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

October 27, 2010 |  5:49 pm

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