16 August 1997, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
Greyson Michael Chance
Greyson Michael Chance is an American singer, songwriter and pianist whose April 2010 performance of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" at a sixth-grade music festival become a hit on YouTube, gaining over 36 million views. Two of his original compositions, "Star" and "Broken Hearts", gained over 4 and 6 million views respectively on his YouTube channel. His debut single, "Waiting Outside The Lines", was released in October 2010.
Chance was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and now resides in Edmond, Oklahoma.
He is the youngest child of Scott and Lisa Chance; he has an older sister, Alexa and an older brother, Tanner. Both of whom also play music.
Chance began playing the piano at the age of 8 and has had three years of piano lesson, but no formal vocal training. His inspiration comes from Lady Gaga; after seeing her performance of "Paparazzi" at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
He said, "I was awestruck by her performance."Chance also admires Christina Aguilera, the rock band Augustana, R&B singer John Legend, singer-songwriter Elton John and late Beatle John Lennon.
First artist to be signed to Ellen DeGeneres's new "eleveneleven" record label after Ellen discovered him on YouTube and subsequently booked him her "Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (2003).