Greyson Chance will show off his acting muscles on Raising Hope this coming Tuesday. Greyson will play a younger version of the main character Jimmy Chance on the season premier. Checkout the preview below:
Chance, the 14-year-old YouTube protegé follows suit with the generation of Beliebers and has conquered the essential teen girl demographic. Its only been two years since he performed a soulful piano cover of Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ at his elementary school’s talent show and caught the eye of Geffen Records and inspired Ellen DeGeneres to sign him as the first artist on her label: eleveneleven.
She tweeted about her protegé this evening: “I’m so proud of @GreysonChance. His first album debuted at #2 on iTunes today!”
I had a chance to talk with Greyson Chance during the recording process about the album, life and his first tour, check out that interview here.
“This is my song writing room…where I come in a very artistic scene in the video and I song write,” Greyson explains. “So we have all this really weird stuff in here. Some old pianos, some old rock posters on the wall,” he tells JustJaredJr.
The story for the music video is Greyson getting dumped by a girl, and getting revenge on the girl by toilet papering her house.
Oh it’s so hard being a teen!
Greyson Chance, the teen singer/songwriter who became a YouTube sensation with a cover of Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi,’ has announced that his debut album will be released in August.
The album, titled ‘Hold On ‘Til the Night,’ will be released on Aug. 2 through Ellen DeGeneres’ eleveneleven record label, in tandem with Maverick/Geffen.
Chance stopped by ‘Ellen’ today to announce the release date and perform his new single, ‘Unfriend You.’
“When all this first started… they started putting me in the studio and I was cutting records, and it was a mixture of being excited and being very nervous,” says Chance. “I didn’t really know who I was at this moment, so I took this record to evolve into myself and put myself in my music. And also, I was going through a heartbreak at the time, and that’s where most of the lyrics come from. This record really helped me gain courage and strength, and for the fans, I hope they gain courage and strength from it as well.”
Chance recently wrapped a co-headlining tour with fellow teen star Cody Simpson, and recently shot a music video for ‘Unfriend You’ that he says will include “an artistic piano scene” as well as a lot of silly string. Chance says that he has a few things left to tweak on the full-length, and will return to Los Angeles next month to finish it up with producers The Matrix and Ron Fair.
“I’m gonna be yelling at the producers going, ‘Noo, turn that drum up, turn that drum down!’ and they’re gonna be going, ‘No, you’re 13, shut up!’” he says with a laugh. “It’s all in good fun… we have so much fun in the studio and they really respect what I’m trying to do with my music, and I respect them as well.”
Am I the only one who finds it ridiculously funny that he’s writing about “heartbreak” at the age of 13? It seems like we have another Justin Bieber on our hands – prepare yourself, world.
Before you pin him off as another “Bieber”, check out the famous YouTube video that showcases Chance transformation of Gaga’s “Paparazzi” pop hooks into a heart-felt ballad as he accompanies himself on piano.
After a few weeks and over 30 million views, the video exploded and became one of the most watched on YouTube and in turn Greyson Chance became a sensation. Ellen DeGeneres received a letter from Greyson’s brother Tanner suggesting that she should watch the video. After two performances on her show, Ellen announced that she had signed Chance to her new label: eleveneleven. He has since signed a major-label deal with Geffen Records and Maverick Records.
“I think it’s an honour to be compared to Justin. I mean, he’s this big pop act,” says Chance. “But, my music is definitely more of a pop-rock sound.”
Chance is currently undergoing work on his debut album with a team of top-notch songwriters, including The Matrix (Jason Mraz, Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne) and Danielle Brisebois (Natasha Bedingfeld, Kylie Monogue, Leona Lewis).
“The story or the concept is really about heartbreak,” Chance says of the new album’s theme. “Starts with going through a relationship, you’re so in love and you’re so happy. She breaks up with you, she breaks your heart. You hate her but you still love her. And in the end it turns into this dark story about heartbreak and how you deal with it and how painful it can really be.”
Ellen DeGeneres is taking her stint on “American Idol” seriously by proving she is a legit music guru. How is she proving it? She is starting her own record label called eleveneleven and signing YouTube sensation Greyson Chance.
Greyson caught the public eye a few weeks ago after his rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” made waves on YouTube, and he ended up as a guest on Ellen.
In an interview airing Wednesday on her show, Ellen tells Greyson, “When I first met you, I said things are going to change … Now [your YouTube hits] are over 30 million.”
On May 13, DeGeneres introduced Greyson to her audience and famously got Gaga to call him live.
“Greyson, you’re so sweet and so talented, and I was so excited that you covered ‘Paparazzi,’” Gaga told the sixth-grade prodigy during the earlier ‘Ellen’ taping. “Everyone loves you so much. Just keep following your dreams and work really hard, and stay away from girls and be focused.”
PopEater reports that Ellen claims to have signed Greyson for $10,000. This contradicts earlier reports that Interscope had signed the 11 year old.