Greyson Chance — a teen viral sensation-turned-singer/songwriter — has inked a new record deal with Arista Records and Sony Music.
Chance first made his mark in 2010 with his jaw-dropping cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” at a school talent show, which garnered more than 60 million views and skyrocketed him to success. After appearing on Ellen, he signed with DeGeneres’ eleveneleven label, releasing two EPs and one full-length album distributed via Interscope Geffen A&M Records.
A lot has changed since then, including Chance coming out as gay in July 2017 and taking a break from music shortly afterward. However, he made a comeback in March with his newest album portraits and announced a world tour earlier this month.
Chance shared the news of the record deal via social media on Wednesday (June 26) with an emotional Instagram caption detailing his difficult experience in the industry.
your boy just signed a deal with @aristarecords & @sonymusicglobal ???? … when i was 15, i was dropped by my first record label. shortly after, my entire team fled, including my manager, agent, publicist, everyone. it was the most isolated i have ever felt in my life, and suddenly the future i dreamed of in music seemed insurmountable and impossible. i remember pleading with myself to keep on fighting; i did. last week i signed a deal that i have been working towards for 6 years and life feels very surreal at the moment. thank you to @davidmassey123 and @aristarecords for their trust in my creative vision and this opportunity to create. to my friends, family, Alex, and to Oklahoma, thank you for your tireless support and for always being there for me no matter the circumstance. it is truly amazing what can happen in life when you put your head down, place faith into yourself, and continue on. i’m not going anywhere x.
“When I was 15, I was dropped by my first record label… It was the most isolated I have ever felt in my life,” Chance wrote. “Suddenly the future I dreamed of in music seemed insurmountable and impossible. I remember pleading with myself to keep on fighting; I did.”
Arista Records was recently revived by Sony in July 2018 and is headed by former Island Records president and CEO David Massey. Chance will join the ranks of Arista’s other new recruits, including Charlie Puth’s little brother Stephen and Lithuanian producer Dynoro.