At Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Thursday, Chance used a 25-minute set to celebrate the one-year anniversary, to the day, of the posting of the short film that launched him. In that viral clip, the then pre-teen pianist/singer from Oklahoma crooned Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" at his 6th grade talent show. Within a verse and a chorus, a gaggle of schoolgirls abandoned any fear of cooties and became visibly enraptured with their classmate. According to YouTube, Chance's clip has logged more than 39 million views.
Chance, now 13, recreated every bit of the gloriousness of his Gaga cover in the middle of his Synagogue set, and won over the much bigger, though similarly-aged, audience just as surely. He kept the Tiger Beat target demo swooning with a version of Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" that showed flashes of Freddie Mercury and had enough bombast for Broadway. He delivered "Waiting Outside the Lines," a song he'd unveiled earlier in the week as the special guest performer at the White House Easter Egg Roll, as Coldplay would.