Nicole Vaughn began writing songs as a young teenager. She honed her skills as a songwriter and performed anywhere from house parties to coffee shops to NAMM. She put a band together in 2009 and they began playing bars and clubs all over Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego including, House of Blues, Observatory, Hotel Cafe, Detroit Bar, and many more.
Vaughn was influenced heavily by legends such as Mason Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson, Wilco, Neko Case and others. This was the music of her soul. And yet her own sound was no mere rehash of these influences. Vaughn's music was accessible, startling, sincere, and sometimes painfully catchy.
But the band Vaughn compiled was far from homogenous. Kris Butcher and Garrison Giali (guitar and drums, respectively) were born and bred in the punk scene of Orange County and bring a certain grit and attitude to both their playing and their stage presence. Bassist Dylan Bowes reigns in the diverse musical elements of each band member and helps maintain a cohesive but unique sound. Eli Balmer's strong vocal presence and command of her percussion instruments brings spice to the soundscape.
Some accomplishments include Nicole's solo music being featured in the award winning 2010 documentary "Finding Kind", playing for Martin Guitar Co. at NAMM in 2009 and 2010, the band being named best Folk act of 2011 by OC Weekly, playing at the 2012 Orange County Music Awards and also winning the 2012 Orange County Music Award for Best Country/Americana. Nicole's voice has also been featured in licensing opportunities for companies such as McDonald's.
Nicole Vaughn - Vocals, Guitar
Dylan Bowes - Vocals, Bass
Eli Balmer - Vocals, Percussion
Kris Butcher - Vocals, Guitar
Garrison Giali - Drums
Nicole Vaughn's solo album "Say It" (produced by Kelly Winrich of Delta Spirit) is available on iTunes and streaming at her website.
The new EP "(Almost) Live" by Nicole Vaughn and Her Lovely Band is available for free download at their Bandcamp site nicolevaughnandherlovelyband.bandcamp.com and is also available on 7" vinyl.
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