Pop Artists React To George Zimmerman Not Guilty Verdict

Greyson Chance on his tour bus

Several pop artists are reacting to the news that George Zimmerman was found not guilty on all charges in last year’s shooting death of Trayvon Martin, with about all of them expressing varying degrees of disappointment with the verdict. Among the messages on Twitter:

Vita Chambers (@VitaChambers): Zimmerman not guilty! RIP Trayvon. Karma is the true justice

Melody Thornton (@MelodyThornton): God will have his way in this case! God knows what happened. #PrayForTheMartinFamily
I want to have faith in our system but I can only honestly say I am so f**king angry that a life was lost and 1 spared in the wrong order
Shaking!! I’m so disappointed in these 6 woman!!!!!

Kat DeLuna (@KatDeLuna): Praying for Trayvon Martin Family

Matt Nathanson (@mattnathanson): Oh no… trayvon.

Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore): My heart is heavy…for all who knew and loved #TrayvonMartin. His life mattered. This is shameful.

Melanie Amaro (@ItsMelanieAmaro): I cannot believe this !

Miley Cyrus sunglassesMiley Cyrus (@MileyCyrus): I feel sick. #RipTrayvonMartin. No Justice. No peace. The world is a scary place.

Lance Bass (@LanceBass): That he didn’t get at least manslaughter blows my mind. Heart hurts for the Martin family.

Rebecca Black (@MsRebeccaBlack): woah. just heard about the Zimmerman verdict. opposite of excitement right now

Starshell (@Starshell): OMG! Just heard the verdict from the Trayvon Martin case. This is horrible. I think I just lost every ounce of faith I had in our “justice” system

Alexz Johnson (@alexzjohnson): Nothing to celebrate. So sad. A kid is dead, and a sane adult should have stayed in the car. #TrayvonMartin #GeorgeZimmerman

Greyson Chance (@greysonchance): saddened by tonight’s verdict #RipTrayvonMartin

Elizabeth and the Catapult (@thecatapult): I am sincerely shocked by this verdict. DOES NOT COMPUTE. I just don’t understand.

Mason Musso (@TheMasonMusso): Really saddened by the verdict tonight… My thoughts and prayers are with Trayvon Martin’s family

Greyson Chance Parts Ways With Interscope

Greyson Chance

Greyson Chance checked in with his Twitter followers (@greysonchance) moments ago, revealing that he has parted ways with his record label Interscope, crediting the imprint for their contribution to his 2011 debut album ‘Hold On ’til the Night’. Chance had told Billboard he planned on releasing a sophomore album out by year’s end. Greyson writes:

So the word is out that myself and Interscope have parted ways.

It was a positive parting, for both of us, and I will always remember them as my first home and my first record label.

I will miss my friends at IGA, but I think it was a positive for my artistic career in the [future].

HOTTN was fueled by them and I thank them so much for believe in me. #newfrontiers

Greyson Chance ‘Hold On ‘Til The Night’ Video

Greyson Chance 'Hold On 'Til The Night'

Greyson Chance has released the official music video for his latest single, ‘Hold On ‘Til the Night’, the title track from his debut album.

The black and white video made its television debut Friday on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, where Greyson appeared as a special surprise guest to talk about the music video and its special message: encouraging kids to be themselves and speak their minds.

Greyson recently took to his Tumblr to share his insights on the video: “I shot the video all in black and white and created something that was more artsy and uplifting. This video is about lighting up a new generation.”

Watch it via YouTube below.

Greyson Chance ‘Hold On ‘Til the Night’ Video Behind The Scenes

Greyson Chance face

Greyson Chance is giving fans a special sneak peak of his ‘Hold On ‘Til the Night’ music video with a brand new behind the scenes clip. The video for ‘Hold On ‘Til the Night’ premiere on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ earlier today.

“This song is really special to me,” Greyson said about the track. “When I was writing it in the studio, it’s one of those kind of power anthems. It’s about being strong and being courageous.”

Greyson Chance 'Hold On 'Til the Night'Describing the video scene, Greyson said, “We have some really weird things going on. We have trees, we have pianos, we have light bulbs flashing everywhere. It’s gonna be really exciting.”

“I think the video is all about enlightenment, as you can see. I think it’s about courage and it’s also like you’re in a different world right now.”

