May 19, 2017 | Arts / Entertainment

Ariana Grande's brother wants to be a singing superstar

Frankie Grande "Queen"Frankie Grande, the older half-brother of talented pop star Ariana, is hoping to follow in his sister's footsteps.
 
He has just released his first single, "Queen," and it is -- how do we put this delicately -- something else. (You'd think he'd have access to better writers/producers/musicians/auto-tuners.)
 
Perhaps Frankie's biggest claim to fame is coming in fifth on reality TV show Big Brother 16. He's had small roles on Broadway (in Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia!), produced stage plays for the likes of Jude Law, David Hyde Pierce, and Brooke Shields, and created his own show Livin' la Vida Grande.
 
His latest calling: pop music.
 
"David Bowie has always been my vocal inspiration ever since I was a child," he said. "... I just wanted to be David Bowie so badly. I loved his love of make-up and glam. Oh my god, "Labyrinth" was the anthem to my life."
 
He continued: "So rock -- glam rock in specific -- is naturally the thing I gravitated towards. And it’s naturally theatrical, so I think it works out. Glam rock always has a story to tell, and has that powerful voice with a little hint of libretto. I kind of just was myself, and a large part of myself has been trained for Broadway."
 
Grande hopes the song will inspire others to find their own voices.
 
He explained: "It’s letting that inner part of you shine out and I want to encourage everyone to be true to themselves, no matter how sparkly!" 
 
Check out his video below and see if you can make it all the way through to the end ...
 

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