The new LACES LP “Super Weirdo” is out Congrats to alt-pop artist LACES – AKA Jessica Vaughn on the new release! “Right now, the music I’m making feels like a conversation and an observation, and less of a judgment,” LACES says. She’s home in Los Angeles, taking a moment to consider her new artistic direction. Still defined by the openness and cashmere voice that originally set her apart, LACES hasn’t glossed over her darkly compelling jagged edges. She’s just allowing more of her warmth, self-acceptance, and light to be heard, too.
I’ve never had trouble accessing all of these uncomfortable parts of myself and then hanging myself out to dry in a song, and allowing people to take what they want from that,” LACES says. “I feel like that’s your job as an artist: to say the uncomfortable thing that makes people think and helps them feel less alone
LACES has channelled her musical chops, self-awareness, and empathy into a multitude of creative channels. The diversity of her output is dizzying: As LACES, she writes and performs subtly brilliant pop songs. Under her legal name, Jessica Vaughn, she pens and produces music for Hasbro cartoons such as Jem & the Holograms, Baby Alive, Littlest Pet Shop, Equestria Girls, and more, and has secured placements on series and specials on the CW, Netflix, ABC, and others, as well as films. She also continues to write gems for other recording artists.
“I wanted to make sure I had enough eggs in different baskets to change this industry from within–and to be respected as a businesswoman,” LACES says. “I realized that my experience as a woman had been shaped by a lot of people making decisions for me. While I think it’s important to be collaborative and to ask for help, you never want to be in a position where you don’t have power or agency over your career or yourself.”
LACES’ wisdom and independence are deep-rooted and hard-won. She first turned heads as Charlotte Sometimes, and smart bets were placed on her becoming a bona fide pop star. Signed to Geffen Records at just 18-years-old, she had already displayed enough raw talent at 16 to attract heavy-hitting management and a vocal coach whose client roster included Lady Gaga and the Rolling Stones. “It was a whirlwind experience,” LACES remembers. “I was a sheltered teenager, then I got signed and was taking the train by myself from home in Jersey to New York every Monday and touring the country.” VH1 named Charlotte Sometimes a “You Oughta Know Artist,” and her debut album, Waves and the Both of Us hit the Heatseekers Chart. Outlets including Elle Magazine rushed to highlight her.