Paparazzi Prodigy Greyson Chance’s Radio Interview With Ryan Seacrest

Greyson Chance experienced his first radio interview with Ryan Seacrest on the latter’s show earlier today. It was such a great interview and, considering that not even a month has passed since Greyson posted his video on YouTube.Com, I am astounded at the maturity and composure of this young man. In addition to being immensely talented, he is such a sweet, genuine young man.

A couple of weeks ago, Ellen Degeneres introduced us the 12-year-old phenomenon and was so impressed with this talented young man that she started her own record label –eleveneleven – and signed the young prodigy.

According to RyanSeacrest.Com

Four weeks, $10,000, 22 million YouTube views and a record contract later,Greyson Chance is nearly a household name and drawing comparisons to teen phenom Justin Bieber.

This is quite a story and we are all in for a terrific ride as we watch a young raw talent evolve into a huge star before our very eyes. This is truly Ellen’s version of  Simon Cowell’s new show, The X-Factor.  And I am sure this is only the beginning of Ellen’s new adventure into the A & R business. Knowing Ellen, the sky’s the limit!

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

4 Responses to “Paparazzi Prodigy Greyson Chance’s Radio Interview With Ryan Seacrest”

  1. I wish people wouldn’t make Greyson’s success so much of a him vs. Justin Bieber thing. It’s just silly. They are two different people & their music is quite different. There is room enough in this world for both of them. Thanks for continuing to follow Greyson, MCL. I think he’s going to have a great future but I am also hoping very much that he will get some vocal training to help his wonderful voice be everything that it can be. I am optimistic that Ellen will help make that happen.


  2. Just listened to this interview – I love this kid. He’s so down to earth & at the same time he has the “fire” that it takes to perform & to be a star. I’m looking forward to seeing what he & Ellen’s folks at 11/11 put together. Go Greyson!


  3. Looking forward to hearing more from Greyson, but hope he won’t be pushed into formal voice lessons in the way I was with piano training as a child. Thirty years later I found my love for the piano again on my own and much happier now though still not playing as he can. Took John Williams a long time to get over his ‘classical’ training in order to become a creative musician, from what I remember him saying in an interview some time ago. Did Elvis have formal voice training, does anyone know?

    There’s just something so wonderful about natural ability when it reveals itself, and his own nature and relaxed acceptance of his ability speak volumes for his parents’ attitude as good for him, so hope all his family and friends help him to keep his feet on the ground as he blossoms, able to withstand the pressures that may occur. If he can meet other singers, osmosis is often the best natural teacher, as he’s apparently been doing already. Thank you, Greyson, love to you and your family, and thank you, Rosanne for keeping us informed. I’ve just found your site and am intrigued to learn more myself, Liz


  4. Liz,

    You’ve made some interesting comments here about formal voice lessons. I hope that MCL might share with us her thoughts about how a young talent like Greyson might be nurtured.


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