Hailed by Rolling Stone as a “pop prodigy,” Grace VanderWaal has staked a claim to be one of the most exciting names in music today. Upon skyrocketing to fame after winning the 11th season of NBC’s top-rated America’s Got Talent and releasing the best-selling EP Perfectly Imperfect, the ukulele-wielding VanderWaal is a singer-songwriter in the truest sense of the term with a distinct knack for capturing emotion while armed with her trademark smoky voice.
Recently named one of Billboard’s 21 Stars Under 21 for the second time and recognized in Variety’s Youth Impact Report, VanderWaal has delivered viral performances everywhere from The Ellen DeGeneres Show to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as the openingceremony of the 2017 Special Olympics. Throughout it all, it’s a cache of intensely personal music that endears her to fans around the world. “The songs I write are based on my life experiences,” VanderWaal says. “I channel whatever feelings I have into my lyrics, and if I feel in my heart that a song is right, then it’s right,” says VanderWaal of her songwriting craft. “My favorite part of it all is performing and seeing how my fans react to my music. I love being able to sing something I’ve created.”