Just the Beginning (Grace VanderWaal album)

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Just the Beginning
Head and shoulders of Grace VanderWaal, a teenage girl, gazing wistfully to her right. She has flowers in her hair, which is piled on her head.
Studio album by Grace VanderWaal
Released November 3, 2017 (2017-11-03)
Grace VanderWaal chronology
Perfectly Imperfect
(2016)Perfectly Imperfect2016
Just the Beginning
Singles from Just the Beginning
  1. "Moonlight"
    Released: June 21, 2017
  2. "Sick of Being Told"
    Released: August 11, 2017

Just the Beginning is the upcoming debut studio album by 13-year-old[1] American singer and songwriter Grace VanderWaal, consisting of twelve original tracks. The album, produced by Ido Zmishlany and Kinetics & One Love,[2] is scheduled to be released on November 3, 2017, by Columbia Records and Syco Music.[3] It is her first full-length project and follows her debut EP, Perfectly Imperfect (2016).

In advance of the album's release, VanderWaal released several singles from the album and plans to promote it with her sold-out Just the Beginning Tour, starting in November 2017.[4][2] VanderWaal has writing credits for every song on Just the Beginning.[5]

Background and promotion

By early 2017, VanderWaal began working on the album, telling Billboard that it will be "more produced ... really the same sound ... [but] less acoustic" than her debut EP, Perfectly Imperfect (2016).[6][3] She has said that her process changed for the album from her previous efforts, because she was writing songs "on demand" with a collaborator: "I've never done this before; it's kind of weird to go into a room with usually a 30-year-old man and just be like 'Oh, let me open up about my life to you and write a super personal song!'"[7] VanderWaal has writing credits for every song on Just the Beginning.[4][5]

On May 21, 2017, VanderWaal previewed "Burned" and "Just a Crush" at her benefit concert at The Valley Hospital in New Jersey.[8] On June 21, as part of VidCon's opening show, YouTube OnStage, at Anaheim Convention Center in California, she premiered[9] the first single from the album, "Moonlight".[10] On July 20, 2017, she released her first official music video, for "Moonlight", which has accumulated more than 10 million views on YouTube.[11] Her television promotions of the album began on August 15, with a return to America's Got Talent as a guest performer singing "Moonlight". She won the competition in 2016.[12] On August 11, she released a second song from the album, "Sick of Being Told".[4][13] On September 4, VanderWaal performed "Moonlight" on Live with Kelly and Ryan.[14] She released a third single from the album, "So Much More than This", on September 14.[3][15] VanderWaal performed "Moonlight" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 18, 2017.[16] She released a fourth single from the album, "Escape My Mind", on October 5, 2017.[17] VanderWaal performed new songs from the album at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October.[18]

She expects to release Just the Beginning on November 3, 2017.[3][19] VanderWaal is scheduled to begin her first tour, the Just the Beginning Tour, on November 5, 2017, to promote the album.[20] As of September 2017, the 13-city tour had sold out.[4][2]


Before the album was released, reviewers commented on the individual song releases: Gil Kaufman of Billboard wrote that "Moonlight" "displays a fun tropical beat making it the perfect summer song" and that it "digs a little deeper" and "displays maturity".[10] Raisa Bruner of Time commented that the song "maintains [VanderWaal's] acoustic flair while layering in a lightly tropical touch".[21] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times opined that it "sounds like steroidal bluegrass-inflected space-pop", and VanderWaal's vocal "sounds emotionally exhausted, like a singer twice her age, or more."[22] Lisa Nguyen of Paste wrote of "Sick of Being Told": "The track is a catchy tune with poppy beats that perfectly capture [VanderWaal's] youthful spirit."[4] Ali Booth, in Tiger Beat, stated: "We haven’t been able to get ... 'So Much More than This' out of our heads since she released it last month!"[23] The headline of People magazine's review of "Escape My Mind" said that the song "will make you think about it all the time", and reviewer Nicole Sands called it a "catchy upbeat song".[17]

Track listing

Just the Beginning[24]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Moonlight"
Zmishlany 2:54
2. "Sick of Being Told"
  • VanderWaal
  • Jeremy Dussolliet

