My Weekend

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American singer-songwriter Greyson Chance shot to fame after his cover of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi during a school music festival went viral on YouTube in 2010.

The 18-year-old will perform at A Rooftop Affair - a rooftop concert in myVillage mall in Serangoon Gardens - on June 18.

He released his latest EP, Somewhere Over My Head, last month, so fans can expect to hear acoustic renditions of the songs.

Local singer Inch Chua is also performing.

Tickets can be redeemed with minimum spending at myVillage ($90 for a ticket, $160 for a pair).

Do you have a regular weekend?

Most of the time, I'm with friends, but I also spend most of my weekends writing songs; I do that day in, day out. I'm a big foodie and I live in Los Angeles so I try to go to as many restaurants as possible and taste as many new cuisines as I can.

You've been to Singapore before. What are you looking forward to eating here?

I'm a massive sushi eater so any Japanese restaurant would be one of my favourites. One of my favourite dishes in Singapore is black pepper crab, but I can't remember the name of the restaurant.

What are your hobbies?

I'm an avid reader and it's crazy political season in the United States, so I like to keep up with that because it keeps me entertained.

But I'm a pretty strait-laced guy, I just focus on my work and music as much as possible.

I'm a big Ernest Hemingway fan. My favourite book by him is Islands In The Stream. I also like nonfiction.

What do you do to relax? Something great in California, which I don't get to do a lot of in Oklahoma, where I was born and raised, is that I can go to the beach.

I usually go with friends and family, put on some music, sit by the water and sun-bathe.

If you could hang out with anyone, who would it be?

I have hung out with him once or twice, but I'm a massive 1990s rap fan so I would say the rapper Nas. I grew up listening to him - my older brother was into 1990s hip-hop - and I've always liked Nas.

I think he's one of the most real guys in the game. I'm not a hip-hop artist, but I'm very inspired by him.

Brina Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2016, with the headline 'My Weekend'. Print Edition | Subscribe