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Nicole Vaughn

Nicole Vaughn is a singer-songwriter from Southern California. Her rock-like intensity paired with her sincere, soulful lyrics have given folk music a whole new meaning. Nicole’s most recent album, “Say It” was produced by Kelly Winrich (Delta Spirit) and Todd Hannigan. The album received a Best Folk nomination from OC Music Awards. Nicole Vaughn spoke with Tuned In, Turned Up about her upcoming album, her favorite artists, and her goals for the future.

Who or what attracted you to songwriting and helped to influence your sound?

I originally started writing some pretty bad poetry around 11 and would try to write little melodies and songs too them. Eventually, at 13 I started to learn how to play the guitar and just put the three together. Although my influences have definitely changed, I loved Jewel when I was in middle school so I think that had a lot to do with it too. I loved her album “Spirit”.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome as an artist? 

Honestly, there are a lot of hard things that come with being an artist. In a way, I’m on working trying to desensitize myself to people’s praise or criticism. It can get dangerous if you listen to both of those too often. Just trying to do what I do and be confident in that.

If you could collaborate with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be?

Tough question here. I think I’d really like to collaborate with the band Vetiver. I just love the spirit of that band. Really groovy, mellow vibes that come in shades of serious songwriting as well as toe-tapping danceable songs. They’ve got a great balance. I’d love to write some tunes with them.

What are some of your favorite artists or bands at the moment?

Mason Jennings always. I love the new Emmylou Harris album “Hard Bargain”. The National, Vetiver, Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, Sharon Van Etten, Emiliana Torrini. Those are some artists that I’ve been listening to a lot of as of late.

If you could go back in time and attend one concert of any artist in history, which would you choose?

That list is endless! But…I would have loved to have seen Johnny Cash and June Carter sing together. It would have just been crazy to watch them up there and feel the energy that the crowd was feeling at the time.

What can we expect from your next album and when will we get to hear it?

It’s going to be quite different from “Say it”. It’s a two part album called “Songs for Leaving, Songs for Other Things” that I’m recording with my buddy Jon O’Brien. The first half will be more blue grass/folk based featuring my friends Moonsville Collective and the second will be more electric. We’re in the midst of recording right now so I’m hoping to have it out by late June.

Do you have a long-term goal for your music, or dream as an artist?

I’d really just love to be able to do it as a living. I’d love to tour, do festivals, play shows abroad, have a decently packed room each night, and put out albums every couple of years with songs that I believe in. I want to play with soulful, respected, and kind musicians. We’ll see what the future holds. No matter how it turns out I’ll be fine cuz’ I’ll never stop playing and creating.


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Nicole Vaughn’s album “Say It” can be purchased on CD Baby or iTunes.

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Jonathan Korszyk, aka Vienne, is a singer-songwriter from Southern California whose music has been featured on shows like Gossip Girl, Chuck, Hollywood Heights, and Teen Mom. Jonathan talked with Tuned In, Turned Up about the inspiration for his latest Memes project, his goals, and what collaborations he’d like to do in the future.

What are some things that inspire your songwriting?

I’m mostly inspired by real life experiences, both mine and of others. There’s just so much to the human story that it’s actually hard not to be inspired as a writer in all the crazy stuff that happens. Good, bad, ups, downs, love, hate, war, peace… Craziness

Is there something you’d like to accomplish in your songwriting career that you haven’t yet, and if so, what?

I’d love to write with/for Pop artists like Ellie Goulding, Frank Ocean, Chris Brown, Ke$ha, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, as different as they all are. Writing in the styles each of them have is fun and just as enjoyable to me as some of the more off-centre stuff that I have released on my own. I’d also love to write a masterpiece like Bohemian Rhapsody. That’s insanely good songwriting if you ask me.

What other artists or bands have made an impact on both you and your music?

I’ve been greatly impacted by Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, The Tallest Man on Earth. I also got to meet Leonard Cohen a few years back and it changed my life in many ways. We talked about love, poetry, faith and Los Angeles traffic. He is the kindest artist I’ve met and in our short time together was able to transfer such courage and curiosity to my soul.

My musical influences are also those artists and others like Damon Albarn, Phil Collins, The Beach Boys, David Gray, Jeff Buckley, Echo & The Bunnymen… It really is like a musical adventure every day.

What advice would you give to young artists looking to pursue a career as a musician?

Learn to do the things you hate to do, and ask for help as often as you can. And above any advice given, remember your passionate creativity is your center.

Which of your songs are you most proud of and why?

I’m proud of the song ‘She Breaks’, because of the intention I put into writing it and its positive effect on people. It has really connected to lot’s of listeners first through Teen Mom, and then with the music video being used by the ILO in the fight against human trafficking.

What was the inspiration for your recently released record, Memes 1, and how is the Memes project different from what you’ve done previously as an artist?

I got the concept from reading some Richard Dawkins. We are all Meme Machines. Whenever we copy habits, skills, stories or songs, these are memes and we humans copy them all the time.  Sometimes we imitate and vary what we copy by making errors or deliberate alterations. I’ve always had the desire to write and release music that is wide in genre and different from song to song given my broad musical influences. I’ve been fortunate to have the freedom to do so without being constrained by anyone else, so I figure why not take full advantage of that. I’m not re-inventing the wheel or anything, just doing what I love to do and being spontaneous with creativity.

Are there any collaborations you’d like to see happen for your next record or in the future?

I’d love to write with Matt Hales (Aqualung), Joel Pott (Athlete) or Gary Lightbody soon. I’d also love to work with Ron Sexsmith, Sara Bareilles, Tim Rice-Oxley, Alison Sudol, Dustin O’Halloran to name a few of my favorites.

“Feather” – Vienne

“Silent Unusual” – Vienne


Vienne’s latest album, Memes 1, can be purchased on iTunes

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