Grace Fills The Musical Void

Introduction (Mark Lalonde): It impresses me how many of Grace’s fans are music lovers. The media would paint all of Grace’s older fans as either weirdos, or people who were only fans of Donny & Marie and were simply waiting for a new child act to come along. My...

Lyrical Grace: Florets

Just a preface to this lyric analysis. Neither Chris Latham, Thomas Hall, Gaetan Drapeau nor myself are trying to say with our articles in the “Lyrical Grace” series that ours is the definitive interpretation of Grace’s songs. We are merely presenting our own...

Grace Evolved

Grace Vanderwaal has said in a recent interview that if she had to choose between writing and performing live that she’d prefer to write. Thank Heavens for us all, she will never have to make that choice. She will always have her rightful place on stage delivering the...

Collaborative Grace Part II

Is it much ado about nothing (by nothing I mean a casual mention by Grace and little more), or is Team VanderWaal genuinely trying make a collab with Selena Gomez happen by trying to stir up interest in both artists’ fanbases? Multiple stories have been churned out...

Frickin’ Follow Your Gut

Would you like some mea culpa with your half caff this morning? “Honesty is such a lonely word. Everyone is so untrue. Honesty is hardly ever heard and mostly what I need from you” I was wrong. There, I said it. Hold on. I was right, but I was wrong for...

Grace’s Rare Genius

John May, who operates a very similar YouTube editorial construct at the VanderWorld Channel (started by Mark Lalonde along with the owner of that channel in the fall of 2017 and in which the seed of the VanderVault was germinated) posted a brilliant editorial today...

Grace Rising

So much to cover this morning; not only what has just happened but what is about to be shared with us. Late yesterday afternoon/early evening (Eastern Standard Time) Grace knocked it out of the park like we haven’t seen since her performance at the Billboard Women in...

Grace & The Future of Darkness

This weekend marked the first concert for Grace since February 22nd, very nearly two months. Many of us were hypothesizing that this concert was intended from the outset to be a testbed for her set as opener for Imagine Dragons this summer, but that isn’t likely. The...

Lyrical Grace: Darkness Keeps Chasing Me (Part II)

Today, we continue our look into the lyrics of DKCM, beginning with the second verse: Hiding ​places Remind ​me ​of ​you ​and ​I Thinking of her treehouse again, is it her hiding place? It could even be a reference to a child’s game of hide-and-seek, and remembering a...

Lyrical Grace: Darkness Keeps Chasing Me (Part I)

For any of the long time fans of Grace VanderWaal’s music, there has been one song above all others they could point to if challenged by someone regarding Grace’s raw talent, and that’s the final track on her debut album, titled Darkness Keeps Chasing Me. That’s...

Grace is Pretty Much a Rueler

Last night Grace sent her fans into a frenzy posing with a handsome young man and what appeared to be a bunch of Canadian hoodlums (actually they’re not, more on that soon). Let’s get this over with right off the bat. No, I’m not going to get lost in a sea of...

Grace is Woke to TV

After a disturbing silence following the initial one-day media blitz that launched Grace’s latest single “Clearly” it appears the PR machinery at WME and Columbia have gotten things out of neutral and shifted into first gear again. An appearance on MTV’s TRL is coming...

About Grace

What is it about Grace that draws us to her? The circumstances, obviously, are individual for everyone, but there are certain trends I see whenever new fans introduce themselves to the FanderWaal community. We have those who are here simply for the music, which is a...

Remaining an Artist

What’s the difference between a pop-star and an artist? There doesn’t necessarily have to be one, some are fortunate enough to remain true to their artistic integrity and an audience will follow them, others desire the brass ring so desperately that they...

Patience is a Virtue, Virtue is a Grace…

Patience is a Virtue, Virtue is a Grace… … put the two together and you have a…really solid career as a recording artist. Okay, I’ll leave the poetry to Grace. 😉 I have been guilty of lacking patience with Grace’s career. I have tried to settle...

Lyrical Grace: Lungs

“Lungs” is Grace’s curve-ball in her song catalog. Whereas the majority of her self-penned songs are themed, or tell a story with a goal in mind, “Lungs” seems to be more of an impressionistic abstract painting, more concerned with firing your own imagination to...

Double G & VW New Music on the Horizon?

Grace VanderWaal and Greg Wells (Double G VW), had a quick exchange on Twitter yesterday that bodes well for amazing music to come. i wish people would just be more straight about their feelings.. challenge: say something you’ve wanted to today .— Grace...

Grace is Going to Community College (One Day Only)

Many, including myself, had been wondering for months why on Earth Grace would play a local community college out of the clear blue sky; not a stop on her own sold-out “Just the Beginning” tour, not a charity event, and certainly not connected to the Imagine Dragons...

Grace’s Impact on Network Vocal Competitions

“What are you gonna sing?” “I’m singing an original” “Really?” “Yes.” And with that exchange, and Grace’s subsequent win of Season 11 (2016) of America’s Got Talent we expected the world of network broadcast vocal competitions (The Voice, The Four, largely AGT,...

Grace’s New Music Expectations

On March 30th, in the USA Today article to promote the release of her new single “Clearly”, Grace said that her “fans should always be ready for new music”. There are a few ways to interpret those words, but I suspect it meant many things, some of which may upset some...

How to Live a Graceful Life Effectively

If you’re reading this you’re most likely a FanderWaal. If you’re reading this, thank you so much, we appreciate you spending your time with us. Now to the business at hand. I’m often asked how we as fans can best support Grace. The answers are often obvious, but are...

Lyrical Grace: Miss You

Early in Grace VanderWaal’s career, before the world had taken notice of the precocious preteen, she performed a song to a small gathering of patrons at the BeanRunner Cafe that she’d titled Miss You, and in concert has called Missing You. Take your pick, but under...

Grace Going Viral

I wrote a news article today in the newly launched “The VanderVault Times” in which we will track only the biggest news stories that directly impact or reflect what is happening with Grace’s career. That article announced that Grace’s latest single...

“Why is Your Name Dutch?”

Modern Dutch surnames, for example the Vanderwaal family name, have interesting historical origins. If you have never thought much about names with ‘de’ or ‘van’ in them, you might still have encountered such names in high school classes. Molecular chemistry has ‘van...

Grace & Dragons Feedback Loop Charisma

It was announced this week that Grace would be playing at Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons) LoveLoud Music Festival in Salt Lake City Utah on July 28th. It was also announced that the venue had been changed from a ballpark that could comfortably seat 5,000 to a stadium...

Let’s Write a Song

Grace Vanderwaal held an instagram live stream event in which she casually suggested to streamers “Let’s write a song.” What unfolded was truly remarkable. Here are my notes from watching a recording of that event.   What did we learn about songwriting? That...

Grace Under New Management (Part II)

I was hoping an announcement would have been made regarding who Grace’s new management team is this morning, but that will come when Team VanderWaal is ready to share it. In the meantime we can discuss who is behind the wheel at Team VanderWaal…A lot of people are...

Grace Under New Management (Part I)

This is the second time this long weekend that I’ve had to interrupt our regularly scheduled editorial in order to address significant breaking news in the GraceVerse. Today’s news marks a significant milestone for Grace’s career progression. Jake...