Simon Cowell Is Calling This 12-Year-Old Musician “The Next Taylor Swift”

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When this young girl came on the “America’s Got Talent” stage and said she was going to perform an original song, what I expected was nothing more than sweet, innocent lyrics and a sweet, innocent voice — but what I, America and the “AGT” judges got was so much better.

Performing a song called, what I assume is something like, “Know My Name,” Grace VanderWaal proved that big, strong voices and powerhouse writers can, in fact, come in cute little 12-year-old packages. Upon the last note sung and the last strum of the ukulele, the audience and the judges were on their feet in applause — and I, personally, teared up a bit because it was that good.

Grace, obviously, made it through to the next round and received the world’s most flattering compliment from Simon Cowell when he said, “I think you are the next Taylor Swift.”