It may seem like ages ago that America's Got Talent kicked off the audition process, but it was only last week that the show crowned its winning act: Grace VanderWaal. The 12-year-old singer/songwriter has become the youngest winner of AGT in ten years.
She has since celebrated her success in a variety of ways, such as signing a deal with Columbia Records, receiving a congratulatory call from none other than Jason Mraz -- a moment Billboard caught on camera -- and most recently, performing Wednesday (Sept. 21) on Ellen.
Move over Adele and make room Queen B — little Grace VanderWaal of Suffern is joining the artists' ranks at Columbia Records with her first record deal.
The 12-year-old songstress and ukulele player signed a contract to record her first album with Simon Cowell's Syco Music label for Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music.
VanderWaal, named winner of "America's Got Talent" on Sept. 14, impressed the judges and a national audience with her original songs and unique singing style.
Dubbed "the next Taylor Swift" by AGT judge Cowell, it's no surprise VanderWaal is recording her first album with him. Cowell has had success with the formula before: Multi-platinum selling band One Direction signed with Syco after appearing on The X Factor in 2010.
Grace VanderWaal’s fame train is picking up speed with a performance of her America’s Got Talent winning track on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday.
The 12-year-old singer-songwriter graced the late night show just nine days after her reality competition show win. In a fitting gesture, VanderWaal performed her original song “Clay,” which she debuted during the final rounds of the NBC series. The track covers the issue of bullies, giving a voice to those who can relate.
VanderWaal, who will now headline a Las Vegas show starting in October, signed a contract with America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell and Columbia Records upon her win, which also includes a $1 million prize. She also enjoyed a wealth of celebrity support after snagging of the competition crown, including numerous tweets from fellow artists Katy Perry and Jason Mraz, and a personalized surprise gift from Taylor Swift.
It's been a little over a week since Grace VanderWaal won "America's Got Talent," but as she told TODAY's Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, she can't get enough of watching the moment on video.
"It hasn't set in yet," she explained during a visit on Monday. "People ask me, like, 'What does it feel like watching it?' and like, it doesn't feel like (me)."
The 12-year-old only had to perform twice on the show, since she was given a golden ticket after her original performance, in which she sang a song she wrote called "I Don't Know My Name," but she was a clear front-runner from the start. Judge Simon Cowell even likened her to Taylor Swift.