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Grayson grown singer signed by major rapper

Torion's music video "Champion" -- filmed at Grayson High School and produced by its students. For more on Torion, view the Gwinnett Daily Post article: http://goo.gl/zGptu


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Torion Sellers: Champion - Music Video

Torion's music video "Champion" -- filmed at Grayson High School and produced by its students. For more on Torion, view the Gwinnett Daily Post article: http://goo.gl/zGptu

Torion's music video "Champion" -- filmed at Grayson High School and produced by its students. For more on Torion, view the Gwinnett Daily Post article: http://goo.gl/zGptu

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Photo: Wildy Civil -- 15-year-old Grayson resident Torion Sellers has boomed into a singing career since rapper Lil' Wayne signed him to his record label.

MOBILE USERS: Click here to view the video, "Champion."

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Torion Sellers of Grayson has been singing and dancing in his living room since he was 9 years old. Five years later, he was signed by rapper Lil Wayne to be a part of the Young Money Entertainment recording label. Now, the 15-year-old records music, performs in videos, co-writes lyrics and just got back from the "Scream" tour.

Needless to say, his life has changed drastically since being signed last October.

"This is just great," he said. "Everything is just a good experience. I can see how I've grown in the past -- I've grown so much. I love studio time. Before I was scared to go to the studio. Now I want to go every day."

Sellers has recorded 60 songs -- so far -- in studios across the nation, including in Atlanta, Miami (where Young Money is headquartered), New York, New Jersey, California and Los Angeles.

Even though Lil Wayne has taken the young singer under his wing, Sellers isn't being molded into a rapper. He sings and his sound has been compared to Justin Bieber.

"That makes me feel good if that's what the fans say because Justin Bieber is a great artist, so I take it in a good way," he said.

The teen keeps his lyrics clean and he likes to sing about the things he knows.

"I am learning how to write my own songs," Sellers said. "I write mostly about girls -- teenage things like going to the movies with your friends, to the mall, mostly having fun as a teenager. I'm trying to stay in my age."

Sellers doesn't see or talk to Lil Wayne daily, but the star still gives him pointers. That's his job as a mentor to the budding performer.

"Lil Wayne is phenomenal. He's a great person," he said. "(Young Money) really lets you do you and what you want to do. They don't try to tell you how to do things, just give suggestions. (Lil Wayne) keeps telling me to stay grounded, keep my head focused and keep my grades up ... and not be cocky."

Since the career boost, Sellers' life isn't the only one that has changed. Father Todd Sellers is now a full-time manager and travel companion to the new star.

"I'm excited, it's invigorating for him," Todd Sellers said. "(My wife and I ) are willing to make the sacrifices to be behind him, to support him to go all the way. I'm there for him, no matter what he needs: education, support, motivation, you name it. We're there."

Sellers has recently wrapped up video production is his latest song, "Champion," which features Grayson High School's football team, the 2012 state champion.

"Grayson's football team is amazing," Torion Sellers said. "Everyone was real cool during the video. I think this song wouldn't go to just Grayson. It can (be used by) any high school football team -- if you're champions."

Besides the team, high jump Olympian Chaunte Lowe, a Grayson teacher, makes an appearance promoting "Champion," which is about celebration, not trash talk.

"We're not bashing (other schools), we're just talking about being a champion," Todd Sellers said. "It's a really cool, genuine video. The lyrics are clean. There is nothing you have to listen out for because as a parent, I don't tolerate that."

The video was released Thursday at www.gwinnettdailypost.com.

MOBILE USERS: Click here to view the video, "Champion."

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mustardandbiscuit 2 years, 1 month ago

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John5214 2 years, 1 month ago

Someone needs to show him how to wear a hat.

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