Grace VanderWaal

Grace VanderWaal

Performances

June 27 - 7:30 PM @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater

Grace VanderWaal

Hailed by Rolling Stone as a “pop prodigy,” Grace VanderWaal has staked a claim to be one of the most exciting names in music today. Upon skyrocketing to fame after winning the 11th season of NBC’s top-rated America’s Got Talent, releasing the best-selling EP Perfectly Imperfect and her first full length album Just The Beginning, the ukulele-wielding VanderWaal is a singer-songwriter in the truest sense of the term with a distinct knack for capturing emotion while armed with her trademark smoky voice. “I’ve had so many amazing little moments so far,” explains VanderWaal. “I can’t believe what’s happened. There’s no words.”

Born in Kansas and raised in Rockland County, New York, VanderWaal auditioned with an original song for NBC’s America’s Got Talent on a whim. She subsequently charmed America, taking home the show’s top prize and quickly signing a deal with Columbia Records and Simon Cowell’s Syco Records, putting her on track to become one of Generation Z’s brightest stars. “Before AGT, I was just Grace,” she explains. “Then everything was flipped upside down. I never could have even dreamed I’d win or that this was my destiny. I’ve been taking it one step at a time ever since.”

Grace was honored as the “Rising Star” at Billboard Women in Music and named one of Billboard’s 21 Stars Under 21 for the second time, in addition to being recognized in Variety’s Youth Impact Report. VanderWaal has delivered viral performances everywhere from The Ellen DeGeneres Show to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as the opening ceremony of the 2017 Special Olympics. The young star has also become a monster presence on YouTube with two different channels where VanderWaal showcases her bright personality, regularly posting covers and originals to the delight of a combined two million subscribers. Proving to be a true social media sensation, her Instagram is filled with empowering messages about her day-to-day life and boasts two million followers, leading acclaimed modeling agency IMG to add her to their prestigious roster.

“When I look in the mirror, I don’t see Grace VanderWaal: the singer. I just see me,” says VanderWaal, who keeps her family close every step of the way (with her sister Olivia even pitching in on the artwork for her album and EP) and prides herself on living an otherwise normal life. It’s all part of an overarching mission to use her incredible voice to empower young girls. “You can go anywhere around the world, and in every culture there’s some kind of music,” she says. “Something about a song has a special ability to touch your heart.” Capitalizing on the bright spotlight of fame, the young singer founded Little Miracles, a charity named after her beloved fan base she launched with her AGT prize money with a mission to aid schools in need.

Throughout it all, it’s a cache of intensely personal music that endears her to fans around the world. “The songs I write are based on my life experiences,” VanderWaal says, who recently released her aptly-titled debut Just The Beginning, on which she wrote every track. Highly anticipated, the album features the current chart-topper “Moonlight,” which she co-wrote with Ido Zmishlany, known for his work with Shawn Mendes. (Other collaborators include pop heavy hitters ranging from Sean Douglas to Gregg Wattenberg). “I channel whatever feelings I have into my lyrics, and if I feel in my heart that a song is right, then it’s right,” says VanderWaal of her songwriting craft. “My favorite part of it all is performing and seeing how my fans react to my music. I love being able to sing something I’ve created.” In support, VanderWaal just finished her sold-out cross-country headlining tour, and is now prepping to join Imagine Dragons on their US tour this summer.

With the singer earning Best New Artist honors at both the Radio Disney Music Awards and Teen Choice Awards and Billboard noting that VanderWaal is “definitely growing by leaps and bounds before our eyes,” it all proves that this indeed is all merely the beginning for the budding star. “I’m so excited for the future,” says VanderWaal. “I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

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