Sixth-grader Greyson Chance led a normal life till he performed a cover of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi…. at a local music concert in April 2010. Not only did the video of this performance go on to receive more than 43 million hits on YouTube in a few weeks, but it also made popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres invite the then-13-year-old singer to perform on her show.
Not surprisingly, Greyson also happens to be the first signed artiste on DeGeneres’ new record label, Eleveneleven.
“Life has changed completely for me. I’m no longer a normal kid from Oklahoma. I’ve been travelling a lot, but am happy to be doing what I love the best: creating art,” says Greyson, who is now 14.
Greyson’s debut album, Hold On ‘til The Night, features ten original tracks, including previously released singles like ‘Waiting outside the lines…’ and ‘Unfriend you…’
The video of the former features him playing his signature graffiti-bearing grand piano amidst excited fans. Ask him about how handles his sudden fame and popularity, especially among teen girls and he replies, “I’m loving every bit of the attention from the girls. Sometimes, it’s so hard to believe that one moment I am performing at a concert in front of 15,000 people, and the next moment, its time for me to study. But I try to stay focused and maybe attend a graduate school someday,” says Greyson, who attends
Praised by the media for his mature vocals, Greyson reveals that his biggest influence has to be Lady Gaga. “I listen to artistes from all genres, but Gaga has inspired me. Also, I love listening to Taylor Swift,” he says. With hopes of touring abroad, the young performer doesn’t rule out the possibility of visiting India. “Hopefully in five years’ time, I will be performing in India,” he quips.
Greyson also believes that unlike many pop artistes, his USP lies in the genuineness of his compositions. “My music is very real, without any artificial elements. Also, my music evolves everyday and I think that’s what makes it unique,” he says.