Grace Vanderwaal recently stopped by “Today” to share some details about her upcoming concert in Las Vegas. As the winner of “America’s Got Talent” Season 11, the 12-year-old Suffern native will be performing at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino from Oct. 27 to 29. According to Vanderwaal, tickets to her show are already sold out. She also confirmed that she will be singing original songs, but she didn’t say whether or not she will be performing new songs during her three-night concert. “It’s really, really exciting. And the most exciting part is… now it’s sold out!” she exclaimed.
Meanwhile, even though two weeks have already passed since she was named the winner of “America’s Got Talent” Season 11, Vanderwaal admitted that everything that happened during her final moments on stage still hasn’t sunk in yet. “People ask me what does it feel like watching it, and I’m like, it doesn’t feel like you. You think you’re just watching an episode,” she said. Vanderwaal also shared that a lot of people come up to her on the streets to congratulate her. More often than not, her fans also remind her to always stay true to herself.
Join Suffern residents as they welcome their newest celebrity, Grace VanderWaal, on Saturday. The 12-year-old songstress and ukulele player comes home to a parade after a big win on TV’s “America’s Got Talent.” Parade kicks off at 5 p.m. in downtown Suffern. For more information, visit the Village of Suffern Facebook page.
On behalf of Suffern Mayor Ed Markunas the Village of Suffern invites you to a community celebration for one of our own local residents, 12 yr. old Grace Vanderwaal who recently won NBC's "America's Got Talent"!!! The parade will go through our business district to Washington Ave. where it will conclude with a ceremony. For further information please contact Recreation Coordinator Cathy Mills at 845-357-7943. Hope to see you there!!!
For Tina VanderWaal, it's been a whirlwind summer.
Over a few months, her youngest daughter, Grace, went from Suffern Middle School student to internationally known celebrity with a huge fan base, a record deal with Simon Cowell, and oh yes, that big win on "America's Got Talent."
The 12-year-old singing sensation and ukulele player has been making the media rounds, dueting with host Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," charming Kathy Lee and Hoda on the "The Today Show" and singing her first song, "I Don't Know My Name," for "Ellen."
"Nobody really went into this expecting this to happen," said Tina VanderWaal. "And when it looked like it really would happen; we take it day by day."
The songwriter and ukulele player became a hot favourite when she first appeared on the NBC show in June, belting out her original song, I Don't Know My Name.
"You are the next Taylor Swift," difficult-to-impress judge Simon Cowell declared then. The girl from New York state writes her own songs and croons with a voice mature beyond her years.
In the final round, she performed Clay, a song about responding to bullies. "Your silly words, I won't live inside your world. 'Cause your punches and your names, all your jokes and stupid games, they don't work," she sang. "No, they don't hurt. Watch them just go right through me, because they mean nothing to me. Try to change my shape, but, baby, I'm not clay. Sorry, not today."
She began making up songs when she was three, learnt to play the piano at four and took up the saxophone at 10, according to NBC. A year ago, she bought a ukulele using her birthday money and taught herself to play it. It took her just a couple of weeks.
When asked whether there is any artist whose career she wanted to emulate, she named Swift, who also learnt to play a string instrument as a preteen and wrote her own songs at a young age.
Last Wednesday, VanderWaal became the first female and child act to win the show since its first season, when Bianca Ryan, then 11, won. She won US$1 million (S$1.4 million) and will headline Las Vegas shows next month.