I Don't Know My Name

Album: Perfectly Imperfect (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • 12-year-old Grace VanderWaal wowed audiences and judges with her performance of this poignant ballad on the June 7, 2016 episode of America's Got Talent. The New York pre-teen strummed an ukulele as she sung the tune. She told Radio.com: "I started playing ukulele about two years ago, around when I was ten. A lot of people tell me I should play guitar, and how ukulele is not really an instrument— kind of a toy. I really beg to differ because I think you can really get good on it. Maybe one day I'll play guitar, but think ukulele will always be my main instrument because I love it."
  • "I Don't Know My Name" is an original song, in which Grace explores the theme of her identity. She told Rolling Stone: "It's about how I've gone through so many different phases and styles and friendships, and it's about how now, I think that this is who I want to be and this is what I want my life path to be."

Comments: 6

  • Hey from A VentTbh I agree that she may be part of LGBTQ+ I mean, I think maybe the message was that she came out of da closet when her sisters friend entered her life? Meh idk part from that I don’t know any other meaning this song could potentially hold.
  • Maya from Canada Torontoi LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your music! its just so awsoeme can't stop lisining to it:)
  • Ella from IdkI love music you grace!!
  • Sele Na from PhilippinesHer songs are meaningful. People just doesnt understand what does it means
  • Random Person from From Nowhereikr, I was getting LGBTQIA+ vibes
  • E from My Location TfI can’t be the only one who thought Grace might be part of the LGBTQ+ community?
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