Lucky Chance

TFK Chats with YouTube singing sensation Greyson Chance

Jan 28, 2011 | By Vickie An

Last April, Greyson Chance posted a YouTube clip of himself performing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" at his school music festival, in Edmond, Oklahoma. He never could have guessed what would happen next. Just two weeks after he uploaded the video, the middleschooler was making his debut on national television! Talk-show host Ellen Degeneres had learned of the clip and invited Greyson, then in sixth grade, to perform on her show. Today, more than 36 million people have viewed the famous YouTube video.

TFK caught up with the rising teen star. He gave us the scoop on his upcoming album, and what he plans to bring with him on tour with Miranda Cosgrove this month.

TFK:

At this time last year, did you ever imagine that you'd have a record deal and that you'd be going on a national tour?

GREYSON:

No, I had no idea. This has been such a crazy journey. I'm so lucky to be here.

TFK:

At what point did you realize your life was about to change?

GREYSON:

It was when I sat down with Ellen. She said, you're about to get signed and a lot of things are going to change. That was a big moment for me.

TFK:

What was the very first thing you did after Ellen called and asked you to be on her show?

GREYSON:

I jumped for joy! I probably broke a few things because I was jumping. I will never forget it.

TFK:

Your "Paparazzi" cover was voted third most-popular YouTube video of the year. What was your reaction when you heard this?

GREYSON:

It's such an amazing thing. I'm so blessed to be here, to work with the people I'm working with, and to have the fans that I have. They are the best fans in the world.

TFK:

When did you first become interested in music?

GREYSON:

I started digging into music when I got my first MP3 player. I'd get on YouTube for hours and search for new music. I began writing and composing about a year ago, and now I'm doing it every day!

TFK:

Can you explain the meaning of the lyrics behind your first single, "Waiting Outside the Lines?"

GREYSON:

The song is about getting over something that's been bothering you a lot, whether it's heart break or someone passing away. I wanted to make the meaning open and relatable, so that anyone could make it their own story. The whole record is going through heartbreak and about relationships. Every song has a different story. I drew a lot of things from my real life.

TFK:

Describe what it was like the day you stepped into a recording studio for the first time.

GREYSON:

I was with my producer Ron Fair. We were recording the song "Fire." He put me in the vocal booth, and I was asking all these questions, like "What is this big microphone? What does this knob do?" I was very curious, and it was a very interesting and fun day. We're waiting to release the record at the right time. We're still writing and recording and going into the studio every day.

TFK:

What kind of sound can fans expect?

GREYSON:

It's more of a pop sound with rock and roll mixed in, like the bands One Republic, Snow Patrol and Coldplay.

TFK:

From where do you draw inspiration for your songs?

GREYSON:

I'm inspired by love and hate and issues that are going on today. For example, I wrote a song called "Purple Sky" that's about teenage bullying.

TFK:

Before this, you were creating music on your own. How did you go from that to collaborating with other people?

GREYSON:

It was a hard transition at first, but it's been so great. It's something that I've always wanted.

TFK:

How do you keep yourself grounded these days?

GREYSON:

I try to keep a good head on my shoulders and be positive. But I still get my phone taken away. Mom still grounds me.

TFK:

What are some things you plan to bring with you on tour?

GREYSON:

I'm going to bring a record player, my Xbox, and my Harry Potter books. I have a competition with one of the people on my team to see who can read the Harry Potter books the fastest. I'm reading them again. I'm a huge Harry Potter fan.

TFK:

What did you think of the last Harry Potter film?

GREYSON:

It was so good. I'm not going to lie, I cried when Dobby died. I'm so excited for the next film, but it's kind of sad too. I don't want them to end.

TFK:

Do you have plans to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

GREYSON:

I hope so! I have a deal with one of my cowriters, the one that helped me with "Purple Sky." We said if we sell a million records, we'll go to Harry Potter world.

TFK:

Now that you're living your dream, what's the next thing you hope to accomplish?

GREYSON:

Sell a million records! That's the next goal.