2018 GraceVerse Year End Recap

2018 has been one heck of a year for Grace and her fans. We’ve gotten two singles; “City Song” (unofficial), and “Clearly” (official). “City Song” was never released as a single to radio or streamers by the label, despite releasing a music video to YouTube. Many lucky...

Grace’s Art: Transcendent & Dreamlike (Part II)

Part II of an article series. For part I, go to yesterday’s post. 5 “A Better Life” week 1 of the Austin City Limits Music Festival The 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival represented for Grace many firsts. It would be her first concert where people paid to...

Grace’s Art: Transcendent & Dreamlike (Part I)

When we behold Grace’s art, that art which we have been exposed to thus far, what do we feel? Let’s pause and really consider that for a moment. Personally, when everything is clicking, when the conditions are perfect, when Grace is fully “in the zone”, or in other...

”Technically 2019”: A Single or Something More?

When Grace was asked whether we can expect new music in 2018 back on December 6th, while walking the pink carpet at the 2018 Billboard Women in Music Awards, Grace replied: “Technically 2019”. What wasn’t clarified was whether or not new music meant a new single, a...

Eilish & VanderWaal: Teen Pioneers

Grace VanderWaal and Billie Eilish both started down their paths to fame and success in the music industry in lockstep, though using different means. Not to pick on Grace’s friend Juliana who last week said that Billie Eilish only used to be the OG (Original Gangsta...

It’s not just the Eve of Christmas

I won’t rehash my three-part “Grace is about to go mainstream-popular” editorial from last week, but I’ll revisit a couple of themes, and provide a few examples of celebrities that are going through, or have gone through, exactly what Grace is this very second. First...

Canada’s Top 5 Favorite Grace Songs

Hi everyone! I’m finally back! It’s been a while, but I’m finally available to write new material for the VanderVault. Today, I wanted to do something a little bit different. I love all of Grace’s songs and obviously have my favorites, so I...

“Grace: The Icon” – A label to love or lose?

I’m not into “shipping”, but I hear that Grace has a date with a word on January 14, 2019, when teen magazine J-14 announces, among others, its Iconic Female Singer award for its March edition. It’s a ready-made personal pronoun of a sort that has been attached often...

Grace’s Fan Base

Since Grace VanderWaal won the 11th season of AGT, at age 12, I have been fascinated with her fan base. It is a very broad group of people, spanning generations, including everyone from small children to people of retirement age. It also extends beyond the borders of...

Grace & Director Julia Hart: Beyond Stargirl?

Yesterday I described how director Julia Hart is, frankly, a terrific fit as the person Disney hired to bring Jerry Spinelli’s brilliant novel “Stargirl” to the medium of film. Today, I’m going to get a bit, okay, maybe more than a bit,...

Julia Hart’s Stargirl: Graceful Expectations

My apologies to our readers and to Julia Hart. I only just finally watched her directorial debut film “Miss Stevens” over the weekend. In my defense I haven’t had a chance to watch many movies since starting the Vault and its various projects that take up a...

What If Grace Had A Christmas Album?

After listening to Grace’s Christmas expertise when performing holiday songs, the release of her and Ingrid Michaelson’s cover of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, and Sia’s 2017 Christmas album, “Everyday Is Christmas”, something occurred to me:...

Grace Breaking Into the Mainstream (Part III)

Co-promoting Stargirl: The ideal situation, and one proposed by many of our commenters here at the Vault, is for Disney and the film’s director (Julia Hart) to allow Grace to write a song for the movie, one that can even simply be played over the closing credits if...

Grace Breaking Into the Mainstream (Part II)

The first part of this editorial discussed record label investments in new artists, how much they are willing to spend to “break” a new artist into popular culture. Just in case I wasn’t clear in yesterday’s article I’ll try and rephrase the purpose of this exercise....

Grace Breaking Into the Mainstream (Part I)

How does breaking Grace into the mainstream compare to a label breaking a complete unknown into the mainstream? Well, it’s a bit of an apples and pears comparison in Grace’s case. The reason why I described it that way is two-fold: Grace has to be re-introduced to the...

Confidence and Grace

Confidence, you either have it, or you don’t, right? Not really. Confidence is a wave you have to surf, some days the seas are calm and manageable, but every once in a while a monster breaker comes up and sucks you under, in other words one’s level of...

Grace is Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree!

Well, we knew Grace was going to be performing this morning on Live with Kelly & Ryan, but we only found out late last night that Ingrid and Grace would be releasing a music video for “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”* at the same time! Actually, the video will...

Madison Square Garden: Vegas Style. Grace’s Destiny?

Over the course of Grace’s Just The Beginning Tour she played many of the smaller historically important theaters and halls across the U.S. such as The Troubadour in LA, Irving Plaza in New York and the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. On Tour with Imagine Dragons, she...

Gracefully Walking the Red (or Pink) Carpet

Red carpets were originally intended for the gods, but have heralded the entrance of royalty since Clytemnestra laid down the crimson path for the returning Agamemnon in Aeschylus’ 458 B.C.E. play. In an enduring, if likely apocryphal tale, Sir Walter Raleigh laid his...

Stargirl: In Search of Grace

Several of you fellow VanderVaultians have asked if I would write a column detailing my crazy-ass serendipitous fan journey, one that has, ultimately, led to the clearly ‘meant-to-be’ pairing of my all-time fave literary character, Stargirl Caraway, with...

New Music in 2019… Technically?

Grace had a nice pink carpet interview with the always respectful and fun Chelsea Briggs at the 2018 Billboard Women in Music Awards last night where Grace revealed at least one brand new piece of information. First off, I have to briefly comment on just how much...

Awards, Honors and Accolades (Part III)

The second half of the chronological list (September 2017 – present) of selected awards, honors and accolades that Grace has received so far in her short career. Billboard Women in Music 2017 Category: Rising Star December 30, 2017 Comparison: Camila Cabello,...

Awards, Honors and Accolades (Part II)

As a way of putting perspective on the regard Grace holds within the various industries and bases, presented below is the first half of a chronological list (September 2016 – August 2017) of selected awards, honors and accolades that she has received so far in...

Awards, Honors and Accolades (Part I)

In the run-up to the 2019 Grammy Award nominations announcement on December 5th, it’s useful to reflect on the place that awards and other forms of recognition have in the career of an artist such as Grace. As there are over 330 potential nominees in the category of...

The Last Train to Taylorville (Part II)

(Or why a famous prediction should be derailed and never mentioned again) As singer-songwriters, both Taylor and Grace can obviously hold their own against anybody. Your mileage varies depending on your opinion. But there are a few interesting comparative trends to...

The Last Train to Taylorville (Part I)

(Or why a famous prediction should be derailed and never mentioned again) We all know that on June 07, 2016, Simon Cowell invoked the name of the most famous female singer-songwriter ever in popular music. And there on stage stood one Grace VanderWaal, just hoping...