Suffern 'America's Got Talent' Winner Grace VanderWaal Hits the Studio

The chops that landed her first place are being put to the test for Simon Cowell and Columbia Records


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The sound that landed 12-year-old ukulele-wielding phenom Grace VanderWaal the winning title on season 11 of America’s Got Talent  (plus a key to Rockland County and perhaps all our hearts) is being put to good use, as she's officially in the studio recording her debut album.

After her much anticipated win, the Suffern singer/songwriter signed to Syco Music, Simon Cowell’s joint venture with Sony Music and Columbia Records, perhaps prompting her bliss-abounding tweet, “I am sooooooo excited about what this is sounding like @SimonCowell can't wait for you to hear it."

While the rise to stardom has been sudden, she doesn’t seem to be letting it get in the way of her work. Or at least if VanderWaal's Grammy-nominated producer Greg Wells, whose resume also boasts credits for Katy Perry, Adele, and Deftones, has anything to say about it. In a tweet, he expressed surprise at her ease in the studio environment, and is confident that, “She’s got it.”

If you happen to be in or around Las Vegas later this month, you can catch this elusive “it” at one of her four upcoming Planet Hollywood performances. Or just get lost in her lofty vocals via YouTube

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