Lyrical Grace: Clearly

Well, it’s finally here. It seems like it’s been both forever and just yesterday since we first heard Grace perform Clearly live at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C., though for a day or two fans were calling it “Claritin” thanks to Grace’s monologue explaining how she...

Grace is Clearly Having a Busy Day

When the drought ends it does so in a flash flood. I’ve been up since 4 in the morning trying to keep up with all of the updates and uploading them onto www.VanderVault.org. You can catch up on all of the big news stories there. We don’t plan on being a...

Lyrical Grace: 12 Stars (Part II)

Here follows part 2 of my breakdown of “12 Stars” (the version I consider the definitive one, but as we discussed with the Op to my Ed yesterday, there also exists the pristine version that Grace performed on her YouTube channel moments after finishing the...

Lyrical Grace: 12 Stars (Part I)

I’m back! Sorry, Chris Latham needs a break after his amazing 3-part run of his IDKMN in-depth analysis. In anticipation of Grace’s big news that she keeps hinting at, I decided to continue our Lyrical Grace series with a fan favourite. It’s a song...

Lyrical Grace: I Don’t Know My Name (Part III)

In the last installment, we left Grace with the question asked of her by an impartial observer, “. . . why I cut my hair and changed myself completely”, showing that Grace appears willing to change herself to fit in with her peers. Now we come to a repeat of the...

Lyrical Grace: I Don’t Know My Name (Part II)

In the last installment, I left you with the question and central theme of IDKMN, “Who am I?” But before we continue, I think it best to take a detour and consider Grace’s actual name, since most often we humans bear names that have meanings. A common definition...

Lyrical Grace: I Don’t Know My Name (Part I)

It’s been almost two years now since Grace Avery VanderWaal burst onto the world stage, performing her song ‘I don’t know my name’ to a thunderous round of applause and accolades heaped on her by the judges of the talent show, America’s got Talent. Upon that first...

Grace’s Voice

Grace yesterday demonstrated her voice in two arenas with equal strength. At the Beacon Theatre* (thanks, Denis, for the clarification), she performed what, to my ears, sounded like the strongest vocal performance of “Moonlight” thus far (having a properly fleshed out...

So Many Smart Decisions

The number of smart decisions Grace VanderWaal and her team have made in the past two years (since, say, Autumn 2016) is quite impressive and worth making a few remarks about. I cannot do justice to all of the wise choices made by Grace and her support organization in...

Grace Feels

Grace posted 24 seconds of a hauntingly beautiful song she seemed to be in the middle of writing yesterday (on guitar! Sorry, but I love it when Grace plays guitar – her covers of A-Team, Scars to Your Beautiful and the Climb are epic), as I’m sure anyone...

Grace & the Firebreathers

“Firebreathers”, is the collective name that fans of Imagine Dragons have given themselves. I was trying to imagine (sorry, these puns are too tempting to avoid) how the FanderWaals and Firebreathers would get along, but then realized that the fandoms will, for at...

Grace in The Postmodern Music Industry

What was once will never be again, at least as far as the music industry is concerned. While there are some similarities between today’s stream-powered model and the one pre-1962 in that singles now rule the charts, that is where the similarities begin and end....

Lyrical Grace: Insane Sometimes

Welcome to the first part of what will be a long running series where I attempt to not only review, but analyze every song yet written by Grace that she’s shared with the public. It’s a daunting task, but I will attempt to release one every Sunday morning....

Grace is a Smart Girl

“Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls”, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting individuality and creativity for girls and women, released a video featuring Grace yesterday* in which she discussed the book she’s currently reading “The Fault in Our Stars” by...

An Offering for Grace

In an interview with a local Seattle Station just made available yesterday, Grace let slip a bit more information about how the Imagine Dragons Tour opening spot came about. “My Mom said, don’t freak out, get your hopes up and be all sad…but you got an...

This World of Grace

I have not been alone in saying that the world is Grace’s demographic. That sounds hyperbolic, but it’s true. Perhaps for the very first time there will be an artist that literally appeals to every demographic. The age of her fans is not restrictive, though the bulk...

Grace in Age and Experience

Grace VanderWaal, for those of you not paying attention, is growing up very quickly. When I watched the short promotional video the Starkey Foundation posted on their Twitter on Sunday (and which Grace simultaneously posted on her Instagram), I was taken aback by her...

Collaborative Grace

I tweeted a few minutes ago an announcement that Grace VanderWaal Germany and the VanderVault Archive have collaborated on a video to promote the preservation of Grace’s digital media. With the upcoming massive (in every sense of the word) tour this summer this is the...

The Wonders of Travelling Abroad

A great way to learn one’s place in the world is to travel to other countries and observe how the people there live. A great way to learn how to be a giving person and to have empathy for others is to volunteer time and labor to a humanitarian cause. This past week...

Grace in the Calm Before the Storm

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to feel what I’ve called “the drought”, that lull between promotions and tours when we see and hear little of Grace. I realize that Grace is doing important work in Kenya at the moment, lending her name and...

Lyrical Grace (Part II)

My Good friend John May posted a brilliant editorial up on VanderWorld [Editor’s Note: now known as Grace VanderWaal Chart News] this morning about Grace’s creative mind, and the minds of other gifted individuals, that inspired me to complete that too brief...

Lyrical Grace

Grace’s music appeals to the ears, the heart, and the mind. Her thus far straight forward but catchy melodies and raspy emotive voice appeal directly to the ears and heart. Her lyrics tug at our hearts as well, but the ideas and imagery she conveys through her...

Grace, Hope & Charity

Grace has demonstrated since the very beginning of her post AGT career that she is not only a dedicated and passionate singer/songwriter, but also an activist and philanthropist, donating her time, money, and effort to aid to those in need. Thus far, to my admittedly...

Grace Fully In Motion

Some of us, nearly all of us, assumed that following Grace’s February blitz of concerts all over the country she would take a long and much needed break from working and maybe catch up on school. According to low-key Instagram and IG Story posts Grace never...

What Difference Two Years And A Day Makes

Yes, I’m a day late to the party. My apologies. I had written out Sunday’s editorial on Friday and I am ashamed to admit that I had overlooked the two year anniversary of Grace stepping onto the AGT stage for her “Judges Audition”. I cannot even imagine what Grace...

Imagine Grace Playing With Dragons?

Back on Grace’s birthday when Imagine Dragons (as a group) sent Grace a flower arrangement and tweeted it out it was obvious that something was afoot. I had theorized that it might be an upcoming collaboration for a new single, which would be amazing, or an...

Team VanderWaal: The Real A-Team

For nearly a year and a half I tried to armchair manage Grace’s career. I called into question the sobriety of her representatives at Sony/Columbia/Syco and especially Th3rd Brain Management. I couldn’t understand why they weren’t promoting her on radio,...

Grace & The Garden

Has anyone else noticed the developing relationship between Grace VanderWaal and Madison Square Garden? Has anyone else noticed the developing relationship between Grace VanderWaal and Madison Square Garden? They first met when Grace attended her first “real” concert,...

Due to Overwhelming Demand

This is a phrase we will likely be hearing for years to come relating to Grace. Over the last two days at least 2 venues hosting the Imagine Dragons/Grace VanderWaal summer tour have added a second show (The Budweiser Stage in Toronto and the Forum in Inglewood CA)....