When Grace first sang this song with the title "I'll hold your hand". She did not want to explain what it was about "I'd like it to just relate to you and not have my description of it impact the way you look at it".
When she posted this first video of the song, Grace wrote in the comments: "I hope you all enjoyed and could relate to this song! Me and my big sister are very close and I realised that I have never written a song about/for her so I pulled out my uke and let it all out"
Olivia didn't know about it, as Grace later told USA Today: "When I posted it to YouTube, (Olivia) told me she went to school, (and) everyone said, 'Did you see that song that your sister made for you?' She listened and started crying." There's a good chance that the tears returned a few weeks ago, when Vanderwaal played the song for her sister... and a live Dolby Theatre audience. (USA Today Sep 13, 2016) It was then performed as "Beautiful Thing".
"That’s a song I like wrote in my room. The original video on my YouTube channel was the day that I wrote that song. When we are making this in the studio, it changed a lot, but it wasn’t a forced change. It's kind of like how I always pictured the song, but I don’t play the piano and I don’t know how to write on the piano, so I was there with the Ukulele and it was that version, and I was like, I feel like making this a slow and beautiful song, and it developed into what it is on the EP. (Interview at the Perfectly Imperfect Launch Party 5-Dec-2016)
"If Grace VanderWaal wasn’t 13 years old, this song might be too sappy to handle. But she is 13, so the tween’s original love song is just a pure delight, devoid of cynicism and complication. “You think that you know my heart. And you probably do. That’s why I’m always with you,” sings VanderWaal, with a voice that sounds it should belong to a wistful 33-year-old. It’s not a string of elaborate metaphors. It’s not a story. It’s just a thank-you note or a birthday card from your best friend or significant other — or more likely, the person who’s both at the same time. VanderWaal debuted this song on America’s Got Talent earlier this summer, and now she’s got a sweet little EP out filled with unself-conscious sentiment and acoustic instruments. May we all be lucky enough to find the person who tells us simply, “Without you I am boring.” (Vulture.com 8 Best New Songs of the Week dec 6 2016)