Grace VanderWaal's "Just The Beginning" tour has begun.
So claims (with pride) the Suffern Chamber of Commerce Facebook pag e. The city's young breakout star (shes 13!) captured the hearts of America with her singer-songwriter talent during the 2016 "America’s Got Talent" competition.
The Rockland resident is known for her original songs performed on her signature ukulele.
Her first album, out Nov. 3, features the new single "So Much More Than This." Now, her tour has begun.
But it’s only now that she’s starting to take the show on the road — all the while continuing in school as a more or less normal eighth grader at her home in Suffern, New York. Then again, most normal teens don’t have over two million Instagram followers. Most normal teens aren’t heralded as the “next Taylor Swift,” either.
“It’s whatever. All the artists I’ve been compared to — obviously, Taylor’s been the biggest — it’s a compliment,” she says of the popular comparison. “It never really affects what I do. I don’t really think about it unless I’m in an interview.” What she does think about is her performance. “I’m overthinking it,” she admits to her backing band during soundcheck after she says the timing of one take felt off.
After finishing up onstage, VanderWaal grabs a slice of pizza — cheese only — before plopping down on a swivel chair in the green room, one eye on Frankie in his cage. She’s fizzing with energy, clearly keyed up for the big show, but equally ready to reflect on her work and her big year.
“I never, like, dreamed of a New York stage,” she admits. “It’s surreal — absolutely overwhelming.” VanderWaal is just back from her kick-off show at L.A.’s legendary Troubadour, and she admits that the double life of school and stage musician is already taking its toll. “It’s ridiculously exhausting,” she emphasizes. So to get her headspace right, she listens to her pump-up songs — Cher Lloyd’s “Want U Back,” Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” and Demi Lovato’s “Sorry Not Sorry” are her current go-tos — and prays. And she’ll pet Frankie. Other than that, VanderWaal’s stage prep is minimal.
Anyone who turns out to The Chance in Poughkeepsie on Saturday is in for an earful.
Fishkill-based WSPK (104.7 FM), known as K104, will host its annual Not So Silent Night concert. And this year’s musical extravaganza — which is sold out, by the way — will feature some high-caliber acts.
The band All Time Low has sold millions of records and toured with Blink-182, Green Day and Fall Out Boy. Their hits include “Dear Maria, Count Me In” and “Weightless.”