While average 13-year-olds are probably spending their current summer vacation in the pool at home with friends, Oklahoma native Greyson Chance is touring the country and prepping for the release of his debut CD, Hold On ‘Til the Night.
It all began with a video he posted of his solo song and piano performance of “Paparazzi” at school onto Youtube [see video on left side of screen]. This video, which he posted so his family and friends could see him perform, turned Greyson into an overnight sensation and currently has over 41 million views.
“It’s so crazy because there are so many ‘what ifs,’” Greyson said before his performance at Darien Lake Theme Park, where he opened for his tour partner Miranda Cosgrove. “What if I didn’t post the video that day?”
Greyson’s video had people talking, including Ellen Degeneres, who invited Greyson to perform on the show. Later, Ellen asked Greyson to be the first artist signed to her record label, eleveneleven.
“What if I didn’t have my phone on at school when Ellen called? I’m so lucky and blessed that all of the ‘what ifs’ came together and all worked out.”
Greyson said if things didn’t work out he would be the typical teenage boy, swimming in the pool and hanging out in the sun. “Now I’m doing interviews, press, waking up at eight in the morning, doing sound checks and doing performances. It’s just a little different,” he said with a smile on his face.
Moving from Oklahoma to Los Angeles was a hard step for Greyson. “That feeling of being homesick is a big part of the record,” he said. “It’s one of the core things, so I used that for my inspiration. Now I’ve been out one year doing this so I’m a little more used to the feeling of being homesick.”
Greyson was able to show his fans another talent of his through his upcoming album: songwriting. “What was so great about this record was that I could go anywhere I wanted to and I really had the freedom to write what I wanted to write about and what genre I wanted to do,” said Greyson, who wrote over half of the 10 songs on the album. “It was a lot of fun being able to write the record.”
One of his singles off of the album, “Waiting Outside the Lines,” is used on each week’s result show of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance? Greyson was at a friend’s house the first time the show used his song.
“It only plays when a girl gets kicked off,” he said. “Everybody was like, ‘We don’t want to be rude but kick the girl off!’ It’s just so much fun to see ‘Waiting’ used in different TV spots and stuff like that. And my sister is a dancer and a fan of So You Think You Can Dance? so it’s great.”
Greyson’s debut album will be out in stores on Aug. 2, and he has been counting down the days. “I’ve been working on this record for a year and what’s so great about the record is you could really see the emotions of a year. You see anger, love, heartbreak and happiness. You see all of these different things in the record and I think that makes it very real and pure.”
For more information on Greyson Chance and to find out where you could see him next, visit his website http://www.greyson-official.com/.