America’s Got Talent winner Grace VanderWaal has a new song out that shows just how far she’s come since taking home the $1 million prize. The track is called “Hideaway,” and it’s featured in the new animated movie Wonder Park, which was just released last week.
When you hear the plot of Wonder Park, you’ll understand why Grace was the perfect choice to record a song for the film. The story focuses on a young girl named June who discovers an amusement park built from her imagination.
Grace’s performances on America’s Got Talent always had a whimsical quality to them, so she’s a great fit for the movie’s fanciful tone. “Hideaway” features Grace’s signature ukulele sound, with lyrics about being imaginative, even when we’re expected to “act our age.”
Speaking of age, some fans in the comments of the song’s YouTube video agree that Grace’s voice has matured since she appeared on AGT. She was 12 when she won the show, and is now 15. It will be interesting to see how her sound continues to change as she gets older — she has a lot of time ahead of her.
In a red carpet interview at Wonder Park‘s premiere earlier this month, Grace explained how the song relates to her own life:
“I kind of feel like I’m at the age where I’m starting to mature and grow up, and I feel like this is the age where … a lot of people feel like they need to branch away from their imagination and childhood dreams, which is stupid … It’s okay to hold onto your imagination growing up.”
In just a couple of years, that imagination has taken her far. Since winning America’s Got Talent, Grace has released an EP of songs she performed on the show, and a studio album called Just the Beginning.
You can listen to “Hideaway” in the above video, or click here for more links to the song.