Sunday, January 01, 2017

Out Country Singer Brandon Stansell: "I Want My Music to Have a Positive Impact on People"

Posted by Shane Smith, Editor, Stonewall Gazette

Out singer/songwriter Brandon Stansell has been busy promoting his a new single, “Slow Down” and recently spoke with Patrick Hickey Jr at Review Fix. Hickey says that Ty Herndon, the award-winning and openly gay country singer, is featured on the new track. Read an excerpt from the interview and watch the music video below!

Review Fix: About How important are LGBT issues to you?

Brandon Stansell: Extremely. I think if you have ever been in a position where policy dictates whether or not you get to keep your job and/or marry the person you love, politics and the fight for LGBT rights becomes really important really quick. Even though things have been moving in a positive direction over the past few years, this past week is a clear indicator that not everyone feels the same way I do, and the fight for our most basic human rights is not over. Though it can be tiring and often times frustrating to have to continually try to convince others that you deserve the same rights afforded to them, I will say, the upside to having to stand up for yourself so often is that your legs end up being a lot stronger than your counter parts’. And I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I have some pretty big hams these days.

Review Fix: How do you want your music to affect people?

Brandon Stansell: Most importantly, I want people to enjoy the music. The goal has always been to write things that people want to sing along to, whether it’s something fun and upbeat or something a little bit heavier on the heart. Regardless, I want my music to have a positive impact on people. I want those listening to see themselves in the lyrics. I want people to walk away feeling that someone else has felt the way they do and that maybe we’re not as alone in this world as we can sometimes feel.

WATCH: Brandon Stansell's "Slow Down"

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