This season on America’s Got Talent, Grace Van Der Waal stunned the audience and the judges by singing an original song. Howie Mandel awarded her with the “Golden Buzzer,” immediately sending the contestant to the next round. The video of her performance has 15 million views and counting on YouTube, and her personal channel’s videos are nearing 100,000 views each.
This young girl from a small town has already gone viral. Here are four reasons why Grace Van Der Waal is the next Taylor Swift and what you can learn from her.
1. Seek the advice of industry professionals.
Van Der Waal received a standing ovation from the audience and judges, as well as impeccable praise from Mandel. The biggest compliment, however, came from arguably the toughest judge in the history of talent contests, Simon Cowell. He said, “You know what I predict for you? I think you are the next Taylor Swift.” If Simon loves her, it means something!
Like Van Der Waal, you should seek constructive criticism from industry professionals. Take what they say in stride, and be ready to apply it to your music. No one becomes great all alone.
2. Write your own songs.
Much like Swift, Van Der Waal writes her own material. According to her mother, she has been singing and writing her own songs since she was 3 years old. Now, she accompanies the lyrics with basic ukulele chords, similar to Swift’s songs with her guitar. Van Der Waal’s lyrics are light and fun, often describing her experiences with friends and family. While her innocent lyrics are equivalent to Swift’s, the style of performance differs. Van Der Waal’s style resembles an indie alternative genre, while Swift started out as a country singer.
One of the best ways to get your music noticed to release original songs. No matter how much a song you cover may relate to your life, it will never ring as true with viewers as your original lyrics will. Writing your own songs gives a fresh perspective to familiar situations.
3. Believe in your own abilities.
At only 12 years old, Grace Van Der Waal in already a national sensation. This little ball of originality is not even in her teen years yet. Her fans on YouTube are already asking when she will release an album. Swift, on the other hand, began performing before her teen years as well. However, Swift’s first album was not released until 2006 when she was 17. At the rate Van Der Waal is gaining recognition, her first album could be released within the next few years, which would put her ahead of Swift’s growth.
Like Van Der Waal, you should be prepared to take advantage of every opportunity. Believing in yourself is the ultimate key to success. No matter how young or inexperienced you are, every career choice is up to you.
4. Be fearless.
Van Der Waal is confident in her music and shows determination to become a successful artist. She sings about finding her way and being herself, which exudes maturity beyond her years. Also, performing an original song in the early rounds of a talent show is risky! She proved to the judges and to the world that she means business.
Like Van Der Waal, don’t be afraid to stand out. Take a risk. Be unique. Being fearless is the only way that you’ll get your music noticed.
Grace Van Der Waal has the potential to be a household name. Through her fun music and unique spunk, anything is possible for this girl! She sets the standard for other aspiring musicians to follow.
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Corinne Rivera appreciates every type of music, which stems from her experience in dance and playing the guitar and the flute. She currently resides in San Francisco where she studies electronic communications, explores the city’s art, and attends concerts of all genres.