Genius Inspires Genius

Late last night choreographer Kristin McQuaid and director David Javier released the dance video inspired by Grace’s song “Florets”…and it’s…staggeringly good. Anyone who is familiar with my postgame reviews of music videos knows that I’m a tough critic, that I often...

Graceful Decisions

Let’s play a game. You are a programming director for a Pop-centric radio station with a potential audience of over 5 million people. You have one remaining slot open and two artists from which to make your final playlist selection. First, you have the latest in what...

Graceful Inspiration

I hope you will all indulge me a bit this morning, I’ll try to keep it brief, but I just wanted to take a second before the tour starts, and before Kristin McQuaid’s dance video drops on Wednesday and the NPR Tiny Desk performances show up next week, to...

Lyrical Grace: The Covers

“A-Team” (Ed Sheeran), “Look What You Made Me Do” (Taylor Swift), “River” (Leon Bridges),  “Moon River” (Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer), “In My Blood” (Shawn Mendes)… No, this list isn’t all inclusive, but I have an interview to...

Elvis Returns to Graceland

Yesterday Grace sat down with Elvis Duran and his crew in New York City for the first time in nearly a year; it’s been too long. These two bring out the best in each other. You can tell Grace is so much more relaxed when she appears on his show and the result is...

Grace in the Eye of the Storm

I can’t even really begin to imagine, realistically, what life must be like for Grace, and her family, since June of 2016 when her judges’ audition aired on America’s Got Talent. Back then, as compared to now, it must have been like watching...

Grace in the Blink of an Eye

I briefly touched on this topic yesterday when I was discussing the need to capture as much footage as possible on this summer’s tour with Imagine Dragons to record the growth of Grace as an artist as she learns by trial of fire playing nearly full set lists to...

FireWaals Unite! Record a Video, Preserve a Legacy

The VanderVault Digital Archive Project’s primary purpose is to conserve digital media related to Grace VanderWaals’ career. The lion’s share of that data takes the form of audience-captured concert footage. If you’re thinking, “Mark,...

A Model of Grace

I normally try not to go into much detail about Grace’s appearance, whether positive or negative, because I’m a middle-aged man and Grace is a 14-year-old girl, and it’s well… inappropriate. In this case, however, following the Billboard Music...

Grace’s Latest Tease: Big Project Coming Up!

Last night on the red carpet of the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Grace, in a brief interview, said the following in response to being asked where she sees herself in the next 5 years: “Well, I have a really big project coming up that is something that I’ve...

Lyrical Grace: City Song

I’m a bit upset with Grace and this song, and if she read my review of “Just The Beginning”, which I’m sure she didn’t, then she’d be upset with me too. LOL In my review I said that while City Song is excellent, it doesn’t attain the same...

Grace & Billboard

Billboard loves Grace VanderWaal. Despite only ever flirting with their charts, and making just fleeting appearances in the Billboard 200 Albums chart and never on the Hot 100 singles chart, Billboard, referred to as “The Bible” even by its fiercest competitors and...

Grace, YouTube Music & World War Stream

Well, YouTube has been teasing that they would launch a new music streaming service in the Spring of 2018 and it’s now officially imminent (May 22nd), and if they pull it off without any significant technical glitches (good luck, Google) then it could have a...

Grace: A Work in Progress

The role of the music producer is continually evolving. It’s true that they are project managers first, responsible for the studio’s budget, schedule, contracts, negotiations, copyrights, invoices, royalties, publishing, and licensing. Their primary job is to...

The Future of Grace The Provocative Artist

Before we start, let me clarify what I mean by “provocative”. I want Grace’s art to provoke discussion, to challenge people’s assumptions on social issues, to re-consider what they thought were givens in their lives. You may have seen a lot of mainstream and social...

It’s a Small Graceful World After All

Everyone’s heard of the game 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon, right? Well, just in case you haven’t, the game is a take on “six degrees of separation” theory, that proposes everyone on the planet is separated by only 6 relationships with any other person (however fleeting...

The Time Machine

Listen closely. Every sound is woven into a tapestry of that instant in time. Grace describes this experience beautifully in her original music for “City Song”. I listen to the city song and fall into the harmony of it every day. Listening to music serves to further...

Lyrical Grace: Burned (Part II)

Continued from yesterday’s article… Let’s get to it, shall we? “You tell me that I’m crazy Doing this alone You don’t need to save me Oh how I have grown I am capable of everything you can’t see But now I want to change” I believe this section...

Lyrical Grace: Burned (Part I)

This song created one of those magical/surreal “Grace moments” for me. What do I mean by a “Grace moment”? It’s when Grace, out of the blue, does something extraordinary, even for her, (like her acceptance speech at the Billboard Women in Music Awards late last year...

The Essence of Grace

Perceptions are deeply personal and formed out of our own unique life experiences. I’ll venture we all share some common sentiments about Grace VanderWaal. On the other hand, each of us have idiosyncratic reasons for feeling as we do about Grace. Before the Golden...

Streaming, Charting & Earning in 2018

Effective June 29th, 2018 Billboard will apply a new method of weighting streaming numbers based on how media is provided to consumers, specifically, whether or not said consumers have paid for the media, or if they are listening/viewing it free of charge. This will...

FANatical (Part I)

There is quite literally a “fan” in every Fanatic and Grace has them in great numbers. It is most impressive that Grace has created such a following of loyal and devoted fans in such a short time. In particular she has a huge number of super-fans which is synonymous...

Grace vs. 50 Years of Pop Icons

How long before Grace VanderWaal tops the charts? I don’t want to compare orchids to roses, however history tends to repeat itself. Another factor: the music industry is experiencing revenue turmoil—dynamics caused by digital sales and music streaming. Analysts are...

A Star is Born

That “Wow” moment. We all remember it. Grace Vanderwaal’s golden buzzer audition was just such a moment. It has been viewed on YouTube over 82 million times. That defining moment when so many people claimed that a star was born, including Simon Cowell himself. Simon,...

Lyrical Grace: A Better Life

Grace VanderWaal is 14, but her catalogue of songs that we so cherish was written between the ages of 11 and 13. Why am I bringing up her age again? It’s because of what I am about to proclaim. Despite having written all of her songs before even entering high...

This Summer Grace Evolves. Will We?

As every FanderWaal knows, and is hopefully thrilled by, Grace will be touring with Imagine Dragons this summer. Yes, I know, it’s not a co-headlining tour, but if the Evolve Tour in Europe is any indication, the band’s opening act there had the...

Dream Machine

I was struggling with a technical problem that had me confused and utterly frustrated. Experience had taught me to walk away or better yet to sleep on it. I awoke refreshed and attacked the same problem with new-found inspiration and resolved it quickly with an...

Getting Out The Disney Vote

It seems that FanderWaals haven’t lost their ability or willingness to vote for Grace, and I’m happy to see we’re spending our time voting on a poll/award that actually has an impact on the real world as opposed to getting bamboozled by a click-bait...

Treehouse Adventure

Wow, that Grace VanderWaal is a very lucky person. Not because she won AGT. Not because she’s an award-winning singer/songwriter. Not because she has that once-in-a-lifetime singing voice and is super talented. My point is, she may be the luckiest teen in the world...