Kidz Bop kid, touring the globe singing family-friendly (often comically sanitized) versions of the day’s biggest pop hits. So Knoche already knows what it’s like play for a roaring crowd of adoring fans—even if they were even younger than he was at the time.But lately he’s been charting his own course to pop superstardom with a more mature, soulful, sexy, and—most importantly—fun new sound all his own, which he entirely self-produces.Hot on the heels of a major 2022, which saw him repping his home state of Texas on NBC’s Eurovision riff American Song Contest (where he ultimately placed 4th) and coming out as bisexual, Knoche’s been releasing some fire new singles which prove he’s got big things again.Just recently, he released the emotive ballad “Please Hurry,” which he calls his most vulnerable song yet.
Now that he’s showing a new side of himself with that fresh new single, we thought it was the perfect time to get to know Knoche even better by inviting him to our rapid-fire Q&A series, Dishin’ It.Read on for our full conversation below, in which Knoche talks about his #1 pop diva, why he’s proud to call himself a LGBTQ+ Texan, and the late-night thoughts that make it hard for him to get to sleep.A post shared by GRANT KNOCHE (@grantknoche)Is there a piece of media—whether a movie, TV series, book, album, games, etc…—that you consider a big part of your own coming-out journey, or that has played an important part in exploring your own queerness?
Why does it stand out to you?This question brings two pieces of media to mind that were very important to me! First, I’d have to say that the movie Love, Simon was super special and influential to me.