Grace Vanderwaal is not your typical 15 year old. While others her age are doing homework and going to bed early, she spent her Tuesday night putting on a phenomenal performance to a sold-out crowd at Denver’s Bluebird Theater. Life sure changes when you win America’s Got Talent at age 12.
Patrick Martin started off the night as the venue was still filling in. This was just his fourth show on his very first tour, telling the crowd that he had performed for the first time in January. Despite his lack of performance experience, he looked like an absolute natural on stage. He performed with high energy and an upbeat attitude, dancing his heart out and cracking some jokes to the crowd. His vocal-centered tracks and poppy sound made him the perfect opening for Grace’s set.
Grace came out smiling to an electrified and screaming crowd. The Bluebird was packed to the brim and the energy was overflowing. For only being 15, Grace looked like she had been performing sold-out shows for decades. She bounced around stage, dancing and jumping and putting her heart and soul into every song. The audience sang along to classics like “Ur So Beautiful” and “I Don’t Know My Name”. She also played a few unreleased tracks, hinting that they may be included on an EP she is hoping to release this fall. Appealing to the older members of the audience, she delivered a beautiful and flawless cover of Billy Joel’s “Vienna”.
Her voice is mature and golden, and she is charismatic and relaxed on stage. I was blown away by both her stage presence and talent. Constantly interacting with the audience, she gave the sold-out show a very intimate and genuine feel.
Grace first was brought to fame when she won America’s Got Talent at age 12. Since then her fan base has continued to grow at an unbelievable rate as people discover her incredible talent. With so much talent at just 15, there is no way Grace is not destined for stardom. If you have the chance to catch Grace on this tour, I would not miss it… her future is infinitely bright. Look out Taylor Swift, there’s a new rising star on the come-up.
Photos and Review: Jason Habib