Grace VanderWaal is back with “Moonlight,” a bouncy new acoustic track that makes us want to dance on a beach somewhere under the stars. The 13-year-old 2016 “America’s Got Talent” champ dropped the song yesterday and played it on VidCon #YouTubeOnStage last night.
VanderWaal’s signature quirky, raspy vocals float over her ukulele like a soft summer breeze. She sings to someone who is trying to put on a front for others and is struggling on the inside:
“She always has a smile/From morning to the night/The perfect poster child/That was once in my life/A doll made out of glass/All her friends think that she’s great/But I can see through it all/That she’s about to break.”
The beat boasts a fun, tropical flair. We can imagine ocean waves rolling into shore as moonlight dances over the water. The breezy new tune follows the bubbly New York native’s critically-acclaimed debut EP Perfectly Imperfect. VanderWaal frequently writes about friendships and relationships and “Moonlight” marks another great example.
Vocal power and momentum builds in the chorus as she reminds her friend how fun things used to be: “Remember last year when you told me/ To always stay here and never leave me/ The light from your eyes made it feel like/ We, we're dancing in the moonlight.”
The talented young singer-songwriter took the world by storm last year after wowing the “America’s Got Talent” judging panel by playing her vulnerable original song “I Don’t Know My Name” at her audition. Howie Mandel loved it so much he pressed the Golden Buzzer, sending her straight to the Live Shows. She went on to win the title, the million-dollar grand prize, and the hearts of people around the world.
Simon Cowell predicted VanderWaal would become “the next Taylor Swift” during her AGT run. She’s been passionately pursuing her career ever since. She sang at the Special Olympics in Austria with Jason Mraz earlier this year and recently returned from her first trip to Japan, where she performed and took time to meet fans. She shared her excitement about the experience via Twitter saying, “LOVED meeting my fans in Japan yesterday!! Thanks to everyone who came out ❤ #YouMeJapan.”
“Moonlight” is available for download and streaming across all digital platforms.
Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/GV-MoonlightAM
Google Play: http://smarturl.it/GV-MoonlightGP
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