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Greyson Chance
[[Image:‎|220px|alt=|Greyson Chance at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.]]
Greyson Chance at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on September 12, 2010.
Background information
Birth name Greyson Michael Chance
Born August 16, 1997 (1997-08-16) (age 13)
Wichita Falls, Texas, U.S.
Genres Pop rock
Instruments Piano, Guitar, Vocals
Years active 2010–present
Labels Eleveneleven and Interscope
Notable instruments

Greyson Michael Chance (born August 16, 1997) is an American singer, songwriter and pianist whose April 2010 performance of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" at a sixth-grade music festival became a hit on YouTube.[1] As of June 15, 2010, his cover for the song Paparazzi has a total viewership of over 30 million. He has two original compositions, "Stars"[2], and "Broken Hearts,"[3], both posted on his YouTube channel which have 4 and 5 million views respectively.


Personal life

Greyson Chance was born on August 16, 1997 in Wichita Falls, Texas and now resides in Edmond, Oklahoma.[4] In May 2010, he completed his 6th grade year at Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond, Oklahoma for the school year 2009-2010.He is now currently doing school online. He is the youngest child of Scott and Lisa Chance. He has a 16-year-old sister, Alexa, and a 19-year-old brother, Tanner, both of whom also play music.[5] Chance has had three years of piano lessons, but no formal vocal training. His inspiration comes from Lady Gaga and Augustana.[1]


Chance's "Paparazzi" cover video was posted to YouTube on April 28, 2010,[6] and for almost two weeks the video generated low views. At least two social websites, and, posted video embeds on May 10, 2010. Ellen DeGeneres first saw the video after Chance's brother, Tanner Chance, wrote to her show suggesting she watch it.[7] The video had about 10,000 views when DeGeneres first saw it;[8] while explaining her reasons for naming her new record label "eleveneleven", she listed as one reason the fact that she first saw Chance's Paparazzi cover on May 11, 2010. Also, she states that 11 is Greyson's soccer jersey number.[9] On the afternoon of May 11, Yahoo! Music reported: "As of this writing, the video has gotten more than 36,000 views so far, and he's even been invited to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show".[1]

On May 12, 2010 Greyson Chance taped an interview and performance of "Paparazzi" for Ellen in Los Angeles.[10] It was broadcast on May 13.[11][12] During the interview, Chance received a phone call from Lady Gaga,[13] who the youth says is his "true inspiration."[14] This first appearance on Ellen was followed by a second appearance on the show, airing May 26, 2010, on which Chance performed his original song "Broken Hearts," received a $10,000.00 award for winning Ellen's Wonderful Web of Wonderment contest, a brand new Yamaha piano, and was announced as DeGeneres's first signed artist to her new recording label eleveneleven.[15] Chance now has many fans on online social sites such as Facebook and Twitter.[16] He is the 30th most subscribed musician of all time on Youtube, with a 220,000+ strong subscriber base, as of August 17, 2010.[17] Greyson Chance also appeared at We Day (also known as Me to We Day 2010) in downtown Toronto at the Air Canada Center. He performed Fire by Augustana. [18]

In the media

On the morning of May 11, 2010, Chance's cover video of "Paparazzi" was embedded at, which reported finding the video via BuzzFeed, a website that attempts to track and predict emerging viral internet memes.[19] Later in the day, TVGuide,[20] The Huffington Post,[21] and Yahoo! Music's video blog, Video Ga Ga,[1] also posted articles embedding the video; TVGuide mentioned in its article that a FaceBook fan page had already been started for Chance. That afternoon, Ryan Seacrest linked the video on his Twitter account,[22] as did DeGeneres when she announced Chance's forthcoming appearance on her show,[23] and later in the evening on May 11, celebrity Ashton Kutcher.[24]

On May 12, 2010, DeGeneres' announcement of Chance's booking, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, was broadcast at different times across the U.S. and posted to her website.[25] Wall Street Journal[26] and Los Angeles Times,[27] among other mainstream media, posted articles embedding the video and announcing the forthcoming appearance. That evening, ABC World News broadcast a report on Chance which was introduced by Diane Sawyer, who said the story struck ABC News as "part Billy Elliot and part Glee."[28] That evening, Guy Oseary, an L.A.-based entertainment manager whose clients include Madonna, Demi Moore, and Ashton Kutcher, recommended Greyson's "Paparazzi" video on Twitter.[29]

On May 13, 2010, Chance's appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show was broadcast, and mainstream media, including CBS[30] and People,[31] reported on the appearance. That morning, Ryan Seacrest posted another link on Twitter, this time to the video of Chance appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[32]

On May 14, 2010, Singer, songwriter, and author David Archuleta linked the video on Twitter claiming that Greyson "is talented."[33]

On May 15, 2010, Greyson Chance created an official MySpace page[34] and an official Twitter[35] account.

