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Grace VanderWaal releases new single 'Stray'

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Fri, Feb 22nd 2019 04:10 pm
Grace VanderWaal (Photo by Daria Kobayashi, courtesy of Columbia Records)
Grace VanderWaal (Photo by Daria Kobayashi, courtesy of Columbia Records)

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Award-winning singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal has returned with brand-new music for 2019. The artist released her new single, “Stray,” today via Columbia Records. The track features a moody, searching sound that’s a departure from her signature airy ukulele riffs, but still showcases her raspy, captivating vocals.

Grace has also shared the new song’s official music video, a creative vision that was brought to life with help from director Blythe Thomas. Watch HERE. “Stray” is her first new music release following her last single, “Clearly,” in early 2018. More is expected in 2019.

“ ‘Stray’ is close to me,” Grace said. “Not because it’s the re-start of my continuing path, but because it explains the exhilarating fear and freedom of growing up. Growing up feels like a storm you weren’t prepared for. But how do you prepare? By practicing and appreciating you.”

Following the release of her best-selling EP “Perfectly Imperfect” in 2016 and her full-length album “Just The Beginning” in 2017, the “America’s Got Talent” winner is back with new music. Described as a “mature songwriter” and “pop natural” by The New York Times, Grace, in just her first three years as an artist, has been named one of Billboard’s 21 Under 21 for three consecutive years and was featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in 2018 – the youngest member to ever make the list. Additional accolades include Billboard’s Women in Music 2017 Rising Star Award and Teen Choice Next Big Thing Award. She has partnered with brands Kate Spade, and Fender, which launched a Grace VanderWaal Signature ukulele last year, making her their youngest ever signature artist. In 2018, Grace also completed a sold-out headline tour and accompanied Imagine Dragons as the supporting act on their North American “Evolve” Tour.

VanderWaal most recently tackled the title role in Disney’s “Stargirl,” a film adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s best-selling young adult novel and one of the first original films to premiere on the company’s upcoming streaming service to be released early 2020.

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