Greyson Chance was born on August 16, 1997 in Wichita Falls, Texas and later moved with his family to Edmond, Oklahoma. He is the youngest child of Scott and Lisa Chance. Greyson has had three years of piano lessons, but no formal vocal training.
A performance by Greyson of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi
" at a sixth-grade music festival was posted to YouTube on April 28, 2010. It was soon attracting millions of views including chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, who saw the clip after Greyson's brother, Tanner, wrote to her show suggesting she watch it. Impressed, Ellen invited the then 12-year-old to perform on her show and on May 13, 2010 he found himself taking his first-ever plane ride to meet the comedienne on her daytime talk show. Two weeks later, DeGeneres announced that she had formed a record label called eleveneleven and she was taking Greyson under her wing as her first artist.