10 Questions with Greyson Chance

Oct 30, 2015 at 12:49 p.m. ET
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Greyson Chance debuted his new single "Afterlife" yesterday on iTunes, so we thought it was time to get to know the singer/songwriter a little bit better.

SheKnows: Who's the most important person in your life right now?

Greyson Chance: The most important person in my life right now would most likely be my dad. Now that I am 18 and slowly starting to get into adulthood, I am beginning to pick up some new traits that seem really similar to my father. He’s a big role model for me.

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SK: What's one misconception fans may have about you, or fame in general?

GC: I think that some people believe that with notoriety and recognition comes a life full of ease. The truth is that even with notoriety, there will always be something trying to tear you down. That’s why it is important to me, as an artist, to always focus on my craft and to keep on writing music.

SK: What's the biggest challenge you've encountered in your career so far?

GC: I think the largest challenge I’ve had in my career is to prove that I am not a gimmick and that I am an actual musician. At the end of the day, I started on the piano and will always be most comfortable there.

SK: What's a recent fear you've conquered?

GC: Heights. I jumped off a 70-foot bridge into a river in Colorado over the summer and felt like a champion after the fact. Not to mention that my knees were shaking pretty strongly before I jumped.

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SK: Are you superstitious? If so, about what?

GC: I am not superstitious at all, but I do believe in luck. I’ve hung out with many black cats and they’ve seemed to be all right.

SK: If you could have three new famous friends in your squad, who would they be and why?

GC: I would add Pete Davidson, Little Simz, and John Kerry to my squad. Seems a little strange, but Pete is my favorite comedian, Little Simz has a fresh new record and John Kerry is a badass who seems like he needs some young friends.

SK: What inspired the new single "Afterlife"?

GC: The inspiration behind "Afterlife" is quite sad, actually. I wanted to write a record about a person’s feelings when they lost someone to the other side. How they might feel angry, sad and lost. Also, I really like how the dark lyric contrasts with the tempo of the track; I think it makes the lyric more interesting.

SK: We recently saw you tweeted about missing home. Tell us one of your favorite memories about your home.

GC: Probably my favorite thing I miss about home would be Sundays with my family. Every Sunday back home, I would wake up, go to church with my family and then make it home in time for the Dallas Cowboys games. I can’t forget to mention that there [are] always a couple Coors Lights drank with Dad on the couch while watching the game.

SK: Who's your Hollywood girl crush?

GC: Probably Alessia Cara. I love her EP; she’s really talented.

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SK: What causes or movements do you feel really passionate about?

GC: I am really passionate about Stand Up to Cancer and their continuous contribution to cancer research. Since my mom is a breast cancer survivor, I feel partial to the cause and want to support it as much as possible.

Download Greyson Chance's new single on iTunes, and look out for his new EP titled Somewhere Over My Head, being released early 2016.