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EDITORS’ NOTES

Fourteen-year-old singer/pianist Grey Chance makes good on his breakthrough as a YouTube sensation by releasing a debut album of impressive substance. His vibrato-tinged vocals are particularly effective in their lower range; as an overall performer, he transcends tween-pop limitations without pretending to be a worldly-wise grownup. His self-composed “Waiting Outside the Lines” sets the album’s tone with its message of personal freedom. Tracks like “Unfriend You” and “Home Is In Your Eyes” deal with young love in fresh, believable terms. Especially fun is “Little London Girl,” a buoyant number with a shout-along chorus. Chance stretches out to deliver moodier tunes like the Europop-slanted “Summertrain” and the dramatic “Cheyenne” with confidence. The album’s production (by the Matrix, among other notables) is tasteful and polished. Chance’s youth may have helped gain him attention, but Hold On ‘Til the Night suggests he deserves to be heard on his strength of his talent alone.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fourteen-year-old singer/pianist Grey Chance makes good on his breakthrough as a YouTube sensation by releasing a debut album of impressive substance. His vibrato-tinged vocals are particularly effective in their lower range; as an overall performer, he transcends tween-pop limitations without pretending to be a worldly-wise grownup. His self-composed “Waiting Outside the Lines” sets the album’s tone with its message of personal freedom. Tracks like “Unfriend You” and “Home Is In Your Eyes” deal with young love in fresh, believable terms. Especially fun is “Little London Girl,” a buoyant number with a shout-along chorus. Chance stretches out to deliver moodier tunes like the Europop-slanted “Summertrain” and the dramatic “Cheyenne” with confidence. The album’s production (by the Matrix, among other notables) is tasteful and polished. Chance’s youth may have helped gain him attention, but Hold On ‘Til the Night suggests he deserves to be heard on his strength of his talent alone.

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About Greyson Chance

In April 2010, 12-year-old Greyson Chance performed Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at a middle-school talent show, accompanying himself on the piano while his sixth grade classmates watched. A video of the performance was uploaded to YouTube later that month. One of its earliest viewers was Ellen DeGeneres, who invited Greyson to perform on her show in May and eventually signed him to eleveneleven, her newly launched record label. A major-label deal with Interscope followed. By June, the “Paparazzi” video had racked up more than 30 million views on YouTube, and Greyson released his debut single, “Waiting Outside the Lines,” before the year was up. The full-length Hold on 'Til the Night followed in 2011, cracking the Top 40 during its first week of release. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Wichita Falls, TX
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    Aug 16, 1997

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