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Shane Stevens Previews 'Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys'

by AOL Music Staff, posted Nov 18th 2011 4:00PM
Shane Stevens is an openly gay hit country songwriter, pop recording artist and reality TV star, making his debut on tonight's (Nov. 18) season two premiere of the Sundance Channel's 'Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys.' As the TV show's title implies, the co-writer of Lady Antebellum's 'American Honey' has his best straight girl friend, country singer Sherrié Austin, proudly standing by her boy who likes boys.

The pair make up one of four Nashville-based couples whose lives, relationships, differing viewpoints and common ground are documented throughout the 12-week series. It may be groundbreaking stuff for Nashville and country music, but for Shane, who has had his songs cut by artists ranging from Jordin Sparks to Montgomery Gentry, it's another facet in a life he refuses to live in the shadows. Another aspect of Shane's personality that's explored openly in the series is his unabashed Christianity. He is, in fact, a self-professed "Jesus freak."

In addition to documenting Shane's life as a gay man, the TV series focuses on his burgeoning music career, and his just-released single, 'Back to Earth.' Also featured is the launching of Sherrié's comeback album, 'Circus Girl,' also released this week. The two "besties" share vocals on 'Naughty or Nice,' a flirtatious Christmas tune on the album. To the initial dismay of the show's producers, however, Sherrié says their friendship definitely has more of the "nice."

Perhaps the most dramatic aspects of the show are Shane's recollections of growing up -- and ultimately getting away from -- an oppressive environment.

"I would put my whole life out there, my struggles, my questions," Shane says. "I don't have all the answers, I haven't figured it all out. I just know that I trust in God. I know that he loves me and loves everyone in this world has only the best things for us. I don't care what other people think. I am a die-hard Jesus fanatic. I ran from God for 30 years of my life. I had a massive encounter with the Lord that changed my life. Everything is possible. Before, everything felt hopeless. That's the reason I wanted to do the show -- to show this community that God really loves us exactly how we are, for who we are. It's just unconditional love and grace mercy. I didn't understand that before because I was raised in religion ... that you're going to die and go to hell. I just know that I know that I know that's not true. When you meet who the real God is ... not who all these crazy, so-called Christians say he is, it will change you."

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November 21 2011 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm excited for this, even though I typically wouldn't want to see it. I love Sherrie Austin so much as a person and as a musician. She's incredibly talented.

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