Indie singer-songwriting sensation Grace VanderWaal recently stopped by the Elvis Duran Show to chat with the hosts, play her new single “Clearly” and treated fans to an amazing cover of Shawn Mendes’ hit single “In My Blood.” The 14-year-old Billboard Rising Star Award winner perfectly captured the despair in the chorus as she softly opens the song with her distinct, raspy tone, “Help me, it’s like the walls are caving in/Sometimes I feel like giving up/But I just can’t/It isn’t in my blood.”
VanderWaal is accompanied by a guitarist and eventually picks up a shaker to keep time on the vulnerable ballad, which feels like something in her wheelhouse, which she may have written. Mendes candidly admitted to Dan Wooten in an interview with The Sun that the track is about his struggle with anxiety. He wanted to try to help others understand anxiety with the song. He said, “What I have to do now is be very honest with myself and honest about what I’m talking about. Make something as serious as anxiety tangible where everybody can listen to it and either connect with it or understand it.”
The New York native teen and season 11 “America’s Got Talent” champ wrote her own song about mental health issues, “Moonlight,” which is about someone who looks great to others around her but is secretly battling depression. The song is the lead track from VanderWaal’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Just the Beginning. She also takes a bold stand against social pressure with her reimagining of Johnny Nash’s ‘70s hit, “I Can See Clearly Now.” The track is called “Clearly” and she dropped the electrifying music video for the song last month.
Mendes reportedly called into the Elvis Duran show later that morning and Duran played a clip of VanderWaal singing his song. He responded with high praise saying, “I saw her the other day. She is special. I mean that with so much honesty. When I say special, I mean that she's truly special cause she knows what she wants and she knows what she wants to make musically" and later added, "I think she's going to be super, super big one day."
You can watch Grace VanderWaal’s stirring “In My Blood” performance in the video embedded above. She is currently touring with Imagine Dragons on the Evolve Tour and will stop at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on July 16. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS).