Approaching Stargirl

This article was first published in our online discussion forum. Come on over to https://vandervault.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=697 to join the conversation about this article. “Stargirl” is coming, and that right soon. For those in need of a brief overview or...

AGT: Champions – By the Numbers

This article was first published in our online discussion forum. Come on over to https://vandervault.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=605 to join the conversation about this article. As the “Ur So Beautiful” tour concludes, Grace’s fans are looking ahead to a fall...

Grace and the “Tipping Point”

This article was first published in our online discussion forum. Come on over to https://vandervault.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=460 to join the conversation about this article. Malcolm Gladwell’s “Tipping Point” hypothesis, outlined in his 2000 book of the...

An Illustrated Glossary of Singing Terms

This article was first published in our online discussion forum. Come on over to https://vandervault.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=225 to join the conversation about this article. Grace fans of all ages and backgrounds gather here to discuss fine points and...

In Praise of Imperfection

“So, you know, some of the stuff you were playing, maybe the notes were wrong,…your voice is a little bit croaky at times, and, but that is what makes you perfect.” -Simon Cowell In the aftermath of Grace VanderWaal’s audition airing for AGT Season 11, many of...

Grace VanderWaal on the Moral High Ground

[NOTE: Recently in comments on Grace’s YouTube music videos, a couple of posters have used the term “sellout”, without elaboration. What follows is an exploration of the term and its context, as well as a view as to what puts Grace the Artist beyond such concerns.]...

Grace VanderWaal: Starwoman

In the run-up to the premiere of Stargirl on the Disney+ streaming service, now stated in recent interviews to be in February 2020, it’s important to examine the changing state of both Grace and her fanbase, in order to get a sense of what might be expected when the...

Grace’s Music in Popular Culture

On the recent Season 3 premiere of of the NBC reality competition show World of Dance, junior contemporary dancer Lauren Yakima’s routine was critiqued by the panel of judges over a backing track of popular music. In this case, the song was Grace VanderWaal’s...

The Lure of Saturday Night Live

If new Grace music is truly imminent, the VanderWaal publicity machine will once again fully engage, ramping up both social and practical media to maximum potential. The recent total blackout of all hints and sneak peeks, coupled with the creation of a music video...

Grammy’s Best New Artist – By the Numbers

Today we look at current social, streaming, and sales metrics to compare Grace’s numbers to the eight nominees for this year’s Grammy Best New Artist nominees. Be aware that this is not an attempt to re-argue the choices for this year’s nomination class, or to lay...

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...

Stargirl Cast and Crew: Karan Brar

In the production of “Stargirl”, no one in front of the cameras personifies the concept of Disney child star better than Karan Brar. Brar, cast as Leo’s friend and sidekick Kevin, joins the production after a busy decade of television and movie acting both inside and...

Stargirl Cast and Crew: Maximiliano Hernández

Like quite a few members of the cast and crew of “Stargirl”, Maximiliano Hernández brings a rich and varied background in the entertainment field to the production. Stage experience as well as screen work, both big and small, have led to his being cast as Mr....

Stargirl Cast and Crew: Graham Verchere

Except for a few diligent Grace fans (looking at you John May) paying attention to her Instagram subscriber list, it’s likely the first time most of them heard of Graham Verchere was when Deadline announced his casting as Leo Borlock in “Stargirl.” While this young...

Stargirl Cast and Crew: Giancarlo Esposito

As has been cited before, even a quick look at the cast and crew list for “Stargirl” would make it clear that Disney is not treating this as an ordinary made-for-TV movie, or even as one of their typical live-action theatrical films. The production team and adult cast...

Grace VanderWaal: Fender Signature Series Artist

Try this out, see how it sounds: Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Grace VanderWaal… While some musical instrument retailers have already been taking orders for several weeks, and others have yet to list them, Monday the 2nd of October, 2018 is marked as the official...

Grace at School

As Grace winds up her stint as opening act for Imagine Dragons on the second North American leg of their Evolve tour, it’s important to remember that it’s not only her summer tour, it’s also her summer vacation. While most people her age are focusing on the upcoming...

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...

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...

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...

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...