Top Shelf” has the country singer/songwriter savoring every moment of a new relationship. The infectious tune showcases the rising artist and LGBTQ+ advocate’s sultry falsetto coupled with polished pop-country production and an infectious beat bound to get the feet tapping.
Music serves as the great unifier, and country music is rampant with messages celebrating inclusive love. The people who work for CMT are always proud of the network’s LGBTQ fans, and in observance of Pride month, the network has chosen five LGBTQ artists you need to know who are doing their part to unify music fans of all backgrounds.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Country music videos in 2018 were a mix of the poignant and the empowering, as some clips movingly told end-of-life tales and others glamorously celebrated independence. Others still lampooned the very art of making videos. Here’s the 10 must-watch clips of the year.
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.
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.”
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.
We’ve taken our time to write up this article about Brandon Stansell’s incredible new music video because it has certainly hit home. Striking hearts around the world, the music video for “Hometown” is certainly touching. The single and music video follows the release of “For You” single and music video – which starred Eureka O’Hara.
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.
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.
You have to laugh to keep from crying learning about the hard conversations rising artist Brandon Stansell endured during his time as a closeted gay man.
It’s a pain that many who keep that massive secret to themselves know well. From the age of six when he first knew he was gay to the time of his coming out at age 22, Stansell often listened to loved ones who didn’t accept members of the LGBTQ community trash talk everything about their private lives.
For years the art community has supported those facing the challenges of HIV. Chattanooga CARES Foundation will continue this tradition on Saturday, Sept. 22, by bringing together some of the area’s performing and visual artists all in support of Cempa Community Care.
Arts for CARES: Paradiso e Inferno will be held at The Turnbull Building on 1400 Fort St. Doors open at 7 p.m.
LGBTQ civil rights organization Equality California will honor comedian Kathy Griffin and the Netflix reality series Queer Eye on Sept. 29.
The revived powerhouses are being lauded at the Los Angeles Equality Awards along with Jewel's Catch One nightclub founder Jewel Thais-Williams. Taking place at the Marriott Hotel downtown, the gala will be hosted by comedian Dana Goldberg with performances by Brandon Stansell, DJ MASHA and Vanderpump Rules' Billie Lee.
Singer-songwriter Brandon Stansell recently released his summer time single, "For You". Premiering on Billboard, he released the music video to his bright, love-laced track “For You,” starring RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Eureka O’Hara
You’ve never heard country music like this before. While the genre has faced some skepticism in the past, Brandon Stansell is delivering on a whole new level. As one of the few openly gay country artists, Stansell is working hard and using his music to change the stigma around the LGBTQ community. He is no stranger to the difficult and cut-throat music business, but is optimistic and proud of the growing trend of acceptance.
It's our anniversary: for the past year,Billboard Pride has caught you up on the latest and greatest bops by queer musicians and fierce allies though our playlist Queer Necessities. Each month's selections are curated by NYC-based DJ and tastemaker Jon ALi, who is the founder of pop music entertainment destination Jon ALi's Blog.
Don't forget to follow Queer Necessities on Spotify to keep up-to-date on the best musical offerings from the LGBTQ community. Check out August’s selections below.
This month's list of new country artists to watch is diverse, to say the least.
Each act brings a unique quality to the musical landscape — from Lucie Silvas' undeniably soulful voice to Brandon Stansell's important LGBTQ awareness (plus his thoughtful lyrics). On this Who's RISING Now? list you'll also find three powerhouse women who tell authentic stories through powerful songs.
Brandon Stansell is a breath of fresh air in country music. His love for classic stories of love and heartbreak stems from icons like Dolly and Shania, but his openness about his sexuality is what's going to change the direction of the genre.
We have a new music video from Brandon Stansell, and gosh does it show an empowering story! The visual is for the amazingly addictive track “For You“, and co-stars Eureka O’Hara who is best known for her time on season nine and ten of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where she came 11th and 2nd respectively.
Singer-songwriter Brandon Stansell has released the music video to his bright, love-laced track “For You,” starring RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Eureka O’Hara.
Premiering on Billboard today (July 24), the music video follows a playful, love-at-first-sight storyline with Stansell teaching O’Hara to see her own beauty, transforming her into an even fiercer version of herself now confident enough to approach her newfound crush.
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!