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YouTube star Greyson Chance debuts first single 'Waiting Outside the Lines'

Greyson Looks like Justin Bieber already needs to watch his back. There’s another bowl-cut-sporting YouTube teen sensation ready to step in on his territory.

Greyson Chance, the 13-year-old whose cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” has amassed more than 32 million views, has debuted his first single, “Waiting Outside the Lines.”

The Oklahoma middle-school prodigy posted his piano-driven take on Gaga back in April from a performance at his school’s sixth grade festival. After the video made him an instant viral star -- maybe it’s his impressive pipes, or that uncanny resemblance to Biebs -- he made an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where the former “American Idol” judge announced she had signed the youngster to her newly minted label, eleveneleven. 

Chance made another trip to his biggest fan’s talk show Tuesday to premiere the inspirational pop ballad, and the track is available on iTunes.

“This song comes from the heart and I hope and pray that my fans can use it to ‘escape’ from all of the pressures of life,” Chance said in a statement. “I can’t wait for everyone to take this journey with me.”

He is in the studio crafting his debut album -- and completing the seventh grade, online of course. Besides DeGeneres, Chance has a powerful machine behind him: Madonna’s longtime career overseer, Guy Oseary, and the manager for Lady Gaga, Troy Carter, will divide management duties; and the album is being overseen by hit songwriter/producer and Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair.

Listen to his debut single, “Waiting Outside the Lines” below:

— Gerrick D. Kennedy



Photo credit: Aaron Pinkston

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He has a very mature voice for his age and u can hear the difference between him and Justin Bieber

Justin is more pop and love songs while this song is very mature for Greyson! At least he's not trying to be like JB! Good job at standing out!

He is seriously an amazing and talented kid. His vocals are incredibly strong, he writes songs that seem way beyond his age group, and his piano skills are really something else.
Unlike a lot of other kid stars, I'm actually excited that he's getting his career started now. He seems really sweet, with a great family to back him up and keep him grounded.
This song reminds me a lot of Kris Allen, One Republic, The Fray, Lifehouse, and Hanson.
I think he's going to go really far, and I think all we can really do is pray that it doesn't get to his head like so many before him. We do NOT need another Justin Beiber. And that's not to say that Beibs isn't talented, because I've seen from his older videos that he is, but he's letting the fame get to his head and it's destroying him slowly. I can see it already...


Can't stop listening to this. Awesome job.
All his songs are trully amazing, they have meaning and he makes them his own. No comparison =)

TH, he is a different kid and he wants to take his celebrity and present it for the good. He is an inspiration to so many I'm sure many kids but even adults too. I'm way older but I love this kid and I wish I was the one that sent that first video to Ellen. I'm proud to say I was one of the first hundred to share this vid via twitter and fb though. :) He's gonna go far and I hope him the best!

New song is good, and I too hope it doesn't go to his head. He is a friend of one of my kids and he always refers to me as "Mr..." or "sir" and is extremely polite and well mannered, and always says "thanks for having me over" when he leaves. Out of all the friends my kids have brought over, he would be one of my favorites even without the budding fame. So I hope the success doesn't corrupt him, but it seems to me that it won't. He seems to have a solid foundation.

Greyson is AMAZING, just he has this great talent and im glad that he can share it with the world. I bet that every person that is down, sad or depressed will listen to his song, and get inspired to continue living their life, and just enjoy what they have. I know i got inspired by him. He's just this HUGE inspiration for tons of people. All of his fans have great taste! I hope he goes far :)


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