Greyson Chance

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Greyson Chance
Chance in 2017
Chance in 2017
Background information
Born (1997-08-16) August 16, 1997 (age 26)[1]
Wichita Falls, Texas, US[2]
OriginEdmond, Oklahoma, US[2]
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active2010–present
YouTube information
Years active2010–present
Total views200.41 million[3]
100,000 subscribers

Last updated: December 16, 2022

Greyson Michael Chance (born August 16, 1997)[1] is an American singer-songwriter. He rose to national attention in 2010 after his performance of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" went viral on YouTube, gaining over 72 million views. Two of his original compositions, "Stars" and "Broken Hearts", gained over six and eight million views respectively on his channel the following year.[4] He signed a joint-venture recording contract with Ellen DeGeneres' eleveneleven – an imprint of Maverick, Streamline, and Geffen Records – to release his debut commercial single, "Waiting Outside the Lines", in October 2010. His debut studio album, Hold On 'til the Night (2011), was released the following year and peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200, remaining his only charting record to date.[5]

Chance released his second extended play, Somewhere Over My Head, in May 2016. It was preceded by its lead single, "Afterlife", in October 2015, and followed by singles "Hit and Run" and "Back On the Wall" in the following year. Chance independently released his second studio album, Portraits (2019), which explored synth-pop and was preceded by the singles "Shut Up" and "Timekeeper".

Early life[edit]

Chance was born August 16, 1997, in Wichita Falls, Texas, and grew up as a Catholic[6] in Edmond, Oklahoma. The youngest child of Scott and Lisa Chance, he has an older sister and an older brother, both of whom also make music. Chance began playing the piano at age eight and had several years of piano lessons before he first went viral.


1997–2010: Musical beginnings[edit]

Chance's cover of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" was posted to YouTube on April 28, 2010, and for almost two weeks, the video generated low views. At least two social websites, and, posted video embeds on May 10, 2010. The next morning, it was embedded on, which reported finding the video via BuzzFeed, a website that attempts to track and predict emerging viral internet memes.[7] Later in the day, TVGuide,[8] The Huffington Post,[9] and Yahoo! Music's video blog, Video Ga Ga,[10] also posted articles embedding the video; TVGuide mentioned that a Facebook fan page had already been started for Chance. That afternoon, Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres linked the video on their Twitter accounts,[11][12] as did celebrity Ashton Kutcher[13] later that evening.

DeGeneres first saw the video after Chance's brother, Tanner Chance, wrote to her show suggesting she watch it.[14] The video had about 10,000 views when DeGeneres first saw it.[15] On the afternoon of May 11, Yahoo! Music reported: "As of this writing, the video has had more than 36,000 views so far, and he's even been invited to perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[10] On May 12, DeGeneres' announcement of Chance's booking on the show was broadcast at different times across the US and posted to her website.[16]  The Wall Street Journal[17] and Los Angeles Times,[18] among other mainstream media, posted articles embedding the video and announcing the forthcoming appearance. Chance taped an interview and performance of "Paparazzi" in Los Angeles.[19] During the interview, Chance received a phone call from Lady Gaga,[20] who the boy says is his "true inspiration."[21] That evening, ABC World News broadcast a report on Chance, introduced by Diane Sawyer, who said the story struck ABC News as "part Billy Elliot and part Glee."[22] On May 13, Chance's appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show was broadcast,[23] and mainstream media, including CBS[24] and People,[25] 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.[26]

On May 15, Chance created an official Myspace page[27] and an official Twitter account.[28] Chance made a second appearance on Ellen, airing May 26, 2010, on which he performed his original song "Broken Hearts", received a $10,000 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.[29][30] While explaining her reasons for naming her record label, 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 Chance's soccer jersey number.[31] Guy Oseary, who manages Madonna's career, and Troy Carter, who manages Lady Gaga's career, would be co-managers of Chance's career, but no partnership with a major recording label had been finalized.[32]

Because of his quick rise, including fast creations of fan sites, and high quality of the videos, The Christian Science Monitor examined the story to see if it was genuine or a clever marketing campaign,[33] ultimately stating the "video is legit."[34] In May 2010, ITN News raised many of the same questions; highlighting aspects of Chance's "Paparazzi" video, media industry analyst Alan Stevens pointed out the growing inability within 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.[35]

2010–2014: Hold On 'til the Night and Truth Be Told, Part 1[edit]

Chance at the film premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in July 2011.

