Greyson Chance shared with us the challenges of being a teen star on MTV Sessions in Singapore.
ON BEING A TEEN STAR
“There’s definitely pressure, whether or not I win awards,” says Chance. But he’s insistent that such music “awards don’t really mean anything to me. I’m more about my fans and my music.” On handling criticism, Chance says that he “(doesn’t) care if people don’t like my music. There’s a lot of people that do.”
WHAT HE’S LISTENING TO
Chance lists “the new Taylor Swift album (Red), Maroon 5’s new record (Overexposed)” as his latest “earworms”. What about the tracks that he plays on repeat? “I’m always listening to Amy Winehouse and Journey,” confesses Chance. “Amy Winehouse is one of my biggest inspirations. I really look up to her as a songwriter, as a musician.”
THE CRAZIEST FAN GIFT
When asked about the craziest gift he had ever received from a fan, Chance shares that he “got a retainer once, in Minneapolis.” He said he found the gesture “very caring. She was very sweet, she said, ‘Here’s my retainer to remember me by’.”
GREYSON CHANCE, REALITY TV STAR?
“Oh god I don’t know if I want to be on a reality show,” protests the singer. “I can’t do Beverly Hills Housewives (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), I can’t do the Kardashians.”
He pauses, then considers an exception for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, a TV show centred on a child pageant contestant and her family. The show may milk all the “redneck” stereotypes for all it’s worth but its brand of humour is “from my neck of the woods”, laughs Chance; the singer lives in the Oklahoma countryside.
HE’LL VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA
Chance may not be at the legal voting age right now but if he could, he’ll certainly vote for Barrack Obama. “I’ll say this — I like the guy who got elected again,” proclaims the singer. “I’m very happy (that he won).”