She was three years old when she first started singing and she later began writing her own music at the age of 11. She first caught the judges' attention on AGT after she performed her original song "I Don't Know My Name."
She saved up her own money to purchase her first ukulele for her 11th birthday. She was inspired to take up the ukulele by a family friend and by Tyler Joseph.
She was born to Tina and Dave VanderWaal. She has an older sister named Olivia and an older brother named Jakob.