Yes, we are talking about the kid who was discovered by Ellen!
If you claim to know the pop music scene very well and still don't know who Greyson Chance is, you were probably living under a rock from 2010 to 2012. So we forgive you if you have only discovered music in the recent years.
Greyson is an American singer who first got discovered by The Ellen Show for his viral performance that was posted on YouTube of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi when he was just 12 years old.
Several successful singles later, Greyson took a break from the spotlight for a few years to rediscover his love for music. Not only was he successful in doing so, but in the process of it all, a little something called "puberty" hit him hard. It feels as though Chance is a completely different person now as he shot up many inches in height and his voice dropped about 7 tones lower.
We had the chance (wink) to chat with this talented 18-year-old singer and pianist about everything that's happening in his life at the moment; his new EP Somewhere Over My Head that will be dropping May 13th and his next single Back On The Wall that will be released even sooner on April 29th. And great news!!! Greyson will also be making a trip down to our sunny island on June 18th to share with us his latest body of work!
Okay, enough from us. Read on to find out what he has to say about all of this and more for yourself!
1. Wow Greyson! It's been a long time, what have you been up to?
Oh wow, I have a lot of ground to cover there! I'm about to release a new single in the next week and I have an EP coming out soon. And we will be coming to Singapore in June. I've been away from the scene for quite a bit amount of time but I'm really excited about this new lease of music and just to say hello again with the new EP!
2. We are very excited about your Somewhere Over My Head EP that will be dropping May 13th. How would you describe your sound now as compared to your Hold On 'Til the Night and Truth Be Told days?
I would say that my sound now is a bit more mature because I'm 18 years old now. Compared to the older music, this is a whole new direction and whole new style. I think people would also be very surprised to see how I look like now as compared to 2012.
3. Your new single Back On The Wall is coming out really soon on the 29th of April, can you give us a little tease on what the song is about?
The song is basically telling someone, the first line of the song is "I'm wild, I'm loyal." and that is just the entire theme of the song. It is just being with someone and saying I know I'm a bit crazy sometimes but your love puts me back on the wall and it freaks me out a bit. It's a fun record, it's a really feel good song. You like want to roll your windows down when you play it. It's really important to me, I hope that people will enjoy and like it as much as I do!
4. You mentioned that you want to show people that you have matured and can write music, what has particularly inspired you in the past few years to write your own music?
I think I'm inspired by just a lot of things that happen in my life. It's just kind of everything that's going on. I'm very inspired by my friends as well. I'm really proud of their stories and what's going on with them. With this EP in particular, I moved from Oklahoma to Los Angeles in August so I wrote a bit about some of the homesickness that I was feeling. I was missing my family, missing my friends back at home in Oklahoma. This was quite represented in the music but yeah, I guess good songwriting is good storytelling. So I think fans will be able to listen to the EP and hear 5 stories that were kind of happening in my life during the time I was writing the record.
5. Do you have any advice for people who would like to song-write but don't know how to or where to start?
Yeah! I would say to anyone who wants to be a songwriter that it can be quite hard sometimes. You just have to stick with it. It's very full of muscles and you have to exercise the muscles. And also I think like try to write as much as possible. If you are really frustrated about something, try to pick up a pen and paper or something and write about how you are feeling about it and how you might be able to fix it. Just always keep trying and never stop creating. That would be my advice.
6. What would you say is the biggest lesson that you have learnt in your time being away from the spotlight?
Erm... I think when I went away for a bit, I think I kind of fell in love with music again. I think for a while when you're on the road and working, it can be really hard. And it's easy to forget why you're doing it. And I think when I was away, I really discovered my love for music in a whole other light and a whole other way. And that's also why I'm really excited for the EP because it shows and represents that.
7. June 18!!! That's when you will be coming to Singapore! Do you remember anything about Singapore from your previous visits?
Yeah! Actually Singapore is one of my favourite cities in the world. I love the people in Singapore, everybody is super nice and super welcoming. The food is also amazing! So I'm looking forward to that! I'm looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and some old fans.
8. What can we expect from your show in Singapore?
You'd expect, like I said, a much taller Greyson for sure! You can expect new music, I'm really excited to play these songs and kind of introduce them to everyone. I'm coming with just a piano which I think it's always more fun! So it'll be an intimate show, playing out new music to the fans.
9. We know that Lady Gaga has always been one of your inspirations and someone you would hopefully one day collaborate with. Are there any other artists you would like to collaborate or write with?
Yeah, well I just met Sam Smith a couple of months ago. So that will be a very large dream collaborator! But I think he's very very busy, so maybe if you could speak to Sam and help me out... I wish! But yeah, I love Sam!
10. What kind of song do you think you'll write with him?
Man, I would hope we would write a record where I could not look like such a crappy singer as compared to him. I don't want to disappoint. But probably, he's really good with those soppy ballads. So I'd go with something like that!
11. What's your favourite song at the moment?
Hmmm... let me think. Favourite song at the moment... wow, let me think about that. Do you like Kendrick Lamar in Singapore? Yeah, we do! Yeah, I love his new album. The untitled album. Just any song on that even though I'm a skinny white kid from Oklahoma I can still blast some hip hop!
12. Would you like to try to cover one of his songs one day?
Absolutely not! It'll be terrible and I'm never gonna try that! But I love his music!
13. So are there any other songs that you'll like to cover?
Well yeah, I'm actually a really big rock fan. I really like it when pop artists take like rock songs or even indie records and bring them more into like a pop light. There are a lot of like underground rock that I'll really like to cover.
14. Do you have your next career move planned out?
I think I do but I'm not sure that I can tell you about it but I try to stay on top of everything.
15. What is something that you hope to achieve in the coming year?
We are putting out this EP and it's been a while since I released music so this is a big step for me. But I think next year I'd like to release a new piece of music and as many songs as I possibly can, and keep giving the fans content.
Maybe an LP next time?
Yeah, that wouldn't be a terrible idea. I'm starting off with an EP and I think the next move will definitely be an album!
16. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
OH WOW. I only get one thing? Yes. Oh man, I need a whole list of things. I would change everyone's brain and make it so that they will not be judgemental about anyone or anything. That would be the one thing that I'll change. And ISIS is really not cool, I don't like them as well.
17. Do you have a message to your fans here in Singapore?
Yes! I would say, thank you first of all for sticking by me for so long since 2010, 2011, listening to the music. And I'm so excited to bring the new EP on my trip to Singapore to see some familiar faces and I'm just really really thankful for them and I can't wait to see them!
After talking to Greyson, we realised that not only has his voice and music changed but his perspective as well as outlook on life has matured so much. It was just so refreshing to hear someone be so passionate about something that they love. His determination to be the best that he can be has inspired us to do likewise. We absolutely can't wait to watch him perform LIVE in Singapore in June! See you then Greyson!
Date: 18 June 2016, Saturday
Venue: myVillage Rooftop @ Serangoon Gardens
Ticket Prices: Spend a minimum of $90 at myVillage and redeem a ticket or $160 for a pair.*
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Photo Credit: Universal Music Singapore