The new YouTube sensation: Greyson Michael Chance
It seems as though we see this almost every day now.
YouTube has become this century’s American dream. Post a few low-budget videos highlighting your God-given talents on the Internet and watch your celebrity grow. Last year it was Justin Bieber, who has found great success and a bevy of over-protective female fans. He started his “career” by posting covers on his YouTube account, which were eventually spotted by Usher – and the rest is history.
This year, it seems YouTube has unearthed the next tween superstar. His name is Greyson Michael Chance, a 12-year-old sixth grader from Oklahoma. His cover of Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi,” (posted above) tore through the the site with reckless abandon. His video garnered so much attention that Ellen Degeneres brought him on her show for a live performance.
I think we have come upon the new generation of discovering musical talent. Step over Myspace, YouTube commands the music industry now! Any child with a dream of winning a Grammy need not do more than have access to a video camera and an Internet connection.
It is interesting, though, how our culture will hype almost anything in our society. One video and this kid is a superstar. Just read this article from People Magazine discussing the next “big” thing.
Although I’m envious as hell that my vocal abilities are no match for Greyson’s, it’s a thrill to see sites like YouTube making a little kid’s dream come true.