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    Posted: September 04 2019 at 21:51
Hello. I've not been in this forum for many years. Is anyone here a fan of 15 yo singer songwriter Grace Vanderwaal?  seems she would have some prog fans - I'm a long time prog fan and I love her music. Anyway, if you don't know her she won Americas Got Talent at age 12yo and quickly earned the label of a songwriting prodigy. Three years later, she is evolving and growing, and her music reflects an incredible appetite for all genres of popular music.  

Which leads me to this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB6Z7_j3aKE&feature=em-comments

her latest song (called Poser) debuted just a few days ago.    

OK, once again Grace is only 15 yo. and while this may not be prog rock it is as progressive a sound as I've heard from her. Clearly she is growing, and knowing what I know about her, including her fondness for 70's music - what are the chances that she could veer more and more in a prog direction? There is lots of competition - jazz, chill, blues, pop, folk - she crosses genres easily. But I was totally smitten by this latest song, especially the first 2/3 of it. It all depends on where her heart lies. So but I am just throwing this out there in case anyone wants to comment. Grace says she is still searching for her sound. OK, so now she loves the 70's, wears bell bottoms, covers the Turtles and Billy Joel and.......is it time for someone to introduce her to King Crimson? 


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I see my first post landed with a thud. OK, let me try again. Since i last wrote, Grace has released a new EP called letters Vol 1. Here is the first track, an intro that is quite progressive albeit short.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb00zUDwHl0

Not bad for a 15 yo. I don't even know where to begin or what to compare it to. There is a lot of talk among Grace fans about her sound and the experimental direction she appears to be headed at times. 

On another note, it appears Grace will be touring the UK next year, and possibly other countries in Europe.
I know she has a lot of fans in the UK. Perhaps a few even visit this forum :)





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Thanks, pal - listening now

(really "grown-up" music, what a surprise - and somewhat progressive as you say)
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Thanks! If you liked Gucci Shoes, you might also try "Moonlight" and "Florets" off of her "Just the Beginning" album and "The City" off of Letters Vol 1. She was only 13 when she wrote and performed the first two songs. And the City evokes the 70's a little. Youtube and Spotify has them all.

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My wife and I watched in amazement when she was on America's Got Talent in 2016. That she was writing her own music & lyrics at that point reflects her immense underlying talent. I don't know how "proggy" she'll become, but if Leslie Hunt can take the reigns of District 97 after her stint on American Idol, then maybe there's hope that Grace will follow.
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Several of Graces more recent songs go in a slightly chill direction ("UR so Beautiful" and "Poser" off the Letters EP, "You'll Get Bored" (unreleased but a live version is on youtube, and another unreleased song recently performed live in San Diego called "Overrated").

Which got me thinking about progressive chill or trip hop which seems to be a pretty active genre right now with some other teenagers dabbling in it (Chloe X Halle, Willow Smith). I haven't followed the forums here for a long time, but I see some references to trip hop. Also, I just picked up the name Kadhja Bonet somewhere here (?) and also have playlisted in Spotify Sudan Archives, Soul Coughing, Dirty Loops, Hiatus Kaiyote, Dzihan and Kamien, Lalleshwari, Luscious Jackson and many other artists. 

There are many instances where I'll get off the prog bus to go and listen to something a little more chill. And progressive chill satisfies my needs for prog without having my senses obliterated by a really heavy guitar sound (I know, thats only some prog, not all.....). 

Chill and Trip Hop have their roots in R&B and so the big question then is if it is "rock" at all. I suspect it really isn't which is why a prog rock site would not generally pay attention to it no matter how progressive it is. In any case, back to Grace - currently her progressive side seems as much chill as it is rock or indie, so we'll just have to wait and see if she is ever going to come and land here on the Progarchives planet. 



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