Directors Dano Cerny and Marielle Tepper of Hyperballad also shared their thoughts about the video. “This song is all about enlightenment, it’s all about shedding light, and feeling powerful, so we kind of came up with this cool concept to do an installation piece using light bulbs and keep it just really simple, but also something that symbolizes a bigger universe out there. Like each kid is a light bulb. Each kid is a beacon of hope,” Cerny explained.

Greyson Chance with directors Dano Cerny and Marielle Tepper on the set of his 'Hold On 'Til the Night' music videoCerny said of a particular scene, “We came up with this really simple black and white concept, kind of inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous portrait screen test and we kind of just wanted to do very raw, real, simple. Even in the darkest moments, beautiful things can come out of it. It’s all about even through those dark times, if you hold on to the night, there is light to be had at the end of the tunnel.”

‘Hold On ‘Til the Night’ is the title track from Greyson’s recently released debut album of the same name, available now in stores and online.

Greyson Chance Talks ‘Raising Hope’, Online School, Album & Asia

Greyson Chance sat down with ‘Good Day LA’ this week to discuss his guest role as young Jimmy Chance on ‘Raising Hope’, as well as his recent tour in Asia and his dream of appearing on Glee. Watch the interview via MyFoxLA.com below and watch Greyson guest star on tonight’s episode of ‘Raising Hope’ on FOX at 9:30/8:30c.

“I was very skeptical about putting it on YouTube actually,” Greyson said about his cover of ‘Paparazzi’ by Lady Gaga for a school talent show. “Just kind of for the heck of it (I put it up), and then from there it just let to, I got signed to a record label and I released my album.”

On rumors of a ‘Glee’ appearance, he said, “Hopefully, please spread them. I would love to be on ‘Glee’ and it’s the same network as FOX. That would definitely be something I’d like to do. I’m a huge fan of the show.”

Greyson Chance does an interview about his 'Paparazzi' cover, the debut album, acting and success in AsiaTalking about his online education, Greyson said, “I can do it on my BlackBerry and my computer. They check up on me. I actually have to finish here in two weeks and I’m very scared because I’m a little bit behind. I’ve been procrastinating just a tad bit, but now it’s two weeks and I’m like, ‘I have to go, I have to go!'”

Discussing his role models, he said, “Musically I’m really inspired by a lot of different people. I’m really inspired actually by Steve Perry from Journey. I’m a huge Journey fan and I just really like him a lot and everything that he’s done in the music industry. I love Gaga of course too. I love Coldplay.”

Mentioning his popularity in Asia, Greyson said, “Actually, to be very honest with you, the ‘Paparazzi’ thing is not really that big. It really didn’t catch on there. It was the album, which is really quite weird because everyone in the U.S. knows me for the ‘Paparazzi’ but also for the album.”

Greyson’s new video for ‘Hold On Til The Night’, the title track from his recent debut album, will premiere this Friday on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’.

Greyson Chance Makes Another ‘Raising Hope’ Guest Appearance

Greyson Chance on 'Raising Hope'

Greyson Chance will guest star once again on Tuesday’s episode of ‘Raising Hope’, which airs on FOX at 9:30/8:30c. Greyson will reprise his role as young Jimmy Chance in “The Men of New Natesville,” where Jimmy confronts his high school bully. He last appeared in the show’s season two premiere, rocking a cover of Otis Redding’s ‘Hard to Handle’. Visit Fox.com/RaisingHope for more information on Tuesday’s show.

Greyson Chance Covers ‘Yoü and I’ By Lady Gaga

After becoming a YouTube sensation with his performance of Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ at an Oklahoma talent show, 14 year old Greyson Chance unveiled a cover song of another Gaga hit, ‘Yoü and I’. She tweeted the video to her followers last weekend, saying “What a sweetie @greysonchance did a beautiful cover of ‘Yoü and I’. It gave me chills!” Watch it via YouTube below.

Greyson Chance Covers ‘Hard to Handle’

September 23, 2011 – On Tuesday night’s season premiere of FOX’s ‘Raising Hope’, 14-year-old pop-rock phenom Greyson Chance played the younger, more talented version of main character Jimmy Chance. In the show he performed the hit ‘Hard to Handle’ – originally by Otis Redding but popularized by The Black Crowes – and has just uploaded a full version of the track to his YouTube channel. Watch it below.

