By Amanda Wicks
After stealing America’s hearts, winning season 11 of America’s Got Talent and releasing her own EP Perfectly Imperfect, Grace returns with the lyric video for her empowering single “Clay.”
VanderWaal originally debuted the song for her finale performance on America’s Got Talent. Although she hasn’t aligned with any anti-bullying campaigns or coalitions, the message seems a necessary reminder for anyone who has faced that issue.
On the chorus, VanderWaal sings, “Cause you don’t hurt me/ I won’t mold to your silly words/ I won’t live inside your world/ Cuz your punches and your names/ All your jokes and stupid games/ They don’t work, no they don’t hurt/ Watch them just go right through me/ Because they mean nothing to me.”
The lyric video is, appropriately enough, stop animation with a piece of clay at the center. The sorbet-colored clay morphs and molds into different pretty shapes until it eventually reveals VanderWaal, who rises above the mass. It’s a pastel colored look at strength.