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Grace VanderWaal's Latest Song 'Moonlight' Comes With A Meaningful Backstory

"It’s something a lot of people are afraid to talk about and they shouldn’t."

It's been almost a year since Grace VanderWaal won America's Got Talent. Since then, she's signed with Columbia Records and released an EP called Perfectly Imperfect. The 13-year-old recently debuted a brand-new song called "Moonlight," and revealed the meaningful backstory that inspired it.


VanderWaal told USA Today that she wrote the song about her friend's struggle with depression. "I wrote about it because, I don't know, it was something happening at the time," she said. "And I always write about whatever's happening in the moment in my life."

"She always has a smile," VanderWaal sings in the track, later adding, "But I can see through it all / And she's about to break."

The singer spoke to fans about the song last week on Instagram, explaining, "A lot of people go through depression, and if you know someone or think someone is, please talk to them and try and reach out."

VanderWaal elaborated on the song's theme in an interview with Rookie magazine, saying, "It's something a lot of people are afraid to talk about and they shouldn't [be afraid] because it's a real thing and it happens to the best of us — it happens to a lot of people — and the song was heavily inspired by that."

In the song's music video, the young singer walks the streets of New York reminiscing about the good times. It's intercut with shots of VanderWaal playing her signature ukulele. Simon Cowell famously called her "the next Taylor Swift," but she continues to prove she has a voice of her own.

Watch the music video for "Moonlight" below:

(H/T: Teen Vogue)

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