Real talk translated into five beautiful songs.
If you don't already know who Grace VanderWaal is, it's about time you get to know her. Grace is an American singer-songwriter who won the eleventh season of America's Got Talent at just 12 years old. After her big win, the young star signed a record deal with Columbia Records and released her first EP titled Perfectly Imperfect in December of 2016.
Not only does Grace have a very unique voice that was described as "enduringly croaky" by USA Today, she performs all her songs with the ukulele. Grace first learnt how to play the piano around 4 years of age but quit soon after. The I Don't Know My Name singer attributed her ability to play the ukulele to her impatient nature. She explained that she decided to learn the ukulele because it only takes about 10 minutes to pick up unlike the piano.
Perfectly Imperfect consists of all four songs that Grace performed throughout her time on America's Got Talent plus an additional original song titled Gossip Girl. The song talks about the realities of certain girls you meet in school who you think are your friends but they end up saying nasty things about you to everyone else. Clay seems like a nice response to that because it addresses how one should deal with bullies.
The song that made her Howie Mandel's golden buzzer act on America's Got Talent I Don't Know My Name was inspired by twenty one pilots' House of Gold because they have exactly the same chords. Grace was just playing that song and somehow wrote the beautiful song that we all know today.
Grace's older sister, Olivia, has always been a huge supporter of her younger sister since day one. And there is probably no better way to thank someone that important in your life than to write a song for her. Beautiful Thing has such heartfelt and honest lyrics that there is absolutely no way you can't fall in love with this inseparable pair of siblings.
Unfortunately, Grace hasn't released a music video but we have been blessed with the lyric videos of all five songs. So if you haven't heard any of her songs yet, please just take 17 minutes to listen to the whole EP that talks about some of the most relatable topics in life. You will not regret it.