Grace VanderWaal Transcends Taylor Swift Comparisons on Debut Album

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A yr and a half in the past, a assured 12-year-old ukulele participant named Grace VanderWaal walked onto the America’s Obtained Expertise stage to audition for the NBC actuality competitors’s 11th season. Clad in banana yellow pants, she sang an unique track titled “I Don’t Know My Identify,” and earned the coveted Golden Buzzer from choose Howie Mandel. Now 13 and simply as courageous, the Suffern, New York, native is prepared for the discharge of her aptly-titled debut album, Simply the Starting.

“I prefer to suppose that I haven’t modified an excessive amount of. I’m nonetheless only a regular teenager with the identical family and friends round me,” VanderWaal completely tells Us Weekly. “I simply have music and a tour now, too!”

Grace VanderWaal
Grace VanderWaal Sony

She could not have modified, however she has definitely advanced. On her first full-length launch (out Friday, November three), the singer-songwriter transcends the comparisons which have adopted her since AGT choose Simon Cowell first referred to as her the “subsequent Taylor Swift.” All through the refreshing LP, VanderWaal channels the folky twang of Swift’s earlier tasks, however intertwines the sounds of fellow musicians Florence Welch, Regina Spektor and even Miley Cyrus.

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Although VanderWaal has her favorites (“Moonlight” and “Florets” to call just a few), every of her new songs maintain a particular place in her coronary heart. “The album is simply based mostly on life experiences,” she tells Us. “The entire songs are about issues which have occurred to me. I sort of made these experiences I’ve had into their very own mini-movies via every track, which was actually enjoyable.”

9 of the 12 tracks had been written solely by the teenager. For the others, she tapped a few of her favourite songwriters. “On the finish of the day that is all new to me and that is my first album, so it was wonderful to get to work with different writers and producers which have a lot expertise,” she explains. “I’ve labored with some individuals like Ido Zmishlany and Greg Wells who’ve labored with my favourite artists like Shawn Mendes and Adele, so it’s loopy to be in that place.”

For now, VanderWaal is taking life someday at a time. “I really like performing and I can’t wait to begin my tour [in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 5], however then I additionally prefer to stability it with being at residence and going to high school like a traditional 13-year-old,” she tells Us. “I’m nonetheless studying how, however attempting my greatest.”

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