Former child actor Brian Falduto, who gained international recognition for his role as “Fancy Pants” in the hit movie School of Rock, has transformed himself into a bonafide country star with the release of his debut album “Gay Country.” The 8-track LP, which was released on March 10, features anthemic, playful, and heartfelt songs that pay homage to classic 90s/early 2000s country music.
Co-written by Falduto and recorded in Nashville, “Gay Country” is a celebration of the queer country genre that has been missing from mainstream music for too long. The album’s lead single, “Same Old Country Love Song,” went viral on TikTok, receiving love from Falduto’s School of Rock co-star Jack Black and influencer Tate Hoskins.
Throughout the album, Falduto honors the country stars of his youth, including Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, Rascal Flatts, and The Chicks. He hopes that his music will provide a sense of joy, laughter, and belonging to those who need it most.
Falduto established himself as a passionate singer-songwriter and recording artist in 2020 with the release of “God Loves Me Too,” a song and music video that offers love and acceptance to queer youth of faith. The song was chosen as the Loud & Proud feature on Apple Country’s Proud Radio and garnered support from LGBTQIA+ organizations such as The Trevor Project, GLAAD, and Beloved Arise.
Falduto’s journey to becoming a queer country artist hasn’t been easy. He once struggled with his identity as an artist in the country music lane, fearing that his queerness would not be accepted by his audience. However, thanks to the influence of trailblazers like Kacey Musgraves, Orville Peck, Lil Nas X, TJ Osbourne, Brandi Carlile, and Ty Herndon, Falduto has learned to embrace his true self and boldly pursue his passion for country music.
Falduto’s “Gay Country” album is a testament to his growth and self-discovery as an artist. He hopes that it will offer a space for fellow queer country fans to connect with themselves and each other. Falduto is excited to continue achieving country accolades with love, passion, and empathy, and to prove that being true to oneself is the key to success.