His debut single, "Waiting Outside the Lines", was released to iTunes on October 26, 2010. It was released digitally in the UK on December 9. The single also contained a remix featuring Filipino singer Jake Zyrus (then Charice), as well as studio versions of his covers of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" and "Fire" by Augustana.[36] Throughout December, Chance appeared at We Day 2010 in downtown Toronto at the Air Canada Centre, where he performed the latter,[37] and visited both Paris and London, appearing on local radio stations and giving private concerts in both cities.[38][39] On February 5, 2011, Chance entered the National spotlight again with a performance of "Waiting Outside the Lines" on CBS's Early Show, while stopping through New York on Miranda Cosgrove's Dancing Crazy Tour.[40] He then started the Waiting 4U tour with Australian pop/R&B singer Cody Simpson on April 9 in Ivins, Utah. The tour ended on May 18, 2011, in Portland, Oregon.

On May 17, 2011, his second single, "Unfriend You", was released to iTunes[41] and, on May 23, Chance visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show to premiere the single. After the performance, Chance revealed a solid release date for his upcoming debut album, Hold On 'Til the Night, which was released on August 2, 2011. The music video features an appearance by Ariana Grande.[42]

On September 15, he again appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about his album, and also revealed that he had taken his first steps into acting, portraying a younger version of Jimmy Chance, the protagonist of Fox's comedy Raising Hope, in the series' second-season premiere.[43] The episode aired on September 20, 2011.

In November 2011, Chance undertook a tour of Southeast Asia to promote his album, which had just been released in the region. The tour started in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where in addition to a showcase performance he was invited to perform at the Malaysian Music Industry Awards show (the first foreign artist so invited since 1999) with Malaysia YouTube sensation, Najwa Latif,[44][45] Chance also gave performances in Singapore; Kota Kinabalu (Borneo, Malaysia); Manila, Philippines; and Jakarta, Indonesia.[46][47][48]

In March 2012, Chance returned to Asia to support the release of a special edition of the album, which was released to the Asian market on March 20.[49] He was accompanied by his full four-part band and gave full concert performances in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, and Manila, before going on without the band on a promotional tour to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Bangkok, Thailand. In early July, he was back in the region for promotional and TV appearances in Hong Kong and Changsha (Hunan, China). In August, he performed at the MTV-CCTV Mandarin Music Awards show in Beijing and won the award for Most Popular New International Artist of the Year.[50]

In November 2012, after releasing his new EP, Truth Be Told Part 1, he again returned to Asia for a promo tour starting in Kota Kinabalu (Borneo, Malaysia) to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Singapore and Manila, Philippines.

2014–2018: Somewhere Over My Head[edit]

On January 13, 2014, Chance released a new song named "Temptation" onto his SoundCloud.[51] He performed the song at the Sundance Film Festival. [2] Throughout the year, he continued the process of writing and recording his EP, Somewhere Over My Head. On September 16, Chance released a single called "Thrilla In Manila".[52] Another track named "Meridians" was released on March 24, 2015.[53] Both songs, ultimately, did not appear on the final track list. The official lead single, "Afterlife", was released on October 29, 2015.[54] In 2016, it was succeeded by "Hit & Run" on February 5[55] and "Back On the Wall" on April 29[56] as the second and third singles, respectively. On April 28, he released a new music video for his single "Back On The Wall" on his YouTube channel.[57] The EP was released May 13, 2016.[58]

Before the release of Somewhere Over My Head, from January 27 to February 1, 2016, Chance performed three shows in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.[59][60] He had a release party of his new EP in YouTube Space LA on May 13, 2016. And on May 28–29, he had another two shows after the release of the EP in San Francisco and Seattle.

During promotion of the EP, Chance was also featured on an electronic dance track by tyDi and Jack Novak titled "Oceans", which was released on February 19, 2016.[61]

In February 2016, he was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and broadcast nationally where he performed live his single "Hit & Run".

In June 2016, one month after releasing his new EP, Somewhere Over My Head, Chance returned to Asia for a short promo tour starting in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia, and Manila, Philippines.[62]

On September 15, 2016, Frank Pole released a song titled "Anything" which featured Chance.[63] On December 23, 2016, Chance released a song called "London". On May 6, 2017, Chance is also featured on Fabian Mazur's song called "Earn It". On May 12, 2017, Chance's cover of "Hungry Eyes" was released as part of the soundtrack album for the television film remake of Dirty Dancing. On June 30, 2017, Chance released a song called "Seasons".

On December 8, 2017, Chance released his single "Low," and on May 4, 2018, he released his single "Lighthouse", collaborating with Danish-American DJ & music producer Fabian Mazur. Another single was released on June 8, 2018, called "Good As Gold".

