YouTube sensation Greyson Chance is rocketing to stardom at age 13

By The Associated Press

Everything about Greyson Chance seems too fast — his career, the crowd he runs with, even the way he speaks.

The first concert he ever saw was Lady Gaga — and he got to meet her backstage. His first airplane ride was to appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” And his first interview was with Ryan Seacrest.

Goodbye, Oklahoma — hello, world.

Greyson, you may recall, is the 13-year-old schoolboy whose parents posted a YouTube video of him performing Gaga’s “Paparazzi” on piano and vocals at an Oklahoma church talent show last April. Two weeks later, he appeared on “Ellen,” she signed him to her new record label, and he’s embarked on his first concert tour, opening for Nickelodeon darling Miranda Cosgrove of “iCarly” fame.


He’s been so busy recording his debut album in Los Angeles with Ron Fair — producer of Christina Aguilera, the Pussycat Dolls and, oh, yes, Lady Gaga — that he hadn’t started tour rehearsals when he phoned from Los Angeles.

Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and raised in Edmond, Okla., Greyson, the youngest of three children, is a capable pianist. On his three-song EP, his voice sounds like a cross between Miley Cyrus’ and Justin Bieber’s. A high school choir director might say he doesn’t segue smoothly from his chest voice to his falsetto. But what Greyson has in abundance is confidence — which was obvious during our chat, his words tumbling out in rapid-fire bursts.

Q. What are you most nervous about for this tour?

A. I’m not nervous at all. I’m very excited. I’ve never been nervous. I love performing.

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