Grace VanderWaal recently announced her new single “Stray” will drop this Friday, Feb. 22. The New York native singer-songwriter released cover art for the track, along with the arrival date via Instagram. The post followed a heartfelt, handwritten letter to her fans.
VanderWaal sent the letter via mail along with a signed poster to her fans’ homes, Billboard reports.
It has been a whirlwind time for VanderWaal since she won “America’s Got Talent” back in 2016. In the candid personal note, the “I Don’t Know My Name” songstress admits feeling “empty” after coming home from being on tour and filming her upcoming Disney movie “Stargirl.”
Last month, VanderWaal turned 15. In the letter, she also credited both the tour and film experiences as “changing” her. She later revealed songwriting helped her reconnect with herself.
Well-known for sending positive messages in her songs, VanderWaal encouraged her fans in her letter saying, “Growing up feels like a storm you weren’t prepared for. But how do you prepare? By practicing and appreciating you.” She added her upcoming song “Stray” “explains the exhilarating fear and freedom of growing up.”
Grace VanderWaal opened for Imagine Dragons on their 2018 Evolve World Tour, performing songs from her critically-acclaimed debut album Just the Beginning. The teen’s heartfelt letter to her fans marks another example of how she has managed to stay humble in the face of her fast-paced breakout success.
Last year, VanderWaal made Forbes 2019 30 Under 30 list. She was the youngest person on the prestigious ranking (then 14-years-old). At just 13, she won the Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award. In her emotional acceptance speech, she thanked her parents and her team for helping her achieve her dream.
In her recent letter, VanderWaal urged her fans to “appreciate yourself before losing yourself” and teased there’s much more to come. See the cover art for “Stray” below and stay tuned to AXS for more on Grace VanderWaal.