In this photo released by Warner Bros., talk show host Ellen DeGeneres welcomes YouTube sensation Greyson Chance from Edmond. Making his television debut, Greyson performs “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga on Wednesday during a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in California. The episode is scheduled to air at 9 a.m. today.
But then last week, I was invited into the Edmond home of Scott and Lisa Chance to interview their 13-year-old son Greyson. Just six months ago, Greyson Chance became an instant success when his performance of Lady Gagaâ€™s â€œPaparazziâ€ went globally ultra-viral on YouTube. Ellen DeGeneres championed him on her talk show and suddenly tens of millions had watched Greysonâ€™s performance.
Greysonâ€™s talent was obvious, but at first I wasnâ€™t crazy about the frenzy surrounding him. My thought was that he should cultivate his talent for a few years and let it mature. But then I heard him perform his song â€œFireâ€ on a baby grand piano he was given by Yamaha and Larsen Music this summer, and I was forced to reassess. You can now see this video at NewsOK.com â€” even those who have watched â€œPaparazziâ€ several times will be amazed, and you can read my interview with Greyson in the next issue of LOOKatOKC.
So I thought about what I was doing when I was 13 years old. I did not accomplish a single thing that year that is worth publishing. Not one.
But not only is Greyson Chance embarking on a music career at that age, heâ€™s making music that is startlingly mature. Long after Bieber and his AutoTune hits become the most-deleted tracks in the nationâ€™s iTunes folders, Greyson will still be making music.
So hereâ€™s to your teenage music career, Greyson Chance. Iâ€™ve rarely been more pleased to be wrong.