  • Tim Sommers
Kinetics & One Love 3:51
3. "Burned" VanderWaal    
4. "Just a Crush" VanderWaal    
5. "So Much More Than This"
  • Derek Fuhrmann
  • Wattenberg
6. "Escape My Mind" VanderWaal   3:16
7. "Talk Good" VanderWaal    
8. "Florets" VanderWaal    
9. "Insane Sometimes" VanderWaal    
10. "A Better Life" VanderWaal    
11. "City Song" VanderWaal    
12. "Darkness Keeps Chasing Me" VanderWaal    
Total length: 42:05[25]


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  2. ^ a b c Frometa, R. J. "Grace VanderWaal to Release Debut Album Just the Beginning November 3", Vents magazine, September 15, 2017
  3. ^ a b c d Armstrong, Megan. "Grace VanderWaal Announces Debut Album Release Date & Title, Unveils New Song 'So Much More Than This'", Billboard, September 15, 2017
  4. ^ a b c d e Nguyen, Lisa. "Grace VanderWaal Announces Debut Album Just the Beginning, Shares Catchy New Single", Paste, September 15, 2017
  5. ^ a b "AGT winner Grace VanderWaal announces debut album, Just the Beginning", WJBD-FM, September 18, 2017
  6. ^ Weatherby, Taylor. "Grace VanderWaal on What She's Learned Since Being Signed & What Fans Can Expect on Her Debut Album", Billboard, March 8, 2017
  7. ^ Campbell, Nilina Mason. "Grace VanderWaal: 'Moonlight'", Rookie, June 20, 2017
  8. ^ VanderWaal, Grace. "Grace VanderWaal Valley Hospital Concert – Set 1", Facebook.com, May 21, 2017, accessed September 20, 2017; and VanderWaal, Grace. "Grace VanderWaal Valley Hospital Concert – Set 2", Facebook.com, May 21, 2017, accessed September 20, 2017
  9. ^ Laurie, Sullivan "In a First, YouTube Opens VidCon With Live High-Dollar Production Streamed Online", MediaPost Communications, June 22, 2017, accessed September 19, 2017
  10. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil. "Grace VanderWaal Drops Perfect Summer Song, 'Moonlight'", Billboard, June 21, 2017
  11. ^ VanderWaal, Grace. "Grace VanderWaal – 'Moonlight'", YouTube, July 20, 2017
  12. ^ Stone, Natalie. "AGT Champion Grace VanderWaal Returns & Receives Standing Ovation from Judges After Performance of 'Moonlight'", People magazine, August 16, 2017
  13. ^ Roberts, Karen. "Another new single from Grace VanderWaal", The Journal News, August 11, 2017
  14. ^ Stockly, Ed. "Monday's TV highlights: The Reagan Show on CNN", Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2017
  15. ^ VanderWaal, Grace. "Grace VanderWaal – So Much More Than This (Audio)", YouTube, September 14, 2017
  16. ^ Stockly, Ed. "Friday's TV highlights: 11th Annual ACM Honors on CBS", Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2017
  17. ^ a b Sands, Nicole. "Grace VanderWaal's New Song 'Escape My Mind' Will Make You Think About It All the Time", People magazine, October 5, 2017
  18. ^ Tanner, Avery. "ACL Profile: Grace Vanderwaal", Austin Monthly, October 6, 2017
  19. ^ Croke, Karen. "Grace VanderWaal won AGT one year ago, Sept. 14, 2016", The Journal News, September 14, 2016
  20. ^ Barton, Lindsay. "Grace VanderWaal Announces Her First Tour!", Tiger Beat magazine, August 16, 2017; and Kaufman, Gil. "Watch Grace VanderWaal's Triumphant Return to 'America'", Billboard, August 17, 2017
  21. ^ Raisa, Bruner. "5 Songs You Need to Listen to This Week", Time, June 24, 2017, accessed July 22, 2017
  22. ^ Parles, Jon, Jon Caramanica and Giovanni Russonello "The Playlist: Drake Shows Off His Latest Obsessions", The New York Times, June 23, 2017, accessed July 22, 2017
  23. ^ Booth, Ali. "Grace Vanderwaal Opens Up About the Meaning Behind 'So Much More Than This'", Tiger Beat, October 7, 2017
  24. ^ Just The Beginning by Grace VanderWall, iTunes Store, September 16, 2017 (credits obtained from the songs once added to the iTunes library)
  25. ^ Grace VanderWaal: Just The Beginning, Google Play, accessed September 16, 2017
  26. ^ "Grace VanderWaal — Just the Beginning (Target Exclusive) : Target". Target. October 7, 2017. Retrieved October 7, 2017. 

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