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Grace VanderWaal 561

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About Grace VanderWaal

Grace VanderWaal (born January 15, 2004) is a singer-songwriter from Suffern, New York.

She performed an original song titled “I Don’t Know My Name” on season 11 of America’s Got Talent. After receiving the “golden buzzer,” judge Simon Cowell referred to her as “the next Taylor Swift.”

Since the episode aired in June 2016, “I Don’t Know My Name” has skyrocketed to viral success.

“I originally came up with the song after going through all these different phases and paths in my life,” she told The Daily Beast. “I had realized that I now know that this (music) is something that I want my life to be.”

VanderWaal’s mother signed her up for America’s Got Talent, which ended up being her first time singing in public. She plays piano, saxophone, and ukulele; she says was inspired by the lead singer (Tyler Joseph) of Twenty One Pilots.

“A family friend was staying with us once and had brought over a ukulele,“ she told The Daily Beast. "I saved up the money from my 11th birthday and went out and bought one for myself.”

She headed to America’s Got Talent’s live show, where she competed for viewer votes in late 2016.

Grace went on to win the show and was signed to Simon Cowell’s SYCO label. Her debut EP was released on December 2nd.

On November 3, 2017, Grace released her first album “Just the Beginning”.