Grace Avery VanderWaal (born January 15, 2004) is an American singer-songwriter from Suffern, New York, who earned wide notice at an early age. She is known for her distinctive vocals and often accompanies herself on the ukulele. VanderWaal also posts videos of her original songs and covers on YouTube.
In September 2016, at age 12, she won the eleventh season of the NBC TV competition show America’s Got Talent (AGT), singing her original songs. In December 2016, she released her first EP, Perfectly Imperfect, on the Columbia Records label. Her 2017 performances have included the opening and closing of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, appearances in Japan, and performances at several benefit concerts and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. She won the 2017 Radio Disney Music Award for Best New Artist and a Teen Choice Award, and she has twice been named to Billboard magazine’s 21 Under 21 list of fast-rising young music stars.
In November 2017, VanderWaal released a full-length album, Just the Beginning, and launched her first concert tour.