At 18 years-old, pop singer Greyson Chance left his career as a musician behind. But now, the 21-year-old singer has returned to the spotlight with the release of his first full-length album in eight years, Portraits.
The new album takes a sleek, synthpop journey through Chance’s previous relationship, exploring themes of heartbreak and loneliness throughout the record’s 12 tracks. While tracks like “Timekeeper” and “Bleed You Still” offer a slowed-down, introspective look at his lost love, other songs like “Yours” and “Shut Up” offer more upbeat glimpses into the higher points of the relationship.
The singer first found fame as a viral sensation — his cover of Lady Gaga‘s “Paparazzi” at his sixth grade talent show currently has 64 million views on YouTube. Chance then appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show before becoming the first artist to sign on her ElevenEleven label. After releasing his 2011 debut album Hold On ‘Til the Night and a string of subsequent EPs and singles, Chance decided to step away from music and focus on his college studies.
Chance was featured as Billboard Pride’s Artist of the Month earlier this week. In his interview, the star spoke about processing the pain of his breakup into an album. “I’m coming back and really trying to make a record that I felt anyone could listen to and respect,” he said. “That’s what I’ve always wanted to do in music.”
Check out Greyson Chance’s new record Portraits below: