From the top: I don't mind being wrong about Greyson Chance

By George Lang Modified: October 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm •  Published: October 14, 2010

/> 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 Gaga’s “Paparazzi” went globally ultra-viral on YouTube. Ellen DeGeneres championed him on her talk show and suddenly tens of millions had watched Greyson’s performance.

Greyson’s talent was obvious, but at first I wasn’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 “Fire” 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 — even those who have watched “Paparazzi” 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, he’s making music that is startlingly mature. Long after Bieber and his AutoTune hits become the most-deleted tracks in the nation’s iTunes folders, Greyson will still be making music.

So here’s to your teenage music career, Greyson Chance. I’ve rarely been more pleased to be wrong.

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