2019–present: Portraits, Trophies, and Palladium[edit]

Chance during a concert live in Berlin in October 2019

On March 15, 2019, he released his second studio album, Portraits.[64] Due to his success independently, Chance signed his second major record deal with Sony Music Global and Arista Records, which will release any subsequent material he produces, in June 2019.[65] In the same month he also announced a world tour promoting Portraits.[66]

On January 15, 2021, Chance released "Holy Feeling", the lead single from his upcoming extended play. The second single, "Hellboy", was released on April 23.[citation needed] Chance announced on April 29 that his third extended play, Trophies, would be released on June 25, 2021.[67] In May, he announced he would be embarking on the Trophies World Tour, visiting various cities in North America and Europe over 2021 and 2022.[citation needed]

In March 2022, it was announced that Chance would make his feature film debut, starring in Maybelline Prince.[68]

Chance's third studio album, Palladium, was released on September 22, 2022.

Personal life[edit]

In 2017, Chance was attending the University of Tulsa and majoring in history,[69] but he later dropped out to focus on music. On July 19, 2017, Chance came out as gay in an Instagram post.[70][71] On August 14, 2020, Chance revealed he struggles with anorexia nervosa.[72]

In 2022, in an interview with Rolling Stone, he accused DeGeneres of being manipulative and felt "completely abandoned" by her by the time his second album was released.[73]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Hold On 'til the Night 29
  • US: 16,000 (first week)
  • Released: March 15, 2019
  • Label: Greyson Chance Music, AWAL
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: September 22, 2022
  • Label: Lowly
  • Formats: LP, digital download
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Truth Be Told, Part 1
  • Release: October 29, 2012 (Asia)
  • Label: eleveneleven, Maverick, Geffen, Atom Factory
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Somewhere Over My Head
  • Release: May 13, 2016
  • Label: Greyson Chance Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Release: June 25, 2021
  • Label: Arista Records
  • Formats: LP, digital download


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Waiting Outside the Lines" 2010 12 95[A] Hold On 'til the Night
"Unfriend You" 2011
"Hold On 'til the Night"
"Take a Look at Me Now" 2012
"Sunshine & City Lights" Truth Be Told, Part 1
"Thrilla In Manila" 2014 Non-album singles
"Meridians" 2015
"Afterlife" Somewhere Over My Head
"Hit & Run" 2016
"Back on the Wall"
"London" Non-album singles
"Seasons" 2017
(with Fabian Mazur)
"Good as Gold"
"Twenty One"
"Shut Up" 2019 Portraits
"White Roses"
"Boots" Non-album singles
"Dancing Next to Me" 2020
"Bad to Myself"
"Holy Feeling"[78] 2021 Trophies
"Overloved" Non-album single
"Palladium" 2022 Palladium
"Homerun Hitter"
"Herringbone" 2023 Palladium Deluxe Edition
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year
(tyDi and Jack Novak featuring Greyson Chance)
(Frank Pole featuring Greyson Chance)
"Earn It"
(Fabian Mazur featuring Greyson Chance)
"Walk Away"
(Sick Individuals featuring Greyson Chance)

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Timekeeper" 2019 Portraits

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2010 "Waiting Outside the Lines" Sanaa Hamri
2011 "Unfriend You" Marc Klasfeld[79]
"Hold On 'til the Night" Dano Cerny, Marielle Tepper
2012 "Sunshine & City Lights" Clarence Fuller
2016 "Back on the Wall" Rage
2018 "Good as Gold" Bobby Hannaford
2019 "Shut Up" Bobby Hannaford
"Yours" Bobby Hannaford
"White Roses" Bobby Hannaford
"Boots" Bobby Hannaford
2020 "Dancing Next To Me" Edgar Daniel
"Honeysuckle" Rahul Chakraborty
"Bad to Myself" Rahul Chakraborty
2021 "Holy Feeling" Bobby Hannaford
"Hellboy" The Lee Family



  • Hold On 'Til the Night Tour (2011–2012)
  • Portraits World Tour (2019–2020)
  • Trophies World Tour (2021–2022)
  • Palladium World Tour (2022–2023)



Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Category Award Result
2010 Choice Web Star Teen Choice Awards Nominated
Icon of Tomorrow J-14 Teen Icon Awards Nominated
Teen Pick: YouTube Artist Hollywood Teen TV Awards Won
2011 Favorite Viral Video Star People's Choice Awards Nominated
Rockin' New Artist of the Year Youth Rock Awards Won
2012 Most Popular New International Artist of the Year MTV-CCTV Mandarin Music Awards Won
2013 Singer Shorty Awards Won
Most Dedicated Fan Army[80] Heat Tweets Award Won
Greatest YouTube Star Popdust Award Nominated


  1. ^ "Waiting Outside the Lines" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop 50 but peaked at number forty-five on the Ultratip chart.[77]


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