Grace Avery VanderWaal is an American singer, songwriter and ukuleleist from Suffern, New York. In September 2016, at age 12, she won the eleventh season of the NBC TV competition show America’s Got Talent (AGT). She soon signed a record deal with Columbia Records and released her first EP, Perfectly Imperfect, in December 2016. VanderWaal also creates videos of her original songs and covers for YouTube, and she continues to perform.
VanderWaal was born near Kansas City, Kansas, to Tina and David VanderWaal, who lived in Lenexa at the time. The family later moved to Suffern, New York.Since winning America’s Got Talent (AGT), VanderWaal has been home-schooled and enrolled in online courses.
VanderWaal resides in Suffern, New York, with her mother, father, and older sister;she also has an older brother.Her father is a vice president of marketing at LG Electronics.
VanderWaal signed a recording deal with Columbia Records in September 2016, soon after winning AGT,[and began recording sessions in October for her debut EP, Perfectly Imperfect, which was released on December 2, 2016. Pre-orders for the recording entitled purchasers to an instant download of VanderWaal’s song “I Don’t Know My Name”. There are five songs on the EP, including all four of VanderWaal’s original songs from AGT and another original, “Gossip Girl”. The recording is produced by Greg Wells. A Walmart version features one additional song, “Missing You (Coffeehouse Version)”. The artwork for the EP was created by VanderWaal’s sister Olivia.