Singer/songwriter Greyson Chance is an emotive, pop-oriented artist known for his lyrical, often piano-based material. Born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1997 and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, Chance first began playing piano at age eight. In April 2010, a video of Chance performing Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" at his middle-school talent show was uploaded to YouTube and went viral. It soon caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who invited the 12-year-old to perform on her show, and eventually signed him to her then newly launched eleveneleven record label. A deal with Interscope followed, and in December 2010 he delivered his debut single, "Waiting Outside the Lines." The full-length Hold on 'Til the Night followed in 2011 and cracked the Top 40 during its first week of release. The EP Truth Be Told, Pt. 1 arrived in 2012.
Chance continued to tour and record over the next few years. As he matured his voice deepened, and his taste shifted toward nuanced indie rock and alternative electronic pop. He showcased this sophisticated sound on his 2016 EP, Somewhere Over My Head. Included on the EP were the singles "Afterlife," "Hit & Run," and "Back on the Wall." Also that year, he guested on tyDi and Jack Novak's dance track "Oceans." Chance came out as gay in July 2017, making the announcement via social media and stating that he was happy and proud of who he was. The dramatic single "Low" followed that December. A spate of singles followed over the next year including "Lighthouse," a collaboration with DJ/producer Fabian Mazur, "Good as Gold," and "Twenty One." Chance began 2019 with the "Shut Up" single. ~ Matt Collar