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GREYSON CHANCE.

The singer-songwriter has returned, and he’s ready to inspire a whole new generation of LGBTQ youth.
Photography Jonce

Nine years ago, Greyson Chance became a viral sensation after his sixth-grade performance of Lady Gaga’s 2009 pop anthem, Paparazzi, was uploaded to YouTube. After receiving widespread attention, heaps of acclaim (and a phone call from Gaga), the singer-songwriter – who was just 12-years-old at the time – was invited to appear on The Ellen Degeneres Show, and subsequently became a household name in the United States. In the same year, Greyson released his first single Waiting Outside the Lines – produced by Christina Aguilera’s mentor, Ron Fair – which was shortly followed by his poprock influenced debut studio album, Hold On ‘til the Night. Imagine doing all of that before you hit your teens? “I had to go through the ringers of the music industry at a very young age,” says Greyson. “I am just so blessed for my parents. I have an amazing mom and dad and they supported me through it the entire time, but there were a lot of pros and cons to it.” In subsequent years, Greyson released multiple EPs and a number of standalone singles – including Meridians, Back on the Wall and Lighthouse – but later decided that he wasn’t cut out for the industry. “I didn’t really see a path or trajectory for myself moving forward in music. Throughout adolescence, I knew I was good at music, but I don’t think I understood the weight of this being my path, my purpose. I became so beat down in the industry and so many people closed the door on me and said, ‘Listen, you’ve had your moment, that’s it.’”

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Celebrating the LGBTQ affinity with music, each voice in this special issue of Gay Times Magazine is committed to advancing the journey of queer people across the globe, while also giving us plenty of bops to get emotional to, identify with, but most importantly, play loudly and proudly in celebration. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Gay Times Magazine, as so many of our favourite pop stars, has been on a rollercoaster of evolution, and tomorrow we too will enter a new era. With our 500th consecutive issue just around the corner, every single step of the Gay Times Magazine production process has been upgraded. From paper stock to set design, typography to couture - we're truly able to offer a premium product, in the vibrant quality that our community deserves. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ In this issue: Pabllo Vittar, Lauren Jauregui, MARINA, Will Young, Girli, Allie X, Violet Chachki, Aaron Porter, Sateen, Miss Benny, Greyson Chance, ARUN plus fashion, travel and opinion pieces from all over the world!