Victoria Vox - the one woman band
Victoria Vox is an award-winning songwriter and performer. Originally from Green Bay, WI, Vox has lived in France, England, Nashville, Baltimore, and now resides in Costa Mesa, CA.
Vox is an 'ukulele-toting award-winning songwriter and performer. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10, (first on keyboard, then on guitar), she studied at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and in 2003, she took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment. Her acoustic music style shifted to chanson tinged with jazz, which, over the years, has settled in nicely with her pop songwriting flair. She loves to make an audience laugh...and cry. Her songs are genuine, sometimes quirky, spanning a wide array of emotions. Since the release of her first ukulele album in 2006 (... and her Jumping Flea), Vox has been one of the leading songwriters on the ukulele scene, featured on the covers of Ukulele Magazine (U.S.) and Uke Mag (U.K.). She has been on festival line ups with other top-notch ukers: James Hill, Daniel Ho, Jake Shimabukuro, Brittni Paiva, and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. However, she straddles into the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler.
She performs mostly as a one-woman-band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos (on mouth-trumpet), and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice. A stage name can be a becoming thing. "Vox" (in latin) means voice, and along with her care for the environment (1% for the Planet Member), she has written and donated songs to the American Aspergers Association and the Duchenne Foundation.
On a lighter note, she also has perfected the Mouth-Trumpet which, to some, is considered a form of "beat-boxing". Vox takes improvisational solos echoing the tones of trumpet genius, Chet Baker, solely with her voice. This odd and quirky talent, nonetheless, landed her on the Jay Leno Show (2009) and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal (2015).
Her 10th album, Colorful Heart, is consistently eclectic, as her previous albums, however, a new sound is achieved in her songwriting. Anything is possible with a ukulele, and Victoria Vox is proof.
Vox also performs with her husband, Jack Maher, and the two have been working on their Americana / Indie Folk duo, Jack & the Vox.
Awards and Achievements
• 2019 Nominee Contemporary Album for "Colorful Heart" Independent Music Awards
• 2018 Issue 16 (December) cover of Uke Magazine w/ feature article
• 2016 Baker Artist Awards, Finalist
• 2015 Spring issue cover of Ukulele Magazine with 4 page interview
• 2014 Nominee Contemporary Album for “Key” Independent Music Awards
• 2014 Performed her original, “The Bird Song” with 2500 ukulele-strumming-children in Auckland, New Zealand. Inclusion of her song has been in their songbook for 2 years.
• 2013 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Finalist and People’s Choice Winner
• 2012 Original Song Project completion: 52 songs in one year
• 2011 Winner - Vox Pop Award for “Exact Change” Independent Music Awards
• 2009-10 Artist in Residence (AIR) at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center
• 2009 First Place for “C'est Noyé” International Acoustic Music Awards
• 2008 Runner-Up for "My Darlin' Beau" International Acoustic Music Awards
• Six-time Wammies Winner (Washington Area Music Awards)
• Relix Magazine and Washington D.C.'s City's Best lists of artists to watch
Television / Film
• June, Adrift (film released 2015): “Let It Go”, “Summertime” (original)
• Affinity Health Commercial (used 2010 – 2012) “Summertime” (original)
• On the Road with Victoria Vox interview in the documentary, “Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog” (2010)
• Westbound (film released 2009) opening song “Out On the Rails” (original)
• Lost in Woonsocket (film released in 2008): “America” (original)
Victoria Vox now lives in Costa Mesa, CA. Here is an interview done in her previous home of Baltimore, MD.