September 21, 2016


Grace VanderWaal Signed A Huge Deal

Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Although she sings "I Don't Know My Name," you certainly know the name of Grace VanderWaal.

VanderWaal, the 12-year-old that won America's Got Talent and whom we wrote about extensively here, has just signed a major-label deal with Columbia Records, according to Billboard.

The tiny folk singer has a deal with Syco, Simon Cowell's company, which falls under Columbia's parent company Sony.

"It’s a lot to take in, but I’ve got to hand it to her," Cowell told Billboard on Tuesday. "She’s a very smart, calm, focused girl and I think she knows what she wants to achieve and what we always say to artists in this situation is it’s not a race."

Cowell also teased something more than the three shows she's headlining in Las Vegas, as part of her AGT prize:

"There is something. A much, much bigger announcement coming soon, which is separate from this," Cowell said. "But that will be for, I’m guessing, 18 months time. But for the moment it is the short term residency for those three acts. That’s the only commitment so far."

During auditions for AGT, Cowell had dubbed VanderWaal as the "next Taylor Swift." Apparently, Swift caught wind (just like the rest of the country), and sent her flowers to congratulate her on her win.