Also on May 15, 2010, Crazed Hits, a music industry "tip-sheet" run by Alex Wilhelm, while citing no sources, reported that Interscope Records had signed 12-year-old Chance to a record deal.[36] That same day, NewsOK posted a video, "Three Things to Know about Greyson Michael Chance", and an article in which Chance's father, was quoted as saying the family would spend the weekend deciding how they wanted to proceed before signing any contracts.[5]

On May 18, 2010, The New York Post reported on the deal with Interscope Records, citing Chance's sister and father as confirming the deal; The Post also reported that calls made to Chance's school were being referred to Guy Oseary.[37] On May 25, Ellen DeGeneres announced that she had formed a record label called eleveneleven and Chance was her first artist.[38] Guy Oseary who manages Madonna's career and Troy Carter, who manages Lady Gaga's career, would be co-managers of Greyson Chance's career, but no partnership with a major recording label had been finalized.[39]

The chronology of events has resulted in media analysis of the marketing phenomenon as separate from musical or biographical elements. On May 15, 2010, The Christian Science Monitor published an article written by Gloria Goodale, a staff writer for the publication; citing Chance's quick rise to media attention and various official and fan websites for Chance that had recently been established, as well as concerns raised by music industry analyst Jeff Snyder about the quality of the video itself, Goodale asked “whether there's a Big Media hand behind sixth grader Greyson Michael Chance.”[16] On May 18, 2010, Goodale followed up on this article with a second article for The Christian Science Monitor focusing on the modern "age of media manipulation", which she introduced by saying, "Reports so far suggest that the Greyson Chance YouTube video is legit."[40] On May 18, 2010, ITN News posted a video report to its YouTube channel, in which many of the same questions were raised; highlighting aspects of Chance's "Paparazzi" video, media industry analyst Alan Stevens pointed out the growing inability within our modern media culture to distinguish between videos which are produced by amateurs and videos which are produced by professionals but made to appear amateur in origin.[41]

Awards and recognition

Year Category Award Result
2010 Choice Web Star Teen Choice Awards Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d "Little Lord Gaga: Greyson Michael Chance's "Paparazzi" Is A Web Sensation", Yahoo! Music. May 11, 2010.
  2. ^ "Greyson Chance Singing 'Stars'", YouTube, May 2, 2010.
  3. ^ "Greyson Chance Singing 'Broken Hearts'" YouTube, April 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "Web Video Sensation Greyson Chance Does First Radio Interview with Ryan",, May 27, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Gaga songsters parents put brakes on fame for now", News OK, The Oklahoman, May 15, 2010
  6. ^ "Greyson Chance Singing 'Paparazzi'", YouTube. April 28, 2010
  7. ^ "See Greyson Chance at Home",, May 25, 2010.
  8. ^ "Ellen DeGeneres Starts Record Label Just to Sign Greyson Chance", May 26, 2010.
  9. ^ "Ellen Explains Her New eleveneleven Record Label", May 28, 2010.
  10. ^ "Clip from the Future: 12-year-old Web Sensation Greyson Chance performs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show,, May 12, 2010.
  11. ^ "Greyson Chance performs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, May 13, 2010.
  12. ^ "Greyson Michael Chance Rocks Ellen", May 13, 2010
  13. ^ "Lady Gaga phones 12-year-old YouTube star", BBC. May 14, 2010.
  14. ^ "Prodigy Greyson Michael Chance on Ellen - Lady Gaga's Paparazzi". National Ledger. May 13, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Video of the Day: Greyson Chance Returns to 'Ellen'", May 26, 2010.
  16. ^ a b "Is Greyson Chance's Serendipitous YouTube Rise a Ruse?", The Christian Science Monitor, May 15, 2010
  17. ^ "greyson97's Channel"
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  19. ^ "Justin Bieber Look-alike Plays Lady Gaga's 'Paparazzi',, May 11, 2010.
  20. ^ "Sixth Grader Wows Crowd with Lady Gaga Cover",, May 11, 2010.
  21. ^ "13-Year-Old's 'Paparazzi' Cover Woos The Ladies", The Huffington Post, May 11, 2010.
  22. ^ "u cant really go wrong singing..." Ryan Seacrest on Twitter, May 11, 2010.
  23. ^ "Never been more excited...", Ellen DeGeneres on Twitter, May 11, 2010.
  24. ^ "Watch the 1 girl in the back row...", Ashton Kutcher on Twitter, May 11, 2010.
  25. ^ "Greyson Chance's Unbelievable Performance",, May 12, 2010.
  26. ^ "Lady Gaga Fan Greyson Michael Chance to Perform on Ellen" Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2010
  27. ^ "Paparazzi prodigy Greyson Michael Chance booked by Ellen" Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2010
  28. ^ "6th Grader Takes Chance, Becomes Sensation", ABC World News, May 12, 2010.
  29. ^ "Check this video out -- 'Paparazzi'", Guy Oseary on Twitter, May 12, 2010.
  30. ^ "Greyson Michael Chance Rocks Ellen", CBS News, May 13, 2010
  31. ^ "Is Greyson Chance the Next Justin Bieber (or Lady GaGa)?",, May 13, 2010.
  32. ^ "The kid just keeps getting better!", Ryan Seacrest on Twitter, May 13, 2010.
  33. ^ "David Archuleta acknowledges Greyson's talent.", David Archuleta on Twitter, May 14, 2010.
  34. ^ "The OFFICIAL MySpace Page of Greyson Chance!", Greyson Chance on MySpace, May 15, 2010.
  35. ^ "My first tweet!", Greyson Chance on Twitter, May 15, 2010.
  36. ^ "Interscope sign YouTube Star",, May 15, 2010.
  37. ^ "Gaga over kid singer: Label signs Lady Lovin Web Phenom, 12", The NY Post, May 18, 2010
  38. ^ "A Message from Ellen", May 25, 2010.
  39. ^ "Search on for the next Justin Bieber", The Toronto Star, June 4, 2010.
  40. ^ Greyson Chance: What is real in an age of media manipulation?", The Christian Science Monitor, May 18, 2010.
  41. ^ "Is Greyson Chance Manufactured?", ITN News on YouTube, May 18, 2010.

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