Grace: Septuple Threat Artist Today, Dectuple by 21

I was thinking about this last night when chatting with long-time reader/commenter Vivian Moore in our new general discussion forum about Grace’s potential Stargirl co-stars; a lot of new Grace fans over the next couple of years may not even realize she’s a...

Paying Dues

Grace is on a different path from most other recording artists. Many, though not all, especially in the age of YouTube and Musical.ly, have to become a successful and famous pop/rock/country singers/bands “the hard way”, often referred to as “paying your dues”. Not...

Graceless Critics

Over the coming years Grace will be examined, dissected, eviscerated, and disregarded by music critics who can’t comprehend why anyone with such raw talent would choose to use her artistry for the improvement of mankind. Begin rant… If I may borrow a few excerpted...

Time Stand Still

Today, I found myself in tears. No, not the bawling your eyes out kind, but the slow almost sad and yet joyful kind. Sometimes it’s a certain song playing on the radio, but today the tears started on their own as I watched again the RUSH documentary “Time Stand...

Grace & Kimmel Live stream Thursday

Can lightning strike twice? For those FanderWaals who have been around since October of 2017, we remember the Austin City Limits Music Festival (week 1) where Grace debuted the majority of her album “Just The Beginning”. It was, for us, one of those I remember where I...

Bubbles, Butterflies and Moths

Grace VanderWaal has a few pointed ideas about fame. From the earliest months of her public exposure, during the intro to her semi-final performance on AGT, she’s made it clear, “It feels like I’m a famous person. I’m not, don’t worry.” Even then it could be wondered...

Lyrical Grace: Unfixable Minds

I know this seems like a cop-out because it’s easily Grace’s shortest song, but I also find it to be one of her most beautiful. I was so disappointed it didn’t make the album. I would love to hear a properly recorded version. To my knowledge Grace only performed it...

Gracefully Dressed

Okay. I officially love The Dress. I think it’s brilliant, actually. It took a few minutes. My first reaction wasn’t positive. But now I think it’s perfect! There’s a fascinating series of vignettes that Grace did with Vevo on different topics. One of my favorites is...

Grace’s Home is the Stage, but Which Stage is Her Home?

My editorial today is what the title suggests, but it’s a little more figurative than you may have assumed. The quick and obvious answer to the question of “Grace’s Home is the Stage, but Which Stage is Her Home?” is whatever stage is set up in Madison Square Garden...

Grace Owns A Garden & Its Name is Madison

I predicted it late yesterday afternoon that last night’s performance at Madison Square Garden would be epic and it was (at least from what I could tell by a vertical 360p resolution video very kindly live streamed by Stewart M. Johnson) and the social media Grace’s...

Grace: In the Limelight

Look ahead. Do you see it coming? It is only a matter of time now. Grace is going to slip the surly bonds of relative anonymity and burst the fame bubble entirely. It’s happening before our very eyes and simultaneously approaching on different fronts. The launch pad...

Songs Grace Should Cover

Before we begin, may I just say, together, Grace and her new guitarist, Melissa Dougherty’s smiles could light up the world? I mean, c’mon, she couldn’t have found a nicer person, I can just tell. Alright, let’s get into it. Today I’m counting down the...

Lyrical Grace: Light The Sky

“Light the Sky” means a lot to me, personally, on many levels, but chief among them is that it’s the song that introduced me to Grace. I was in a pretty dark place in the summer of 2016. My wife’s chronic illness had degenerated so quickly and badly the year before...

Grace in Concert: Toronto Night 1 (Part II)

Continued from Part I… The only critique I can make about Grace’s set is in regards to volume. It was loud enough to get your attention but not enough to discourage idle chatter. I regularly listen to my home stereo and headphones at far greater volume levels....

Grace in Concert: Toronto Night 1 (Part I)

Wednesday June 13, 2018 – Toronto, Ontario. Canada. The weather was brooding all day long as a mix of excessive heat and a fast moving cold front collided. We could hear the thunder in the distance and a storm finally presented itself as thunderheads clashed around...

Stargirl: Book Review

When it was announced last week (June 5th, 2018) that Grace would be playing the title role in a Disney movie adaptation of an award-winning New York Times Best Seller by author Jerry Spinelli (a film that will launch Disney’s new streaming service), I was beyond...

Grace: A Motivational Force

Grace’s music is inspirational, without question. Yet, combined with her other unique qualities, Grace has become a powerful force. She is something more than the total sum of her individual talents. An unexplained quantity. A force that propels people to do better,...

Spoils For the Unspoiled

First comes the blessing of all that you’ve dreamed But then comes the curses of diamonds and rings – Imagine Dragons, “Gold” In light of the recent second anniversary of Grace’s AGT audition broadcast, it’s useful to reflect of the...

How a 14-Year-Old Changed My Life

This article is a little different; it’s not about Grace in the sense that I talk about how great she is, it isn’t a song analysis, it isn’t about her career, etc. It’s none of those things, but it is about her in the sense that I explain what a profound impact...

Lyrical Grace: Clay

Grace’s golden buzzer audition immediately catapulted her into the live shows. After breezing through the quarter and semifinals with “Beautiful Thing” and “Light the Sky” she was the odds-on favorite to win the AGT crown. It was Grace’s finals performance of her...

Gracefully Resurrecting Pop Music

I’ve said it before and will say it again, “Music isn’t what it used to be”. Of course, I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s where the predominant influence was from the 60’s British Invasion and of course Elvis Presley. So rich and diverse was the musical...

Two Years Grace

For the last two years, to the day, we have had Grace in our lives. It was 730 days ago that Grace’s Judges’ audition aired on television, and our world hasn’t been quite the same since. For some of us, those who have followed Grace from the beginning...

Review of Grace’ NPR Tiny Desk Concert

What a week this has been, huh? Not only did we get the amazing news that Grace is soon to be a movie star (streaming star, but when it’s a Disney platform, it’s a big deal, especially when Grace’s movie will be THE launching vehicle for the new platform, i.e. a...

To Everything There is a Season

Wow, what a day yesterday was, both personally and as a fan of Grace, and so were the synchronicities between those two double lives that rarely seem to cross. The day for Grace, yesterday, began with tragic news, the fashion designer superstar who gave Grace her...

FANatical (Part II): Behind the Scenes

Grace has not spoiled her golden ticket win after AGT, and thus far, has created a surprisingly large and dedicated following with her insightful and remarkable use of social media, YouTube, special events, contests, personal interactions, live streams, concerts and...

Lyrical Grace: Just A Crush (Part II)

Continuing on with the second verse, You’re just, just, just, you are, (you are,) just a crush Now we get to the voice bending chorus, where Grace is able to take the rather boring adverb, ‘just’, and turn it into the most devastating arrow ever shot into the heart of...

Lyrical Grace: Just A Crush (Part I)

“I did it! I did it! I did it!” At my current stage of life, being both a parent and grandparent, I find no greater joy than in watching little children discover new things in a world that has become old and familiar to me. Whether it’s their wide-eyed wonder when...

Grace’s Fire

Grace was in the Studio on May 14th laying down the tracks for a new song she described to her best friend/videographer/first music video director Blythe Thomas as “Fire” (not the title, but an adjective). Grace is known for her self-deprecating humour,...