Greyson Stars On ‘Raising Hope’ Season Premiere

September 15, 2011 – Greyson Chance will make his acting debut on FOX’s hit comedy ‘Raising Hope’, which airs at Tuesday (September 20) at 8/7c. Greyson (who coincidentally shares the same last name as the show’s fictional family) will play the younger version of main character Jimmy Chance on the season premiere. Watch a preview via Greyson’s YouTube channel below.

The 14-year-old pop singer told his Twitter followers (@greysonchance):

Just saw a commercial for my first episode of @RaisingHopeFOX can’t wait for you to see Cloris teach me how to play the piano

Greyson Chance On Social Media, Debut Album & Lady Gaga

closeup of Greyson Chance visiting Walmart Risers

Greyson Chance sat down with Walmart Risers and got personal about social media, his recently released debut album ‘Hold On ‘Til The Night’, fame, and Lady Gaga.

“What I love about this record is that it’s that typical breakup song,” Greyson said about the track ‘Unfriend You’. “It’s about that girl who basically unfriended you and you unfriended her back. The more I think is so great about the concept of the record as well is every part of it ties back to social media. Every time I’m on Facebook now and I see the person’s name, unfriend them, I get a little chuckle. That’s my song.”

“I wrote more than half the songs on this record and writing this record was just such a fun project,” the 14-year-old said, “because I was really endless with what I could write about and that’s what was just so much fun. There was never really that barrier. Nothing was out yet. A single hasn’t been chosen yet so I just went to the studio with just this clear head and thought I could write about anything. That’s why I think the record turned out very diverse.”

“Writing is so different in some ways. You can have this idea in your head like a melody, or you can have this lyrical idea, and it’s different in every way. I work with The Matrix on this record, and what I really love about working with them is I’ll come in the studio and they’ll be like listen to this little melody idea we have. Then they play me this little melody and then for like a solid day we’re just like pouring out all of our ideas… Then finally we find the right one, we find the right meldies and then everything just seems to fall in place and it’s over.”

Talking about his experience behind the keys, Greyson said, “I started playing the piano when I was about seven. What I would do, my mom got so mad at me, I would take marker on our old piano, washable marker, and then I’d go C D E F G, so I know which keys I’m playing. She came home one day and is like, ‘What did you just do? What happened?’ I was like, ‘Mom, sorry, I was learning how to play piano’. Then I got masking tape and put it over the keys and did that.”

As for the infamous talent show performance of ‘Paparazzi’ by Lady Gaga that launched his career, Greyson said, “Doing ‘Paparazzi’ at the talent show was quite funny. After that night when I went into the lobby, all of these girls from the people in the audience came up and were like, ‘Can we have your autograph?’ I was like, I was really happy, but I was like, ‘How do I sign my name?’ In the back of my head I was like I want it to look good because I’m gonna be famous one day. Then a month later, it happened.”

The interview video at soundcheck.walmart.com has since been removed. Check out additional pictures from Greyson’s visit below the cut. (more…)

Greyson Chance Laughs Off ‘Paparazzi’ Label Plant Conspiracy

While he was in the studio finishing up debut album ‘Hold On Til The Night’, Greyson Chance did a quick interview with Best Buy for their in-store network. BestBuyOn.com spoke with Greyson to find out how the 13-year-old learned to play the piano and his thoughts on his YouTube success.

“I got on YouTube and I saw this guy he was saying how it was totally planned,” Chance said about one of the reactions to his ‘Paparazzi’ cover on YouTube, which has received over 42 million views. “That the record label planned it. It was this whole thing, ‘The sound quality is a little bit too good for an amateur filmmaker.’ My dad was sitting in the back with this big smile on his face going, ‘I did a good job, man’.”

‘Hold On Til The Night’ debuted last week at #2 on the iTunes chart, and features singles ‘Unfriend You’ and ‘Waiting Outside the Lines’. Visit Greyson-Official.com to get the latest updates about his remaining summer tour dates.

Greyson Chance Releases “Hold On ‘Til The Night”

Greyson Chance 'Hold On 'Til The Night' album cover

Two years after his talent show performance of Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ became a YouTube sensation, the now 13-year-old Greyson Chance has released his debut album ‘Hold On ‘Til The Night’ on eleveneleven/Maverick/Streamline/Geffen. The majority of songs on the album were written by Greyson himself, including current single ‘Unfriend You’. ‘Hold On ‘Til The Night’ is available in stores and online (iTunes / Amazon).

“I’ve been working on this record for a year now, and I hope you guys like it as much as I do,” Greyson said in a video announcing the album’s release. Watch it below.