Full Name: Greyson Michael Chance
|Table of Contents
– The Beginning
– Music Ventures
– Acting & Documentaries
– Personal Life
Greyson Chance is an American Singer-Songwriter & Musician. He rose to fame in 2010 after his cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” went viral. Greyson’s debut single, “Waiting Outside the Lines” was released October 26, 2010, followed by his first EP of the same name on January 1, 2011. Chance’s debut album, “Hold On ‘til the Night: was released later that year on August 2, 2011. “Truth Be Told, Part 1”, Greyson’s second EP was released on November 19, 2012.
In May 2016, Greyson independently released his third Extended Play (EP), “Somewhere Over My Head”. Chance’s second studio album, “Portraits” was released on March 15, 2019.
Greyson Micheal Chance was born on August 16, 1997 in Wichita Falls, Texas (USA) – later moving to and growing up in Edmond, Oklahoma. He is the youngest child of Scott and Lisa Chance. Greyson has 2 older siblings, Alexa (sister) and Tanner (brother). Greyson started playing the piano at 8 years old and did several years of lessons. Before being discovered, Greyson had no formal singing lessons.
Greyson gained national attention when his self arranged cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” – which was filmed at a school music festival, went viral. The video was posted by Greyson to YouTube on April 28, 2010. After being online for a couple of weeks, big name entertainment websites started posting about it. These websites included Gossipboy.ca, Reddit, BuzzFeed, TVGuide, The Huffington Post, Yahoo! Music, and Ryansecrest.com. On May 10, 2010, Ryan Secrest and Ellen DeGeneres, along with Ashton Kutcher tweeted out the link to Chance’s video.
Ellen DeGeneres first saw the video when Greyson’s brother, Tanner wrote to her show asking that she watch it. After Ellen saw the video, she flew Greyson out to L.A. to be on The Ellen DeGeneres show. On May 15, 2010, during the show, Ellen DeGeneres announced that she would be signing Greyson as the first artist on her record label, Eleveneleven.
Singing with eleveneleven, Maverick Records and Geffen Records, Greyson released his debut single, “Waiting Outside the Lines” on October 26, 2010 – followed by an EP of the same name on January 1, 2011. Greyson’s debut EP featured, “Waiting Outside the Lines”, “Paparazzi” (Lady Gaga cover) and “Fire” (Augustana cover).
Before his debut album was even released, Greyson joined Miranda Cosgrove as the opening act on her “Dancing Crazy Tour” in February of 2011. Between legs of that tour, Greyson teamed up with Cody Simpson to co-headline the “Waiting 4U Tour” in April 2011.
In August of 2011, Greyson Chance released his debut album, “Waiting Outside the Lines”. This album featured his brand new single, “Unfriend You”. The accompanying music video featured Ariana Grande. Through the rest of 2011, Greyson appeared at events, on TV shows and even traveled around the world to promote the album.
In November of 2011, Greyson did a tour of Southeast Asia where his album had just been released. Later in March of 2012, Greyson returned to Asia as a special edition of “Hold On ‘til the Night” had just been released.
On November 19, Greyson Chance released his second EP, “Truth Be Told, Part 1”. Unfortunately, Chance’s record sales were not doing as well as his label hoped and he ended up being dropped from eleveneleven, Maverick Records and Geffen Records around 2013
During 2013, Greyson was working on a new album called, “Planet X”. The album featured the single, “Temptation”. Unfortunately, the album ended up being scrapped and Greyson just went ahead and released the single via Soundcloud.
From 2014 to 2016, Greyson released music independently. This includes, “Temptations”. On May 13, 2016, Greyson released his third EP, “Somewhere Over My Head”. With the release of this EP, Greyson got some media coverage and was able to do a great deal of promotional shows and other ventures. In 2017, Greyson got to cover Eric Carmen’s “Hungry Eyes” for the TV Movie remake of Dirty Dancing. In 2016, Greyson Chance worked with Frank Pole on “Anything” and “Oceans” with TyDi & Jack Novak. Greyson teamed up with Fabian Mazur for “Earn It” and Sick Individuals for “Walk Away”. In 2018, Greyson reunited with Fabian Mazur for “Lighthouse”.
In 2018. Greyson got a deal with AWAL (Artists Without A Label) where he was able to release “Good As Gold”, and “Twenty One”.
On March 15, 2019, Greyson released his second full length album, “Portraits”. He often refers to this album as his “debut” album because he ‘has changed and grown so much since being through the business’. This album gave Greyson a new wave of stardom and media coverage. In March of 2019 until the end of January, Greyson performed around the world on his “Portraits World Tour”. Unfortunately, any shows after March 2020 were canceled.
Early in his career, Greyson got the chance to be on a few TV series. In 2011, Greyson was the guest musical performer on the second episode of Disney Channel’s “So Random!”. He also had a 3-episode, recurring role, as a young Jimmy Chance on “Raising Hope”. The last acting credit he had in 2011 was “Your Friends Will Never Believe You” as a guest star.
In 2012, AwesomenessTV joined Chance on his Asia tour for a new take-over series. The “Takeover” highlighted his time on the tour. While in Malaysia on his tour, Greyson appeared in JinnyboyTV’s video, “Only in Malaysia”.
In 2016, Fullscreen made an 8 episode documentary called, “The Drop: with Greyson Chance”. In this documentary, Greyson shared his experience in the entertainment business and also what it’s like to be dropped by your label.
After being dropped by his label at the age of 15, Greyson stepped away from the music industry and took time to be a normal teenager. Greyson attended college at the University of Tulsa with the intention of never returning to music. After finding music again, Greyson realized that this was his true passion. After a year of university, Greyson dropped out to pursue music again.
In 2017, Greyson Chance publicly came out as gay via an Instagram post. Before coming out publicly, he was concerned that his career would be impacted. He wanted to be known for his work, not his sexuality. Greyson was inspired to come out when he received a personal message from a long-time supporter.