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The voice of Grace Vandarwaal is going to be heard everywhere.

Suffern Grace VanderWaal, a New York singer-songwriter, has never had a past-life regression and has no idea what one is. But odds are, this astute, ukulele-strumming 14-year-old, who began composing songs at the age of three, won season 11 of NBC's "America's Got Talent" at the age of 12, and authored or co-wrote every song on her lyrical 2017 debut, "Just the Beginning," has been around the block. On nuanced pieces like "Moonlight" and the anti-authoritarian "Sick of Being Told," her hoarse, seasoned sound has the self-assurance of a vintage vaudevillian vet. "I've never experienced a regression," she says, "but I can honestly state that I don't bond well with other 14-year-olds."

Were you a'sufferer' as a kid in Suffern?

Ha! Everyone there, I believe, is a little bit. But no, it's actually quite pleasant. I enjoy our home there, and I continue to live with my mother. I'm only 14 years old.

Who do you hang out with if you don't get along with youngsters your own age?

I simply spend time with my sister. She's 17 years old and a fantastic artist. She works in a variety of mediums, but her favorite is painting.

What was it about music that drew you in at such a young age?

I'm not sure. I'm sorry, but I'm unable to respond. It had been there for the majority of my existence. But it was probably movies like "High School Musical" that inspired me to do it. And I was treated as if I were fully normal in class. But, guess what? People don't take the time at school to get to know their peers or learn about their hobbies. In any case, I was home-schooled during "America's Got Talent."

How is education going now that you're traveling?

When I'm on the road, I always home school and then attend to regular school when I get home.

You were the winner of "America's Got Talent." But instead of traveling to Disneyland, you hire expert Pete Nelson to build a tree house for you?

"What would you do if you won?" they questioned all of the competitors during a "AGT" Q&A session. "What would I do?" I kept thinking. "I'm not sure!" says the narrator. But, as I was considering it, poof! My mind wandered to the concept of a tree house.

And you've got a doghouse up there, right?

Yes. I have a pug named Frankenstein, but he's currently sleeping next to me - he's with me on the road.

Do you keep a journal there?

No. I'd like for their to be a schism.

What are your next wishes?

It was a hit single. Believe it or not, I haven't had one yet!


Grace VanderWaal Show:

Place: Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.

Time: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Tickets: $22.50, Sold Out, Contact: (415) 255-0333, Website: www.eventbrite.com

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