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.