It seems hard to believe it’s already been two years since season 11 “America’s Got Talent” winner Grace VanderWaal got her “miracle” win and her $1 million grand prizes. Since then, the teen songstress has hit the ground running with what can arguably be described as a whirlwind music career.
VanderWaal released her debut EP, Perfectly Imperfect to critical acclaim in 2016 and last year, dropped her debut album Just the Beginning. She’s also scored several notable awards including the 2017 Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award, a Teen Choice Award and a Radio Disney Best New Artist Award. Now, she’s set to star in her first Disney film called “Stargirl” and reportedly teased new music in a recent Billboard interview.
She said, “I've made songs and I want to release one or two singles while I'm filming Stargirl, and then after Stargirl, I want to release the main single leading into an EP or short album. That's my plan right now -- I have it all strategically planned. I want to make that big single right after Stargirl, and that'll be the main song on the album. I'm still finishing the short album.
Historically, VanderWaal has written or co-written songs with upbeat, positive messages such as her signature “America’s Got Talent” audition song “I Don’t Know My Name,” “Clay,” “Light the Sky” and “Beautiful Thing.” She also released a stunning remake of Johnny Nash’s iconic ‘70s hit “I Can See Clearly Now” called “Clearly.” Most recently, she just wrapped a tour as the opening act for Imagine Dragons and now, the multi-talented artist is launching her own line of signature Grace VanderWaal ukuleles with Fender. She sent out a tweet with the big news, noting the line launches Oct. 2 (See her post below).
It also looks like VanderWaal kept her eye on the season 13 “America’s Got Talent” finalists this year, sending out a “Drop the mic” tweet of support to jaw-dropping electric violinist and third place finalist Brian King Joseph and also teamed up with Ingrid Michaelson to record “RockinaroundtheChristmastree for Michaelson’s upcoming holiday record.
We’re not sure what other projects Grace VanderWaal has up her sleeve but for now, she’s clearly blazing a path toward a busy, bright future. Stay tuned to AXS for Grace VanderWaal updates.