Grace Avery VanderWaal (born January 15, 2004) is a Dutch-American singer, songwriter, and ukuleleist from Suffern, New York. She was born near Kansas City, Kansas, to Tina and David VanderWaal, who lived in Lenexa at the time. Her father is of Dutch descent. In September 2016, at age 12, she won the eleventh season of NBC's America's Got Talent singing her original songs. In December 2016, VanderWaal released her first EP, Perfectly Imperfect, on the Columbia Records label. She has performed at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Madison Square Garden, the opening and closing of the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria, various benefit concerts, the Austin City Limits Music Festival and on several television talk shows. She won the 2017 Radio Disney Music Award for Best New Artist and a Teen Choice Award, has been named to Billboard magazine's 21 Under 21 list of fast-rising young music stars in three consecutive years (2016–2018), received the 2017 Billboard Women in Music Rising Star Award, and is the youngest person ever included in Forbes' 30 Under 30 Music List. In November 2017, VanderWaal released a full-length album, Just the Beginning, and then she conducted her first concert tour. She toured in the summer of 2018, opening for Imagine Dragons.