15. She has sound pop influences
The little strummer girl is a pop fan through and through, citing various musical idols as having an impact on her sound. Among the most notable are Twenty One Pilots, Meghan Trainor, and Jason Mraz. However, one of her favorites inspired her attitude more than her music. She told Teen Vogue in 2016: “Not so much the sound but as a person I would say Katy Perry inspires me, because you can always see that she’s being true to herself.”
14. Boredom drove her to stardom
One of the most refreshing things about VanderWaal is her honesty. She doesn’t trot out some fairytale story about how she began making music, but instead, bluntly states that there was nothing glamorous about it. She simply started to write music because she was “really bored,” which makes a nice change from the fantastical stories we usually hear on AGT.