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.
"It was complicated and tumultuous," Stansell says of his coming out. "My family had a difficult time managing their religious beliefs and the love they had for their son and brother, but eventually prioritized one over the other. I unfortunately got the short end of the stick there. But after almost a decade, I am able to see the good in the bad, and the good is this - these experiences made me who I am, and that is a person I am very proud of... Much like the song itself, the video for 'Hometown' echoes those sentiments that despite all the bad that happened, something good came of it. I made a decision I wasn’t going to live in the hurt anymore, but I was going to be better because of it."
Brandon Stansell's "Hometown" from his new album, Slow Down, is available online. Watch the video below: