In addition to a performance by Grace, this year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony — which kicks off at 6:30 PM — also features music by Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir of Harlem. In addition to the lighting of 60-foot Norway Spruce tree from Hinsdale, Pennsylvania, there will also be a seven-foot Chanukah menorah on display. The event, as presented by the Hallmark Channel, coincides with Giving Tuesday; the Seaport District’s Howard Hughes Corporation will be making a donation to the Peck Slip School music program as part of Giving Tuesday. More info on all things Seaport and Howard Hughes-related can be found at www.seaportdistrict.nyc.
Grace — who Simon Cowell has called “the next Taylor Swift” — caught up with Downtown for some Q&A about what’s ahead for her, Seaport District appearance included. She can be followed on Twitter via @GraceVanderWaal and otherwise visited online at www.gracevanderwaalofficial.com.
What do you remember about the first time you ever performed live in New York? Where was it?
Grace VanderWaal: Before I auditioned for America’s Got Talent I did performances at a few local coffee shops around my town.
Any idea what you’ll be performing at the Seaport District tree lighting?
GVW: Yes, I’ll be performing “I Don’t Know My Name,” “Light The Sky,” and a cover of “Jingle Bell Rock”
Aside from the tree lighting event, what is coming up for you?
GVW: I’m so excited, my first EP is coming out this Friday, Dec. 2nd! And for the holidays. I am spending time with my family, which will be nice.
Do you have a favorite song on your new EP?
GVW: I LOVE “Gossip Girl!” I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.
A lot of people first learned about you from America’s Got Talent. Is there something you wish more people knew about you?
GVW: I have a brother! (laughs) Love you Jakob.
When not busy with your career, how do you like to spend your free time?
GVW: Playing with my new puppy Frankenstein — Frankie, for short.
Finally, Grace, any last words for the kids?
GVW: Even if people turn you down and tell you aren’t the best, keep at it and be patient. If it’s supposed to happen, it will.