Grace VanderWaal takes a bold stand against social pressure with her liberating new single and video for “Clearly.” The 14-year-old singer-songwriter serves up a complete reimaging of Johnny Nash’s iconic ‘70s hit “I Can See Clearly Now” with the confident-yet-breezy track in which she declares “I accept all the things I cannot change.” That line, in fact, is VanderWaal’s favorite one in the song.
In a video which the former “America’s Got Talent” champion posted on Twitter in conjunction with the single’s release, she introduces her parents and explains why she likes that message saying, “I think that especially young girls and boys of this generation need to realize you can’t change yourself. No matter how much you might physically change yourself, you’re you. We haven’t been taught about hope and we don’t really see a point in it. I think it’s really important to teach people what it is and why you should have it.” (Watch her talk about the song below).
In the music video, VanderWaal faces her reflection in the mirror and decides to scrub off all her makeup and just be her natural self. She changes into a white dress and runs outside and points her face upward singing Nash’s familiar chorus, “I can see clearly now, the rain has gone.” A gospel choir backs her from windows all over the house. (Watch the entire video above).
The “I Don’t Know My Name” singer has forged a huge fan following since her inspirational 2016 AGT win. She released a critically-acclaimed EP, Perfectly Imperfect, a month after her win. Last November, she released her debut full-length album, Just the Beginning, which opened at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 album chart. She notably won the 2017 Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award and has made the magazine’s 21 Under 21 list of fast-rising young music stars twice.