A brand new period! Grace VanderWaal is able to reintroduce herself together with her newest single, “Don’t Assume What You Don’t Know.”
The singer-songwriter, 17, launched the edgy, alternative-pop music and its accompanying music video at midnight on Friday, March 5, through Columbia Records.
“It’s about someone facing the truth about Hollywood, going through that process and realizing that they’re in too deep,” VanderWaal stated in an announcement. “It feels really good to express yourself so freely. It’s empowering and very healing.”
In the retro-inspired video, the America’s Got Talent season 11 winner swaps out her signature ukulele for a bass guitar and reveals off her newly shaved head, which lately made her go viral on TikTok.
“I am very smart, and I usually know what things are going to make people talk or grasp attention, but that I didn’t expect in the slightest,” she advised Nylon in an interview revealed on Thursday, March 4. “I realized the world is so much more sexist than I thought. People jump to mad conclusions for a woman having short hair, like ‘[she’s having a] mental breakdown or on drugs.’ What does that say about us?”
That stated, the social media trolls’ commentary “exhilarated” VanderWaal, who advised the journal, “Lately, I don’t know what’s going on in my brain or what happened to me, but all of a sudden, I like to make people uncomfortable, and I want people to ask themselves why they’re uncomfortable with whatever I’m doing. I actually think that’s why I really like punk music; they’re doing things to make people uncomfortable. I want this whole project to just be about just completely unapologetic self-expression. If you’re uncomfortable, screw you. That’s your own s–t to work through.”
In addition to having extra music within the works, the younger star is gearing as much as star within the upcoming sequel to her first film, Stargirl, which premiered on Disney+ in 2020.