Last night (September 14), America’s Got Talent crowned the winner of Season 11 — 12 year-old singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal.
From the moment Grace stepped onto the AGT stage for her first audition, it was clear there was something SUPER special about the young and talented New York native. Armed with her ukulele, an incredible original song titled “I Don’t Know My Name” and a voice unlike any other, Grace wowed all four judges — particularly Canadian comedian Howie Mandel. He pressed his “Golden Buzzer” for VanderWaal, sending her straight into the live show portion of the competition.
Week after week, Grace captured the hearts of audiences with her endearing, emotional original songs — and equally original delivery — which, in the end, earned her the title of Season 11 champion.
It’s rare to find a talent like VanderWaal, someone so young who is armed with a powerful, mature voice — and with equally powerful and mature writing talents. We can’t wait to follow her career as she begins this next stage of her life.
In honour of Grace’s big win, we’re bringing you EVERY single one of her YouTube covers — all of which prove she has a million dollar voice:
All About The Bass (Meghan Trainor)
The only thing we love more than the “outdoor aesthetic” is her incredible arrangement of Meghan Trainor’s breakout hit. Not to mention the way she belts out that chorus, leaving us with serious chills.
We Don’t Believe What’s On TV (Twenty One Pilots)
We love how Grace turned this edgy tune into a sweet serenade. Her delicate delivery creates a different feel to the song, but by using her ukulele she honoured the original TOP track. Also, have we mentioned her voice is sweeter than chocolate?
Pity Party (Melanie Martinez)
GRACE’S MUSICAL TASTE THOUGH.
I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You (Elvis)
VanderWaal’s voice — along with her appreciation for music from all eras and genres — is truly beyond her years. Her stripped down version of this Elvis classic gave us ALL of the goosebumps.
Ex’s and Oh’s (Elle King)
Can Elle and Grace have a “rasp” off? While it may be a departure from the material that Grace normally takes on, this cover makes so much sense. Her slightly softer delivery truly compliments the song. But it’s her performance that’s left us speechless — the combination of sass, attitude and confidence she brings to every cover is incredible, especially from such a young musician.
Jar Of Hearts (Christina Perri)
Back To Earth (Jason Mraz)
The lyrics of this song compliment Grace and her persona perfectly. Jason is known to pack a TON of lyrics into small segments of his songs, but VanderWaal never stumbled — totally pulling it off.
Trouble (Never Shout Never)
Just when we thought we couldn’t love this Never Shout Never song more. Grace moves away from her crackly rasp and opts for a clean (yet quirky) delivery that reminds us why we were (and still are) obsessed with the original.
Imagine (John Lennon)
For someone so young, Grace really captured the essence of these deep and powerful John Lennon lyrics throughout this cover. And those runs?! SLAY QUEEN!!
Hotel California (The Eagles)
It’s refreshing to see Grace perform with a partner, as they highlight her understanding of more complex vocal skills — like harmonies.
Ready Or Not (Bridgit Mendler)
On repeat. Always.
Riptide (Vance Joy)
If there was ever a song Grace was born to cover, it’s Vance Joy’s “Riptide.”
Breathe Me (Sia)
Much like Elle King, Sia is one of the few voices in music today that sounds somewhat like Grace — big and boisterous with that breaking quality that conveys so much emotion. VanderWaal’s cover of “Breathe Me” is so…well, breath-taking.
Dog Days Are Over (Florence And The Machine)
Although the chorus of “Dog Days Are Over” is quite powerful, the song gets rather quiet at times — and Grace perfectly captures the softer side of one of Florence Welch’s best.
Frosty The Snowman
If you don’t add this to your festive playlist this year, you’ll be doing Christmas ALL wrong.