Born in Suffern, New York, Grace VanderWaal is a 13 year-old American singer-songwriter. She got her start, and is probably most famous for her appearance on Americas got Talent in 2016. Her audition brought to light a very powerful voice from such a young person and an ability to write her own original music. The song that she performed, which has since gotten very famous, is titled I Dont Know My Name.
After being on the show she signed with Columbia Records, and released her first and only EP Perfectly Imperfect in December 2016. Since then, she has also released a single titled Moonlight on June 21st 2017.
In the summer of 2016 during the eleventh season of NBC's Americas Got Talent VanderWaal auditioned with her original song, "I Don't Know My Name", and was Simon Cowel called VanderWaal "the next Taylor Swift Brittany Spanos in Rolling Stone termed the song an "emotional, catchy, quirky tune". VanderWaal continued to perform only original songs on the show, including her next performance at the quarterfinals on August 23, 2016, titled "Beautiful Thing", a song written for her sister; USA Today characterized VanderWaal's voice as "endearingly croaky". Others have called it "raspy". For the semifinals on August 30, she performed "Light the Sky", and for the September 13 finals, she sang "Clay", a song about dealing with bullies. Lindsay Peoples wrote for New York Magazine "The songs she wrote and performed on AGT were not only catchy but emotional and unique to her own sound, a mix of raw and folk". AGT's videos of the four songs have accumulated a total of more than 80 million views. Her audition video was ranked as the No. 5 trending YouTube video of 2016.
VanderWaal won the 2017 Radio Disney Music Award for Best New Artist and is planning to release an album later in 2017.