Steve Grand became an overnight sensation when his gay-themed music video, "All American Boy," went viral shortly after being posted on YouTube last week.
The video has racked up more than 650,000 views in just six days--an accomplishment on par with some of the most successful artists currently working in the music industry.
However, the independent singer/songwriter wasn't always as comfortable with his sexuality as he appears in his hit video, and has revealed to ABC that he once endured so-called gay-to-straight reparative therapy after he told his family he was gay.
"I felt like I really was a shame to my parents," Grand said. "I felt like there was no way I could ever make them proud and I felt like I was a constant disappointment."
Since coming to terms with his sexuality, Grand says he was driven to tell the story of his popular power-ballad, risking everything he had to make "All American Boy" a reality.
"I went into credit card debt," Grand said. "I funded the song myself because I was so obsessed with telling this story and it has resonated with thousands of people. "
Watch ABC's interview with the out singer in the video below.
See the full music video for "All-American Boy" below.