With a heartwarming letter and a signed poster arriving at her fans’ homes, 15-year-old singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal has announced that her newest single, “Stay,” will drop on Friday, Feb. 22.
VanderWaal, who won NBC’s America’s Got Talent three years ago, surprised her fans with the message earlier in February; the intimate letter tells fans what “Stay” means to her. “Stay is close to me, not only because its the re-start of my continuing path, but because it explains the exhilarating fear and freedom of growing up," she writes.
The folk-pop singer also gives fans a look at what she’s been up to, emphasizing how much she misses them since she finished touring across the U.S. with Imagine Dragons last year.
Grace VanderWaal - Hideaway (from "Wonder Park" - Official Audio)
It has been three years since Grace VanderWaal first charmed the public on America’s Got Talent. Armed with her ukulele, evocative voice and earnest lyricism, she came out on top of the prestigious talent competition. And she hasn’t slowed down since. After securing the win, she dropped a Top 10-charting EP in 2016 and her debut LP in 2017. Last year she toured North America alongside Imagine Dragons and signed on for a lead role in Disney’s Stargirl. The 15-year-old kicked off 2019 with the release of her new single “Stray” last month. A shockingly self-aware anthem, it addresses the terrifying but exhilarating feeling of growing older. Hello, relatable content. And today (March 15), she’s back with another new track – “Hideaway.”
State Senator David Carlucci presented award-winning singer and Rockland's own, Grace VanderWaal with the NYS Senate Women of Distinction honor at the annual ceremony in Albany Tuesday.
Every year, the New York State Senate honors a select group of exemplary women whose contributions have greatly enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond. Carlucci nominated VanderWaal for the honor from the 38th Senate District.
VanderWaal skyrocketed to stardom at 12-years-old after she won NBC's America's Got Talent in 2016.
Grace VanderWaal is wise beyond her years. In the video for her song “Stray,” the 15-year-old sits in the desert contemplating life, and now she’s ready to share what she’s come up with with her loyal fans.
“You only go as far as you believe you can go,” Grace begins in response to the first of five questions from FanderWaals we gathered from twitter. @warnrskenji wanted to know what advice Grace would give for people with self-doubt.
“All of success, no matter what your goals are, it could be on self-improvement on the normal standard of success - everything revolves around your own determination and believing,” she told RADIO.COM.
Sound advice from the former America’s Got Talent winner a few weeks after releasing her most recent single “Ur So Beautiful.” Grace will hit the road in support of her new music next month. Her tour begins on August 11 in Asheville, NC and runs through September 20th in Washington, DC.
TV: How have your visual instincts evolved over the years? The music you make, your personal fashion, the aesthetic you're into...
GV: I do whatever I like. I love the '70s, I love groove, I love funk, I love all those visuals. And even if I'm not making funk music, I still love to bring those colors into my music. There are certain sounds that I just feel like "colorful" explains them so well. Physically my aesthetic, my style, my fashion, my vibe, my everything, really stands hand-in-hand with my music. And I think that's just because with my music, I do whatever I like as well.
TV: You've finished filming your first big movie role, for the title role in Stargirl. What was that experience like? Does it make you want to do more acting?
GV: It was so, so fun. I don't know, honestly. I feel like it's not something where I'm going to, you know, audition for many things and stuff like that. I definitely will, I think, always consider myself a musician. Stargirl was so special though because I never even really auditioned for it. I sent in a video and all of a sudden I got it. If something like that happened again, I just think things would need to line up right. With Stargirl, everything lined up so perfectly for that to happen. It was very much meant to be.
TV: What things do you love about that character, Stargirl?
GV: I have actually changed so much since Stargirl, just because honestly Stargirl inspires me so much. I don't even go to public school and I still struggle with [being myself], and if you go to public school, it's basically impossible to 100 percent be yourself, let alone like 80 or 90 percent. I admire that so much, and I've really tried to bring that into my own life since filming.
TV: In the past you've talked about like figuring out what you want to do with your life, and struggling with those really big questions. I'm curious how you feel now. How do you feel about what you're doing right now?
GV: Yeah, I was freaking out for a second, and I was being so overdramatic, and I was psyching myself out so much. Looking back to the time that you're talking about, if I don't choose this, then the opportunities won't come back. And if I choose this then the time won't come back. I was battling between those two things. But now, current Grace, present Grace, I'm just like, "Past Grace, chill. It doesn't even matter that much. You're just psyching yourself out." Now I'm just literally going day by day, whatever happens, happens.
Honestly, as long as I'm doing what I love, I'm happy. And right now I'm doing what I love and that's all that matters. And if in a couple of months I don't want to do this, whatever. I'll go back to school. And if I do want to do it, well let's [see what] we can build. If not, it'll be hard, but you know, I'll figure it out. I always figure something out.