Precocious singer-songwriter Grace VanderWaal first vaulted into fame with her preternaturally soulful vocals and ukelele playing as a 12-year-old auditioning for America’s Got Talent. Now, at 15, she’s now trying to establish an identity for herself as a songwriter with sedate, romantic pop that channels adult-contemporary greats like Yuna.
Her new single, “Waste My Time,” skirts around youthful puppy love cliches to focus on the joys of doing nothing in particular with someone you love. VanderWaal sings “I just wanna waste your time / We can do anything you like” on the wistful chorus, her unusually deep vocals and mature poise a contrast to her actual age. In her rain-slicked music video for the track (dir. Blythe Thomas), VanderWaal cavorts around a convenience store with a mannequin.
In a statement, VanderWaal describes the song as “an ode to being young, living in the moment and not worrying about the big picture. This song is me saying ‘I don’t care’ and a particular someone or something can be worth wasting my time on.”
“Waste My Time” follows “Ur So Beautiful,” a similarly smooth single released earlier this summer. VanderWaal kicks off her “Ur So Beautiful Tour” on Aug. 10 in Lexington, Ky.
You can watch the “Waste My Time” video below. Further down is VanderWaal’s viral 2017 Paste Studio performance of Ed Sheeran’s “The A-Team.” Don’t forget to check out the dates of the “Ur So Beautiful Tour” at the bottom.
Grace VanderWaal Ur So Beautiful Tour Dates:
10 – Lexington, Ky. @Railbird Festival
11 – Asheville, N.C. @The Orange Peel
13 – Nashville, Tenn. @Cannery Ballroom
14 – Atlanta, Ga. @Variety Playhouse
16 – Dallas, Texas @Granada Theater
17 – Austin, Texas @Emo's
18 – Houston, Texas @Warehouse Live – Ballroom
21 – Phoenix, Ariz. @The Van Buren
22 – Los Angeles, Calif. @El Rey Theatre
25 – Santa Ana, Calif. @The Observatory OC
27 – Los Angeles, Calif. @El Rey Theatre
28 – Los Angeles, Calif. @El Rey Theatre
29 – San Francisco, Calif. @The Fillmore
01 – Salt Lake City, Utah @The Depot
02 – Fort Collins, Colo. @Washington's
03 – Denver, Colo. @Bluebird Theater
06 – Minneapolis, Minn. @Varsity
07 – Chicago, Ill. @Park West
09 – Detroit, Mich. @St. Andrews Hall
11 – Toronto, Ont. @The Opera House
13 – Boston, Mass. @Royale
14 – New Haven, Conn. @College Street Music Hall
16 – Philadelphia, Pa. @Theatre of the Living Arts
17 – New York, N.Y. @Webster Hall
19 – Richmond, Va. @The National
20 – Washington, D.C. @9:30 Club
21 – Baltimore, Md. @Rams Head Live