Grace + Calpurnia: Terrible Idea or Utter Genius?

We all want Grace to start an indie revolution. We want her to help bring artful pop back into the mainstream, and we know there’s a pretty good chance of this happening, giving everybody in the industry (except for her label, for the time being), seems to love her....

Lyrical Grace: I Don’t Know My Name

One of my all-time favorite songs by Grace is the song that began her whole career. The one that she performed on AGT in the very beginning. That song is “I Don’t Know My Name”. This song is all about finding yourself and discovering who you are as a...

Stargirl, Sooner Than Later?

As Grace inspires thousands in Salt Lake City today at the LoveLoud Music Festival you can hear the thunder and feel the heat of the lightning coming out of Hollywood as huge moves are being made by Disney to expand ever larger. Yesterday, Fox Studios shareholders...

Grace in the Name of Love

Grace has been a vocal supporter of LGBTQ youth since the age of 12 when she performed at the True Colors Fund hosted 6th annual Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays show to benefit LGBTQ youth homelessness. That night Grace (very fresh off of her AGT...

Grace is Becoming Stargirl

With Monday night’s (very early Tuesday’s) appearance on the Late Late Show with James Corden, and her sets at The Forum in LA and Evolve Tour performances since, you could feel WME’s marketing and publicist’s presence in the way Grace was presented (and in this...

Grace Inspires Canada!

So, I was scrolling down the home page of VanderVault.org and I happened to see a video asking people what was it about Grace’s music that inspired them. I thought, “Wow. That’s actually a really good question.” I decided that I would write an...

Grace Thrives on Change

For anyone who hasn’t watched Grace’s interview and performance and the Grammy Museum on Sunday, July 22nd, 2018, please go and do so now using the link below… …watched it? Okay, let’s dig in. Grace completely rebooted my prediction engine with yesterday’s...

Lyrical Grace: The Differences are the Point

The Differences Are The Point is an early Grace song which is of interest for several reasons, most notably because it was her first real collaboration. It also has the distinction of being written and sung as a duet. Another difference from Grace’s other work is that...

Grace VanderWaal: The Art of Collaboration

A while back, I watched a video essay on how rapper and social critic Kendrick Lamar collaborates with people on music videos and music in general, and I thought I’d do something similar for Grace, with the “Moonlight” video as the primary focus of the discussion. The...

Simon Cowell’s Terrible Swift Sword (Part II)

  “Grace, you know what I predict for you? I think you are the next little Taylor Swift.” If indeed Simon had been deliberately looking to create a mental association between the unknown pre-teen auditioner and the adult international mega-star, he could hardly...

Simon Cowell’s Terrible Swift Sword (Part I)

By the spring of 2016, Simon Cowell had been navigating, mostly upwards, through the entertainment industry for more than 35 years. Record producer, television reality show creator, celebrity talent judge, Simon’s chief assets were an eye for talent and the tongue...

A Super-Star-Girl is Born

How is a Super-Star born from a Musician, Actor, Comedian or a Dancer? Each category falls within their own lines of entertainment, but they are usually mutually exclusive. Only the rarest form of entertainer, however, can occupy many or all of these disciplines with...

Amazing Concert in Missouri

The VanderVault welcomes Canada Stewart as our newest contributing writer. Not only is Canada an excellent wordsmith, but she is also one of only two female writers, and the only one of our staff to post a cover of a Grace song (link below). She is also a songwriter...

Simon Hears a Who!

Just over a month ago, Gaetan Drapeau wrote a superb Op Ed (named “Gracefully Resurrecting Pop Music”, in case you want to (re-)read it – and you should!), in which he outlines the many metrics by which we can measure the homogenization and impoverishment of...

Lyrical Grace: Gossip Girl

Everybody has that ex-friend. The one that always talked about people behind their backs, the one you were embarrassed to be around sometimes because they loudly complained about everything surrounding them, the one you knew in your heart you shouldn’t trust,...

Grace’s Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Chris Latham and I were casually discussing potential storylines for movies Grace could star in and at one point Chris proposed, very much in jest, that the story could be a spy movie where she, Millie Bobby Brown and Maddie Ziegler, could play themselves as a modern...

To AGT or not AGT: That is the Question

I was shaking with excitement a little under two years ago when Grace won America’s Got Talent (AGT), and I recognize that without AGT none of us would be here… yet… (it’s my contention that Grace was destined to be a successful artist, but that AGT simply...

Where Is The Love? Critically Speaking

I went on a bit of a controversial rant back on June 28th lambasting the state of music criticism today, or at least as I perceive(d) it. I based my vitriol on a whole lot of presumption, as is my norm, but I will attempt to be fair this morning, or at least feign...

Grace & Grammy

I didn’t think this would be a valid topic of conversation for at least another couple of months, but Hits Daily Double already put out their early picks for nominees and winners for 2018. No, they did not mention Grace. Grace still has until September 30th to make an...

Stargirl & Disney

The Stargirl film property has been on the shelf, off the shelf, and back on the shelf, many times over the past few years. Jerry Spinelli recently revealed in an interview that at one point Taylor Swift (likely early in her career) and Dakota Fanning (when she was...

Grace… Honestly

I was watching some clips of Canadian psychology professor, and controversial political activist, Jordan Peterson and came across this amazing nugget. In this clip of a psychology lecture that the undeniably brilliant Peterson gave a year ago, he describes one day, as...

Lyrical Grace: Hope For Change

Hope For Change is an exclusive track on the Target (a large U.S. Department Store chain) version of Grace’s debut LP “Just The Beginning”. It’s an exciting and quirky rock ballad that sounds like a collaboration between Santana and Sheryl Crow…and that’s not a...

Possible Directions Grace Can Take Her Sound

Hi guys, We all know Grace VanderWaal is a versatile singer-songwriter with an even more diverse taste in music (everything from The Beatles to Ariana Grande to Rex Orange County). Therefore it’s only obvious she’ll be taking her talent to exciting new places in the...

Grace in the Arena & Beyond

I’ve mentioned some of what follows before, but I’ll try to build upon those themes and not repeat myself too much. The Evolve tour has been a true learning experience, not only for Grace, but for her management (hopefully). After a solid month now of watching footage...

Doing It By The Book: Simon Says

Simon Cowell wrote the book on what it takes to be a reality TV pop star. No, literally. Back in 2003, Simon wrote and published “I Don’t Mean to Be Rude, But…”, a behind-the-scenes gossip-fest recounting the first two years of American Idol. Other than a few chapters...

All About The Base

“All the lonely people Where do they all come from? All the lonely people Where do they all belong?” Lennon / McCartney Eleanor Rigby Disclaimer: What follows below is based largely on selective observations, hunches, speculations and ‘intuition’. Having...

Best Covers of Grace’s Songs

I apologize for this paper-thin “editorial” today, but my family’s going through a bit of a health crisis and I’ve been up for 25 hours straight and can’t properly formulate anything more complicated than a list. We all know Grace covers other artists songs amazingly...

Graceful Roles: Your Wishlist

A bit of a lazy cop-out editorial this morning, I apologize, but not really – I’m suffering from a bit of heat stroke and I’m taking it easy today. We’ve all shared our list of favourite Grace songs, songs from other artists we’d like Grace to cover, but how...

Lyrical Grace: So Much More Than This

Miles Beining provides us with his first entry in our “Lyrical Grace” series, and he did a terrific job. There will, however, be one point of controversy regarding his review. The line ”The whole crowd seems to like me now, ‘cause now they think I’m...