You might remember Greyson Chance as the kid who covered a Lady Gaga song and got a record deal from Ellen. That is true. But, that is not who Greyson Chance is anymore.
Fresh on the heels of a stellar new album, one which he describes as his debut, Greyson is hitting the road on his Portraits Tour.
Recently, he stopped by The Roxy here in Los Angeles and I was lucky enough to attend the show.
It was, in a word, fantastic. Gone is that precocious kid, in his place is a confident, honest, introspective, powerhouse of talent. His lyrics are deeply personal and when he takes the stage to perform them, he puts everything out there.
The setlist is made up mostly of tracks from his recent album but he does fit in a few tracks from his previous EP Somewhere Over My Head. There isn’t a hint of songs from his early days. He’s put that behind him, at least for now, which allows Greyson to focus on where he is now, what his story and truth are now and that is with these songs that speak to any and everyone who has dealt with love and heartbreak, growing up, finding themselves, and dealing with life. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I didn’t get emotional more than once when some of these lyrics hit home.
The crowd, save for a couple annoyances, was diverse and all of them, myself included, were completely enraptured by the show and for good reason. There wasn’t a misfire in the entire set. If I had one complaint, it’s that the show didn’t last longer. Greyson took the stage and had us all immediately. Song after song, story after story, drink after drink, shirt after shirt, he had us all firmly in his grip.
To put it simply, Greyson Chance is fucking incredible live. I was honored to see this new chapter of what will be an incredible career. He is an artist heart and soul and seeing him live will just confirm that fact for anyone lucky enough to see him. Go catch this show and get his new album. You will not regret it.
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