This Mississippi native has had an immense passion for singing since the age of 5. In the following years, such a passion has motivated RayVaughn to join several school choirs. His pursuit in learning just how far he could go with his phenomenal voice was immeasurable. After graduating high school, RayVaughn received a 4 year choir scholarship to Mississippi Valley State University. He was part of the chamber classical, a cappella, gospel and concert choirs. RayVaughn, with the understanding of how great his range truly is and what he was able to do in the past believes that the sky is the limit. He knows that one day he will become a legendary artist.
RayVaughn is also very versatile with his musical abilities. He knows how to read and teach music, write songs and play musical instruments. With his debut album, “Elements of RayVaughn,” he is more focused than ever. Being the primary writer on this album gives fans and the industry an outlet of his true creativity. RayVaughn has a lot to offer those who listen to his creations. His physique makes him the total package. Ladies have given him the nickname….”Superman of R&B”.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
RAYVAUGHN: I have been singing since the age of 5. I started out singing in the church choir. I used to sing with the Mississippi Mass Choir. I was in choir in both middle school and high school. I received a full choir scholarship to Mississippi Valley State University by singing for the choir director over the phone. I was part of the concert, gospel, acapella, and classical choirs. I know how to read and teach music. I can play the drums,play notes, keys, and a few songs on the piano. I currently sing R&B and Pop Music but I have a love and respect for all genres.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
RAYVAUGHN: I feel that I have been blessed with a gift. I’ve known since I was a little boy that this was my dream. There was a time doctors told my parents I wouldn’t be able to speak so with that past knowledge in mind, it became a joy watching the happiness on people’s faces when I would sing in church, talent shows or plays. My life’s journey is composed of several songs and albums in itself. I have a story I think people would enjoy hearing.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
RAYVAUGHN: R&B is about emotion. It can be about love, happiness, sadness, loneliness, or any other emotion you may have. I have songs describing my personality. I have songs about heartbreaks. I have songs about break-ups and make-ups. On the other hand, I have party songs and dance songs as well. I try to create music that relates not only to my current situations, but also to the stories and situations I hear from my family members and friends about work, or something we saw on the news, etc. I use my surroundings to inspire me.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
RAYVAUGHN: I definitely admire the legends and draw influence from Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and R. Kelly. I also look up to current artists such as Beyonce, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Usher, Miguel, and Luke James.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
RAYVAUGHN: My music is real and relatable. I think sometimes artist can get caught up in singing about life after fame which really doesn’t relate to the majority of the fans that buy our music and follow us to the shows, etc. When people hear my music, they will feel as if it was written just for them or about them.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artist?
RAYVAUGHN: As I travel to different shows, showcases, conferences, or entertainment mixers, I’ve noticed that a lot of artists have the look, but are vocally challenged if they are not in the studio. I feel I have the total package, the looks, the vocals, and the versatility. My music is bigger than Dallas. I try to operate and come across as an international artist. Some artists do not know how to dream outside of their current “hood” or situation.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you’ve had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
RAYVAUGHN: This ties into part of my last response. Dallas, right now is all about hip-hop and southern rap. Since Dallas is where I currently live, I have to work twice as hard in Dallas than I have to when I go to L.A. or Atlanta for example.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
RAYVAUGHN: I’m currently working on completing an album entitled “The Element’s of RayVaughn.” This album will tell a story and also show what I mean by being a versatile artist and having a passion for other genres. I stay true to R&B but add a flair of rock, hip hop, and pop. I’m also working on starting a series of documentary type videos so that fans can see what things are like when I’m in the studio, or traveling, or at band rehearsal, or preparing for a show, or a photo shoot, or video shoot. Lastly, I’m working on rebuilding my website, and finding more shows and performance opportunities outside of Dallas.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
RAYVAUGHN: I have a list of objectives I hope to accomplish within ten years. They are stated below:
– I want to have a major record deal.
– I plan to become a mainstream artist.
– I want to open up for someone like Beyonce, Chris Brown, etc.
– I desire to have my music played and performed all around the world.
– I intend to sponsor/start a charity or foundation for vocally impaired children.
– I wish to be awarded the Best New Artist Award.
– Lastly, in 10 years I see myself not only signed with a major label, but making hit records and touring across the world. By then, I would have relocated to another major city, won several awards, and sold millions of albums. My foundation would be up and flourishing. I would be staring in a major film or television series. I could really go on and on because I feel like the sky is the limit.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
RAYVAUGHN: My music is at www.reverbnation.com/RayVaughn4real and SoundCloud www.soundcloud.com/RayVaughn4real. For Facebook, Twitter, and InstaGram go to: @RayVaughn4real. Also you can email my manager EmJay at firstname.lastname@example.org for business inquiries.
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