Grace VanderWaal: the next Taylor Swift?

Twelve-year-old Grace VanderWaal, a ukulele player and vocalist from Suffern, N.Y., has awed judges and new-found fans alike with her original compositions after her “America’s Got Talent” audition went viral in June and again last night in her performance in the semi-finals.

Grace’s girlish charm, confidence, and sophisticated vocal talent not only got her fast-tracked to the next round with judge Howie Mandel’s golden buzzer, but has earned her the title of “the Next Taylor Swift” and put her in the position to really influence music in the coming years.

“This is very simple. Every idea comes from you, the songs come from you, and you sing for a new generation,” Simon Cowell told Grace on stage last night. “I am so flattered you chose to come on ‘America’s Got Talent.'” READ MORE.