I got to witness such a fun moment between Grace and Olivia last night so I figured I should share it!!
So proud of you Grace for finishing your first tour!! @gracevanderwaal
Just finishing up her tour, there’s no slowing down in sight as VanderWaal just announced an upcoming summer tour with Imagine Dragons, and was recently in Africa for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. As the title of her album says, this is Just The Beginning and we can’t wait to see what’s next.
Grace VanderWaal didn't mislead with the title of her album Just the Beginning.
Indeed, VanderWaal — the 14-year-old musician who won America's Got Talent in 2016 — has been busy since debuting her first full-length release to raves. She embarked on a solo tour, began modeling professionally, and announced she's opening for Imagine Dragons this summer and releasing a single and music video on Friday.
The new song, Clearly, reimagines Johnny Nash's I Can See Clearly Now as a moody pop tune with VanderWaal's delightfully raspy vocals. (VanderWaal has been teasing the song's release on Twitter.)
Can we expect more singles soon? That's one of many questions USA TODAY had for the singer/songwriter.
Seattle is the last stop on her tour. But the next time she hits the road she'll be playing venues a little larger than small clubs.
"My mom called and said, ‘don't freak out I don't want you to get your hopes up or be sad but you got an offer to open for Imagine Dragons on their tour’, and I was like, cool, yeah. I'm not getting overhyped," Remembers VanderWaal. "Inside I'm like, oh my god I can't, I'm getting up my hopes so much I'm doing exactly what she doesn't want me to do!"
But whatever size stage Grace VanderWaal steps onto, she believes that's where she should be.
"I love the path I'm on right now and honestly I don't care wherever it goes as long as I'm happy and I'm satisfied with the way my life is going that's my dream."
“Famous is a very weird word,” Grace told Duthiers at her home outside New York City. “I feel like – I feel like that’s definitely not me.”
Despite millions of fans, Grace still feels like she’s on the “outskirts” of the fame bubble.
“And the middle of the bubble, that’s, like, the really big celebrities…..I feel like I’m almost on the line of the bubble….And then the middle is just, like, so far away.”
Fresh off her sold-out debut national tour, Grace is still grappling with her newfound success. For now, she’s taking each step of her musical journey in stride. Last year she released her first album, appropriately named “Just the Beginning.”
It finally happened, I got to see Grace live on June 13th and 14th. It was surreal. So great to see even at these large venues she is always being herself. Previous shows had sound issues but these two shows sounded very good. Only had a minor issue with the guitar at one point on the 14th. Her voice comes through so rich and strong on the PA system, it’s amazing. Others have said before, don’t miss out if she is coming to your city. Tickets are still available. Pro tip: use high fidelity earplugs.
Both days while standing in the line outside, I noticed an unexpectedly high number of young children with their families. A lot of kids between 8 to 14 or so, all girls. Pretty sure they were all or mostly Grace fans. I don’t see girls that age listening to ID.
The crowd response was really good. I’ve realized it doesn’t come through on videos. She had a lot of fans scattered around the whole place. Most were probably kids and their families. First day I was in the pit. People were cheering and reacting to all her dance moves. I heard people screaming “you’re so cute!”, “she’s so talented”, “love you!” etc. She does a very cute twisting dance move during Best Friend cover. People just melted over it. She loved the reactions, smiled every time.
On the 14th I was little farther away from the pit. I got to hear cheers coming from all around, from really far behind too. Even heard those massive roars a few times that you hear at arenas. A family with a 7 or so year old girl was near me and she was wearing Grace’s “Clearly” tour shirt.