Grace VanderWaal may have impressed the judges on “America’s Got Talent” last month, but playing on a stage at the Palisades Credit Union Park Friday night made her just as nervous.
“There’s a difference between performing in front of a crowd like ‘America’s Got Talent’ because I just think to myself: I’m never going to see them again. But these people I see all over the place …. It’s a very small town. Everyone knows everyone,” Grace said.
The 12-year-old phenom strummed her ukulele, alongside guitarist Dylan Kay, as the opening act to kick off the Ramapo Recreation Department’s sixth annual Ramapo Summer Concert Series at the Boulders' baseball stadium.
Michelle Antosca, Ramapo director of parks and recreation, said her department managed to book the pre-teen wonder last minute to perform alongside headliner Granger Smith with Earl Dibbles Jr. and special guest William Michael Morgan.
Dressed casually in shorts and a unicorn headband, the wise 12-year-old is just chilling on her porch with her dog as she declares, “I’m having a pajamas and no-makeup day because this is just, like, a self-love day and everyone needs a day like that. And this song matches that theme.”
That song, we soon learn, is a cover Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” but VanderWaal certainly makes it her own with her unique vocal stylings and ukulele strumming. The dog clearly digs it, and so do we.
Following her Golden Buzzer-earning audition on AGT — during which she sang an original tune and had Cowell saying, “I think you are the next Taylor Swift” — VanderWaal admitted to EW that she practices in front of the mirror before performances. But, when it comes to her return to the AGT stage, she’s just “so excited.”
Grace VanderWaal fans looking for the next chance to hear the singing sensation on television will have to wait a little longer. The Suffern resident is not expected on America’s Got Talent until August.
But 860 lucky local fans will get the chance to see her at the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern at 5:30 p.m. on July 30. Lafayette theatre owner Ari Benmosche says he thought it would be a great send-off for our local star.
The tickets are free, and available only for pick-up in person at the box office, which is open 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 1:30-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Grace will perform two sets of originals and cover songs, and do a Q&A after the show. Every attendee is automatically enrolled in a rafﬂe for tickets to see Twenty One Pilots, Grace's favorite band, at Madison Square Garden in August.
Grace VanderWaal made a huge splash at America’s Got Talent a couple of months ago with her original song “I Don’t Know My Name” which she sings wearing bright yellow pants while playing the ukulele.
Watch this 12 year old amaze all the judges with her sweet demeanor and unique voice. This video has received over 30 million views! Since then, she’s been writing a lot more songs. You have got to see her singing her newest song from her couch at home.
She’s at it again, being adorable and writing songs which are reminiscent of Taylor Swift in her younger days.
According to Grace VanderWaal, if you have not read the Twilight series, you have not lived life. That’s just one nugget of wisdom from the 12-year-old Internet sensation who rocked the world with her original song, “I Don’t Know My Name” on America’s Got Talent in early June.
When Teen Vogue catches Grace on the phone, she’s with her mom in the car getting gas, having just come from getting a chocolate milkshake at McDonald’s. (We agree to disagree over chocolate vs. vanilla, but that’s neither here nor there).
Going into the seventh grade this fall, Grace became a sensation around the world when her audition hit TV. (A corresponding YouTube clip boasts over 29 million views.) Despite having adoring fans from around the world (she has so many she had to open her own P.O. box for the gifts and mail), she is adamant that, other than singing, she is a “very bland” person. (We beg to differ.)
“It’s always been a dream to audition for American Idol,” she explains about how a “bland” person could audition for a reality show. “But you have to be 15 or older. And as you may know, this [was] the last season. And so we always said that when I was 15, I was going to audition for American Idol. And then one day my mom just called me downstairs and she had her laptop out and was like, ‘I signed you up for America’s Got Talent.’ Just like that. And then the next weekend I auditioned,” she says.