You probably remember Brian Justin Crum from Season 11 of NBC’s hit reality competition “America’s Got Talent.” He finished in fourth place, and videos of his performances blew up YouTube, especially when he returned earlier this year for “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” His performance of Elton John’s “Your Song” took him to the finals and won standing ovations and raves from the judges. And Crum, he admitted in an interview with Between The Lines, was not surprised.
“I had sung that song so many times and felt so comfortable with it,” he said. “It was fun to play with it and make it my own. Definitely a favorite of mine.”
Still, Crum said he wasn’t always able to sing his favorites on the show.
“I really love my first two song choices but full disclosure, once we got into the live shows I didn’t feel like I had much of a choice,” said Crum. “Same goes with ‘Champions.’ They were very opinionated about what I would sing.”
But don’t think that Crum harbors any resent toward the show. Quite the opposite is true.
“It has totally changed my life,” he said. “All of these shows are the same in that what happens next is up to you. It’s all about the follow-through and ‘feeding the beast.’”
Crum’s latest offering is the single “I & U.” Produced by Michel “Lindgren” Schulz, the song was written by Lindgren and his wife singer Melanie Fontana
“I connected to the song so deeply because it speaks so purely to the human experience,” Crum said. “Finally getting out of a toxic relationship and wondering why you still want that person.”
Crum said there’s significance to him releasing the song during Pride Month. “The video for ‘I & U’ is the first time I have been able to really go deep into myself,” he said. “I finally feel strong and brave enough to dress my outsides the way I have always felt on the inside. I’m a flamboyant gay man and I celebrate that in myself every day. Pride Month was the perfect time for me to deliver that message to the world.” Crum is also playing Pride festivals across the country this summer, something he said he particularly enjoys.
“[They have] great energy and [are] extremely emotional,” said Crum. “There is no greater feeling than having young queer kids showing you love. It’s many of their first Prides. I want to make it extra special for them.” When not playing Prides or other gigs, Crum is in the studio working on more music. “I’m working hard on getting an album together,” he said. “I’m really excited to take people on a journey.” Crum just released the video to “I & U” and the song is now available on most major music platforms.